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PATC Trail Patrol: Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

Overview

What difference does it make if you toss a cigarette butt or drop an orange peel or pick a flower? Imagine 300 million cigarette butts or 300 million orange peels or . . . no wildflowers. Sound like a place that you would like to visit?

Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethic — a way for all of us to understand the impact that our actions have on our backcountry areas and a way for us to think about ways we can modify our behavior to minimize our impact on the areas we love and want to keep wild. At the heart of Leave No Trace are seven principles for reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities. Leave No Trace practices and principles extend common courtesy and hospitality to other backcountry visitors and to the natural world of which we are all a part.

Classes

Trail Patrol offers a number of Leave No Trace classes throughout the year that teach the skills of Leave No Trace and how to share this information with others. Our Leave No Trace Trainers Courses meet The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics standards and certify participants as national LNT Trainers. These courses are designed for those who want to better understand Leave No Trace (LNT) skills and outdoor ethics and to help others understand their impact on the backcountry. Students have an opportunity to learn about the impact of their choices when hiking and camping, to practice minimizing impact and gain confidence by helping others understand LNT skills and ethics. All classes use hands-on skills as we teach each other about LNT principles and practices.

After completing the course, students will be certified as Leave No Trace Trainers, and it is our hope they will be willing to give LNT presentations to community groups when and if their schedules permit.

Our 2016 (note: If the class you'd like to register for is full, please contact tplnt@patc.net to be added to the wait list):

April 2-3, 2016 - Backpacking format  click here to register
June 18-19, 2016 - Backpacking format  click here to register
September 17-18, 2016 - cabin camping format  click here to register


Participants must be at least 18 years old.

 

 

Cancellation Policy

The course tuition includes a $20 non-refundable application fee. In the event that you cancel your participation 14 or more days prior to the course you may choose to transfer your enrollment to a future course or to receive a refund, less the $20 application fee, postage costs if course materials were mailed to you, and the cost of any advance course materials that you choose to keep. Any course materials that you choose to return must be in the same, new condition as when you received them in order to be refunded.

No refunds will be offered for cancellation within 14 days of the course however, you may choose to transfer your enrollment to a future course. The option to transfer to a future course is offered to each student one time only.

If you have transferred your enrollment to a future course and you cancel your participation 14 or more days prior to that future course and you were eligible for a refund when you chose to transfer your enrollment, then you will be offered a refund, less the $20 application fee, postage costs if course materials were mailed to you, and the cost of any advance course materials that you choose to keep. No refunds will be offered for cancellations within 14 days of a course you have transferred to.

Sometimes we have to cancel a course due to low enrollment, dangerous weather or an unforeseen circumstance. We normally require a minimum of six students to enroll before we will conduct a Leave No Trace Trainer Course. However, individual instructors may choose to hold the course even when we do not meet minimum enrollment. In the event that we should cancel the course, you will receive a full reimbursement, including the $20 application fee, less the cost of advance course materials that you choose to keep, or you may transfer your enrollment to a future course.

For More Information

To learn more about Leave No Trace or how you can join Trail Patrol’s efforts to spread the word on the safe and responsible enjoyment of our backcountry resources, contact Trail Patrol’s Leave No Trace Committee Chair.