Leave No Trace Ireland delivered its fourth Advanced Trainer course
Leave No Trace Ireland are delighted to announce the 2019 Advanced Trainer Course has taken place in Lough Lannagh in Castlebar, Co Mayo from March 18th -22nd.
The training programme provides senior Leave No Trace educators with comprehensive facilitation training on Leave No Trace skills and ethics. The increase of outdoor recreation in Ireland over recent years is having a significant impact on our countryside. Research undertaken by Leave No Trace have indicated where good education programmes are embedded, they are a valuable tool in the reduction of environmental impacts.
Participants on the course learned the practical application of a 2-day trainer field-based course and learn how to customise the Leave No Trace framework to a bespoke environment or audience. This training is supported by The Department of Rural and Community Development.
Leave No Trace Ireland were delighted to welcome Ben Lawhon as Course Director. Ben is currently Education Director with Leave No Trace Centre of Outdoor Ethics. Ben was assisted by co-trainer, Aodhnait Carroll from Outdoor Learning Ireland. The 5-day programme includes the principles of education, effective communication techniques, and techniques to customise the Leave No Trace message for any environment in Ireland.
The 12 participants from diverse backgrounds also participated in a wild camping expedition in Wild Nephin where they practiced Leave No Trace principles and explored the current social and environmental impacts surrounding outdoor ethics in Ireland.