CSU-Pueblo offers Leave No Trace seminar for outdoors

Spend two days at the Greenway Nature Center learning how to minimize human impacts in both the Colorado back country and front country at a seminar this Saturday (March 3) offered by Colorado State University – Pueblo’s Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program.

Besides learning about the seven Leave No Trace principles listed below, participants have the opportunity to examine their own wilderness ethic, what it is and why it is important. This hands-on class includes discussion and active learning methods to teach the Leave No Trace philosophy. Weather permitting, significant time will be spent outside in the riparian classroom provided by the Nature Center location beside the Arkansas River.

The course fee is $75 for CSU-Pueblo students and $100 for non-students. The course may be taken for one credit through the CSU-Pueblo Outdoor Adventure Leadership program. The instructors for the course are Michal Hughes and John Borton, both adjunct faculty in the CSU-Pueblo Exercise Science, Health Promotion, and Recreation Department.

Course Description:

Participants receive introductory training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics in a condensed two-day format. The Trainer Course assists the student participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and techniques for disseminating these low impact skills.

Successful graduates of the Trainer Course gain the skills to teach Leave No Trace techniques and ethics to their clients, friends and family. Participants learn the concepts of Leave No Trace and prepare to teach Leave No Trace curriculum in a variety of settings-schools, camps, parks, wilderness and front country areas. Workshop topics include the underlying ethics and seven principles of Leave No Trace:

• Plan Ahead and Prepare
• Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
• Dispose of Waste Properly
• Leave What You Find
• Minimize Campfire Impacts
• Respect Wildlife
• Be Considerate of Other Visitors

For more information or to register, call Hughes in the Experiential Learning Center, 549-2087.

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