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Leave No Trace – Outdoor Ethics 6:00 PM Topsham Public Library , TOPSHAM

Have you taken a hike? Been on a picnic? Gone camping with your family? Getting outside renews our spirits, connects us with nature, amazing beauty, and the many natural wonders of our world. Leave No Trace teaches us how to make ethical choices to minimize our impact and not harm the natural beauty of the outdoors while we enjoy it.

Join Tom O’Brien, Leave No Trace Master Educator for a hands-on workshop to learn more about what you can do to lessen your impact on the natural world while exploring nature. This workshop is geared towards youth and adults, families are encouraged to attend.

The Leave No Trace organization was built upon the belief that if people do something, even something simple, to help take care of the outdoors that we cherish, we will all benefit as does the outdoors. Leave No Trace is a philosophy that can be part of any outdoor experience.

Tom O’Brien is the Maine Leave No Trace State Advocate. He has been a member of Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for almost 9 years and a Leave No Trace Master Educator for over 5 years. He is a retired Boy Scout Leader with over 22 years experience in the outdoors and has taught many Leave No Trace and leadership training courses to both youth and adults. He is passionate about teaching youth and adults to make ethical choices to minimize their impact in the outdoors.

This event is free and open to CREA Members and the community.

Registration is not required to attend.


Did you know?

9 out of 10 people who visit the outdoors are not armed with Leave No Trace education. With over 13 billion trips into the outdoors in the U.S. alone every year, people are causing too much preventable damage, and that damage is adding up. You can be on the forefront of changing this troubling trend—the trashed parks and damaged trails, the formidable impacts of fire, polluted waterways and serious wildlife issues. Now, more than ever, your role is critical.

Have you ever seen trash on your hike or paddle? Fire scars at a campground? Other impacts? Would you believe:

Americans pay $2.1 billion to fight fires in parks and forests, 90% of which are caused by campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, or negligently discarded cigarettes.
Wildlife in our parks are routinely relocated or euthanized due to conflicts with humans. The National Park Service cites human garbage as the origin of many of these unfortunate and unnecessary conflicts.

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