HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (March 11, 2016) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will offer three Leave No Trace Master Educator courses across the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) this year for those interested in advancing their understanding of responsible backcountry ethics. Registration is now open for the courses, which will be held in the late spring and summer in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Visit www.appalachiantrail.org/lnt for enrollment instructions or for more information.
“Most recreationists are familiar with the concept of Leave No Trace, and many can recite the phrase ‘pack it in, pack it out,’” said Marian Orlousky, the ATC’s Northern Resource Management Coordinator. “However, what some people don’t realize is that there is a great deal more to the study of Leave No Trace than simply the proper disposal of waste.”
The Master Educator course, which was designed by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, is a five-day, field-based course intended to deepen participants’ understanding of the seven principles of Leave No Trace. The course teaches participants the skills and ethics necessary for safe, fun and responsible outdoor recreation, and perhaps more importantly, how to effectively share these lessons with others. From how to prepare for a trip, to the least impactful ways to have a campfire, to the multiple ways to build a proper bear hang, to how (and where) to poop in the woods, the Master Educator course covers it all.
Through classroom discussions, demonstrations and a four-day backpacking trip, participants explore the seven principles as well as their personal backcountry ethics. Upon completion of the course, participants will be qualified to teach shorter two-day Leave No Trace Trainer Courses designed for the general public.
2016 Master Educator Course Offerings
Massachusetts – May 2 to 6
Kellogg Conservation Center, Southern Berkshires
South Egremont, MA
Pennsylvania – June 27 to July 1
Ironmaster’s Mansion, Pine Grove Furnace State Park & Michaux State Forest
Southwest Virginia – Aug. 8 to 12
Konnarock Base Camp, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
Sugar Grove, VA
The ATC is one of just 11 organizations in the United States that can offer Leave No Trace Master Educator courses to the public. Because course sizes are limited in an effort to minimize impact, honor group use policies, and provide an intimate learning environment, those interested in a course are encouraged to apply now. To register, or for more information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/lnt or contact Orlousky at [email protected].
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]