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Enjoy nature, but leave no trace!

At last week's meeting the girls reviewed the principles and practices of the 'Leave No Trace' principles.

There are seven core principles that were developed to help those of us who love the outdoors enjoy it responsibly, which is important so we can ensure our environment will still be here and thriving for out children's children. Leave No Trace principles started for those who enjoy backcountry and wilderness, but have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere - local parks, your backyard, and any outdoor recreational activity.

The Seven Principles 

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare

  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  3. Dispose of Waste Properly

  4. Leave What You Find

  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts 

  6. Respect Wildlife

  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

"The Principles are based not only on a respect for nature and other visitors, they are also based on and supported by scientific research. The majority of this research aligns with the fields of Recreation Ecology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Recreation Ecology research informs us about recreation-related impacts and how they can be reduced by managers and visitors, while Human Dimensions research tells us about outdoor enthusiasts perceptions, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors regarding enjoyment of the outdoors. ("

Many of the girls were interested in learning more. If you want to learn more, you can check out the website ( or take the online course (

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