After a 112-day training blitz in 24 states in America, the Leave No Trace American e-tour, a team of mobile Leave No Trace educators, just completed their last programme for 2008. This educational initiative provided direct training to over 4,500 people, primarily children and their families, this summer as part of a national effort to teach Leave No Trace ethics and principles as well as to help make the critical connection between people and the outdoors.
The e-tour, a programme sponsored by The Coleman Company, brings hands-on Leave No Trace demonstrations, interactive activities and general Leave No Trace education to the public in America. The team travels to retailers specialising in Coleman outdoor products in order to promote Leave No Trace information to children and families. The programme provides basic Leave No Trace education programmes that inspire youth to get outside while promoting responsible enjoyment of the outdoors.
This summer, Colorado-based educators of Leave No Trace America, Kate Bullock and Tracy Howard visited outdoor retailers across the country such as Bass Pro Shops, L.L. Bean, Cabela’s, Coleman Outlet Stores as well as national and state parks to provide Leave No Trace workshops, courses and outreach.
Dana Watts, Leave No Trace’s America’s Executive Directors says, “The e-tour’s strategy of reaching people with Leave No Trace education where they are buying their outdoor products has been a very successful way to get the program into people’s hands. Because of this program, thousands of people have tangible skills to protect the outdoor places that they love.”