Upcoming Leave No Trace Training in Upstate NY

WinterCampers.com has been an advocate of Leave No Trace (LNT) since learning of the program in the late 1990s. We have individuals who attended LNT Trainer and Master Educator training and look to apply that training to our winter camping experiences.

There are two upcoming opportunities for LNT Trainer training: one in May as part of a larger adventure course and the 2nd in June in the normal Trainer class format.

Northern Basin Kayak Expedition/Leave No Trace Trainer Course |Adirondack Community College Adventure Sports | When: May 16 – 19, 2008 | Where: Lake George, NY

Cost: $500. Course fee includes LNT materials, meals (lunch first day – lunch last day), transportation to put-in and from take-out, camping permits and group equipment. Course fees do not include Touring Kayak, Paddle and personal equipment.

Description: A unique opportunity to experience the Northern Basin of Lake George by engaging in a dynamic interdisciplinary course combining a kayak expedition, outdoor leadership skills, expert interpretation of the natural, human and conservation history of Lake George, and a Leave No Trace Trainer training. Participants will receive in depth background on the Leave No Trace principles, guidance and practice in effective ways to present Leave No Trace to clients, ecological concerns and minimum impact skills. Successful completion of this course leads to a Leave No Trace Trainer Certificate. This is an expeditionary-based course that includes a kayak expedition 4 day 3 night kayak expedition on Lake George from Ft. Ticonderoga to Bolton Landing. Course content will also include paddling instruction and guest lecturers from local conservation agencies and ACC.

Instructor: Rick Dawson, Director of ACC Adventure Sports. Contact: Rick Dawson, ACC Adventure Sports, dawsonr@sunyacc.edu or call 518. 743.2250. Registration through ACC Center for Personal and Professional Development.

Leave No Trace Trainer Course |Lake Placid, NY

When: 9:00 AM Saturday, June 28, 2008 – 2:00 PM Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Where: Adirondack Mountain Club’s Heart Lake Program Center, Lake Placid, NY

Cost: $75 ADK members / $83 non-members (includes instruction, food, use of group gear, camping, materials, and parking)

Who: Anyone interested in learning about Leave No Trace and sharing the message with others. Participants must have proper camping clothing and gear.

Description: The Adirondack Mountain Club is offering a two-day, low-mileage backpacking format course designed to enhance your understanding of Leave No Trace practices and ethics and to increase your level of expertise and confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills. This course is designed for outdoor educators, guides, youth leaders, agency employees and other outdoor professionals who value the land and want to teach others how to protect it. Through focused activities, hands-on field experience and both formal and informal discussions, you will be introduced to concepts and methods that will advance your knowledge of Leave No Trace issues, expand your repertoire of low-impact skills and increase your effectiveness in teaching these important skills to others. Instruction will concentrate on the incorporation of low impact techniques in camping and backpacking settings, but we will not be teaching basic camping skills. Participants should have camping or other outdoor experience prior to enrolling in this course. Upon successful completion of the Leave No Trace Trainer course each participant will become a Leave No Trace Trainer from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in Boulder, CO. Instructor: Ryan Doyle, Master Educator, 518.523.3480 Contact: Register by calling 518.523.3441


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