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  • 1.  Leave No Trace Principles

    Posted 12-05-2023 09:28 AM
    Not only does nature have the ability to sustain us, but it can connect us and bring out our creativity as well. How do you minimize your environmental impact while spending time in nature? 

    If you're looking for ways to teach your kids about protecting the environment or would like to learn more yourself, I came across a nonprofit, Leave No Trace, that offers several free courses. 

    Please note, I have not personally gone through these courses myself. 


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    Sierra
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  • 2.  RE: Leave No Trace Principles

    Posted 12-05-2023 12:54 PM

    These are great courses, Sierra! Our son is a Cub Scout, and they talk a lot about Leave No trace.

    One of our biggest areas of emphasis is staying on the trail! 



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    Meghan Wieten-Scott
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  • 3.  RE: Leave No Trace Principles

    Posted 12-05-2023 07:55 PM

    My daughter and I were just reading a book that reinforced staying on the trail because these three little girls got lost when they spotted a bird and tried to follow it-such an important rule of thumb; thanks for sharing. 



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    Sierra
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  • 4.  RE: Leave No Trace Principles

    Posted 12-06-2023 09:15 AM

    So glad to see you mention LNT! Especially for newer hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, it's so good to learn those from the start so they're good habits. Staying on trail is a big one for us. We also pack in, pack out. Even biodegradeable items, like orange peels, shouldn't be left on trails because they're not native to the area and animals can eat them. 

    REI sometimes has local classes or free events talking about LNT, among other things, too! 



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    Sheila Rupp
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  • 5.  RE: Leave No Trace Principles

    Posted 12-06-2023 06:58 PM

    I love that you mentioned even biodegradable items, Sheila. Thanks for sharing. 



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    Sierra
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  • 6.  RE: Leave No Trace Principles

    Posted 12-06-2023 12:30 PM

    Yes, Leave No Trace is so important., I had no idea that they offer free courses. Thank you for the info!



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    Rachel Carpenter
    Program Manager, Blue Star Families of Puget Sound
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  • 7.  RE: Leave No Trace Principles

    Posted 12-06-2023 06:59 PM

    No problem, Rachel 🥰



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    Sierra
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