November 19th, 2016
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a program that teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This program is conducted on many public lands, such as Fire Island National Seashore. Presented by Park Ranger Steve and assisted by many other park rangers and volunteers, various boy and girl scout groups were educated on outdoor ethics. Through education and outreach this Leave No Trace program helps to “ensure long-term health of our natural world” and its over all goal is about “making good decisions to protect the world around you – the world what we all enjoy”.
As listed on lnt.org, Leave No Trace has four strategies and three goals. They are as following:
“1. Make Leave No Trace relevant and accessible for all people who spend time outside (PEOPLE)
2. Make Leave No Trace prominent, relevant and accessible in the outdoors (LANDS)
3. Ensure all outdoor programs/organizations embrace and champion Leave No Trace (COLLABORATION)
4. Organizational Sustainability (SUSTAINABILITY) — an organization that is thriving financially, broadly supported and coupled with strong leadership to ensure our ability to pursue our mission into the future.”
- Leave No Trace in Every Park.
- Leave No Trace integrated into every youth and school program that take kids outdoors.
- Every person who ventures outside puts leave no trace practices into action.
As National Park Service employees and affiliates, we all put Leave No Trace practices into action when we are enjoying the outdoors and guiding visitors. Through various activities, skits, and hands on lessons, children as well as parents absorbed these teachings throughout the event. The event took place at the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness on Fire Island National Seashore. This location was a perfect place for the event as it is the only federally designated wilderness area in New York state. The children as well as the parents really participated and seemed to have gained a lot of information from the program. This program provides a compelling venue for educating the public about outdoor ethics.