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Leave No Trace courses set at Kathio

Leave No Trace courses set at Kathio

Participants from around the country will be involved in a Leave No Trace Master Educator course scheduled Friday through Tuesday, along with DNR and Conservation Corp staff, and several members of the Minnesota Leave No Trace Leadership Team; with 15 individuals spending four days and nights at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park being trained as Leave No Trace Master Educators and honing their outdoor skills. As part of their training they will also provide free Leave No Trace education to park visitors. The public is encouraged to attend these events.

A Leave No Trace Frontcountry Master Educator course is an extensive, four-day course designed to train outdoor educators and others how to practice and teach Leave No Trace skills and ethics. It’s about stewardship and responsible outdoor recreation.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics plays a critical role in minimizing impacts to state parks because its programs focus on people as the solution to recreation related impacts. The center is an educational non-profit with deep roots in federal land agencies. It offers the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. In 1990, the National Outdoor Leadership School, (NOLS) was commissioned by the National Forest Service to develop what are now Leave No Trace Master Educator courses. NOLS is known world-wide for its high-quality training expeditions.

Minnesota youth, specifically students in the communities of the Cuyuna Iron Range have played a key role in the history of the Leave No Trace movement in Minnesota. Thanks to the efforts of a small group of students in the Cuyuna SALT (Service Adventure Leadership Team) program at Crosby-Ironton High School, the Leave No Trace Center and NOLS, both internationally known organizations, agreed to host a master educator course in this area.

In 2007 Crosby-Ironton students, in collaboration with SALT groups from the Twin Cities, participated in a number of training, service and adventure activities, including outdoor first aid and a Leave No Trace trainer course. Peer teaching the principles of Leave No Trace to second-graders at the Cuyuna Range Elementary School continues to be one of Cuyuna SALT’s many ongoing endeavors. Cuyuna SALT is now coordinated by Kristine Andersen, science teacher at Crosby-Ironton High School.

For more information see the Minnesota Community page at or

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