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ERIC Number: ED417043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Practical Approaches for Teaching Leave No Trace.
Attarian, Aram
As participation in outdoor recreation grows, natural resources suffer a variety of environmental and social impacts. A minimum-impact back country educational program first developed during the 1970s, Leave No Trace (LNT), has been revitalized by the National Outdoor Leadership School, six federal agencies, and members of the outdoor products industry. Outdoor educators are in a unique position to foster an initial sensitivity toward the environment through teaching LNT. LNT is based on six principles: plan ahead and prepare; camp and travel on durable surfaces; pack it in, pack it out; properly dispose of what you can't pack out; leave what you find; and minimize use of fires. The eight principles of educating for LNT are: design education programs guided by specific objectives; present consistent information in a clear and concise manner; present information during the initial or planning stage of the recreational experience; use a combination of techniques to present LNT materials; present the material in a professional manner; use instructors that are well trained, personable, and committed; and use creativity to educate about LNT. Practical approaches for teaching LNT are role modeling, teachable moments, values clarification, service projects, and discussion of current events related to natural resources. A table depicts a three-level approach for teaching LNT. Contains 19 references. (TD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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