Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Higher Learning at Vedauwoo

Medicine Bow National Forest, WY - Last week, the University of Wyoming Outdoor Program held two days of training for their staff at Vedauwoo, an incredible area of rocky outcrops that was once a popular hideout for outlaws and now attracts adventurous rock climbers and other outdoor recreationists. The Outdoor Program invited Team West to be a part of the training and provide an opportunity for the student leaders to learn more about how to teach Leave No Trace.

The Outdoor Program provides a wide range of outdoor activities and programs for a variety of skill levels to the UW community. Participants have the opportunity to develop lifetime recreational skills, learn about safety and proper technique, gain an appreciation and concern for our natural environment, meet new people, and have a great time.

Many of the student leaders are Leave No Trace trainers and master educators, so we focused our discussion on the Authority of the Resource Technique, which provides a method for informing outdoor recreationists about minimum impact skills and techniques and focuses on influencing long-term behavioral change. The Outdoor Program leaders have a fantastic opportunity in the coming year to teach over 800 participants about Leave No Trace.

All the best,

Agata and Jason

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