Natural History Workshop: Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Training Workshop

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
  • Sunday, October 26, 2014
  • Blackburn Train Center, Jefferson County
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What:   Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Training 

Where: Blackburn Trail Center 

When: Saturday October 25 & Sunday October 26

Time: tentatively scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday - Noon on Sunday

* Cost: $30 for PVAS members,                                                      $35 for non-members

Registration Cutoff: Friday Sept. 26

PVAS is excited to announce a Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Trainer Workshop. 

Local Master Naturalist, Clark Dixon, and Blaine Eckberg, both Leave No Trace Master Educator's, are leading this workshop on Saturday October 25 and Sunday October 26, 2014. 

The workshop will be held at the Blackburn Trail Center which is located on the Appalachian Trail in Jefferson County.

This workshop will emphasize skills and techniques essential to Leave No Trace minimum impact outdoor ethics and education. 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This two-day workshop is designed for individuals who will be teaching Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops. Through classroom discussions, lectures, and an overnight campout, this workshop will cover the seven Leave No Trace (LNT) principles and discuss outdoor ethics, as well as give the participants tools and techniques for disseminating low-impact skills to recreationists. This class does not teach basic travel, camping, or other outdoor skills.

Participants will generally travel only a short distance each day over moderate terrain to allow plenty of time to cover subject material both during the day and into the evening. Each participant will be assigned to teach one of the seven LNT principles to the rest of the group (5 – 10 minutes long). Participants should be in good physical condition and be able to hike short distances. 

Overnight camping is required for this class backpack style.  Each trainee should provide his/her own tent (shelter) and personal camping gear and supplies.

Participants will be required to provide their own food which includes a lunch, dinner, and breakfast. Trainees should bring meals that provide energy, nourishment, are simple to prepare, quick to cook, with a simple clean up afterwards. Remember this training will be conducted backpack style so pack food accordingly.

Upon successful completion of the training, each participant will become a Leave No Trace Trainer and receive a completion certificate from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Registration fee for this course is $30 for PVAS members and $35 for non-members. The registration fee includes course materials, instruction, a certificate upon successful completion and a year membership to Leave No Trace.

For more information, please contact Clark Dixon at 304-725-9634 or

* Registration is nonrefundable. PVAS reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to unforeseen issues and in this case, a full refund will be given.

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