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Leave No Trace Ireland Training For Walking Groups in Donegal

Leave No Trace Ireland are delivering a series of free training courses in Donegal for a range of outdoor recreational groups and local communities. This is to enable them to protect, preserve and enhance Donegal’s upland, coastal and inland environments through responsible outdoor recreation.

The training courses are available to the following five categories – walking and hiking groups, on and off-road cycling groups, watersport groups, adventure race and festival organisers, and local communities.

This particular course is suitable for walking and hiking groups.

Key learnings from the course will be:

  • An understanding of the concept and organisation of Leave No Trace in Ireland
  • The motivations for participation in outdoor recreation
  • The seven principles of Leave No Trace and how you can apply them when out walking in the great outdoors
  • Biodiversity - an understanding of outdoor landscape and habitats
  • Developing awareness to making good decisions to help reduce your impact when you are outdoors

This course will allow you to educate fellow walkers within your walking or hiking group on how to enjoy and engage with the outdoors responsibly and protect and preserve the environments you explore.

Trainer Profile
This course will be facilitated by Ursula MacPherson who has been involved in outdoor education and specialist outdoor training for almost forty years. As a keen mountaineer, sea kayaker and mountain biker (to name just a few of her interests), Ursula's personal experience, combined with her training as a Leave No Trace Ireland trainer has allowed her to develop an engaging and enjoyable programme for all five groups.

Course Details:
Workshop Day 1: Friday 21st June 2019:
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (Light refreshments on arrival)

Workshop Day 2: Saturday 22nd June 2019:
Time: 10:00 to 16:00 (Light refreshments on arrival & lunch provided)

This course is funded by LEADER through the Donegal LCDC and implemented by Donegal Local Development Company CLG (DLDC) and is only available to those aged 18 years or older who reside in the following catchment areas, and who belong to a walking and hiking group.

North Donegal
Ramelton - Milford - Cranford - Carrigart - Ballyare - Kilmacrennan - Termon - Cresslough - Dunfanaghy - Rathmullan - Kerrykeel - Portsalon - Fanad

East Donegal
Letterkenny - Drumkeen - Stranorlar - Ballybofey - Killygordon - Liscolley - Castlefin - Doneyloop - Lifford - St.Johnston - Carrigans - Ballyindrait - Raphoe - Convoy

South Donegal
Barnesmore - Donegal Town - Mountcharles - Inver - Frosses - Bruckless - Dunkineely - Killybegs - Glenties - Ardara - Portnoo - Laghey - Pettigo - Ballintra - Rossnowlagh - Ballyshannon - Bundoran

13 spaces are available on this course and are expected to fill up fast. Early booking is recommended. If you have any questions regarding this course please email: or phone: 0044 28 9030 3930

What to Bring:
This course will comprise of indoor and outdoor elements, therefore suitable outdoor clothing and footwear is essential. Water will be provided, however, course attendees should bring their own reusable water bottles.

Other training courses are available for cycling groups, watersport groups, adventure race and festival organisers and local communities. For a full list of the available training courses from May to October 2019 please see our events page. More dates will be added as venues are confirmed.

Cancellation Policy: 
Due to the high demand for this course those who can no longer attend should notify Jayne Woodrow by email: at least one week prior to the course. Failure to do so may result in you being charged.

This programme is led by Leave No Trace Ireland, the national centre for outdoor ethics, in partnership with Donegal Local Development Company CLG (DLDC).

Click here to book your place:

Friday, 21 June, 2019 to Saturday, 22 June, 2019