Thursday, July 7, 2011

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Conference

Emory, Virginia -

Over the Fourth of July weekend Team East was invited to instruct daily sessions covering various aspects of Leave No Trace at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy 38th Biennial Conference. The title of this years' conference was "Virginia's Journeys 2011" and took place on the Emory & Henry College campus in southwestern Virginia.

The conference brought together almost one thousand attendees for a week to enjoy workshops, hikes, exhibits, entertainment, and fellowship for hikers and trail community leaders. Over the four days, we introduced Leave No Trace through Awareness Workshops that focused on the seven principles of the program, PEAK curriculum, and how to educate the general public about using the Authority of the Resource Technique. The attendees in each session provided perspective and experience to the discussions and were very enjoyable to connect with around the issues and ethics of responsible outdoor recreation.

Many thanks to Ned Kuhns for the opportunity to bring Leave No Trace to this event.

All the best,

Jason and Agata

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