Thursday, June 30, 2011

Great American Backyard Campout

Medfield, Massachusetts -

Last weekend we had the opportunity to connect with families who were enjoying new outdoor activities together at the Great American Backyard Campout. The event was held at the Rocky Woods reservation and organized by The Trustees of Reservations and our organizational partner REI. Balmy summer temperatures and intermittent rain showers did not discourage the families from learning more about responsible outdoor recreation and the basics of activities such as hiking, fishing, and camping.

During our Awareness Workshop with the group, we enjoyed educational activities from the PEAK program such as "What Principle Am I?," "Minimum Impact Match," and "Watch Your Step" with the families. In the top photo a family is exploring what "durable surfaces" are and how to identify them when selecting a site to pitch a tent or go hiking. Each activity was focused on applying the seven Leave No Trace principles to all the outdoor recreation skills the families would be learning in sessions with the REI Outdoor School over the weekend.

Many thanks to all who worked and attended this event for allowing us to bring Leave No Trace to the weekend activities!

All the best,

Jason and Agata

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