The end of the year for Leave No Trace, and most nonprofit organizations, is the time when we are blessed with the donations we need to continue the important work of educating people about responsible recreation. Personally, this is why I love what I do. I get to see how people with the means to help can make such a difference in the lives of others.
This year because of your donations Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has provided advanced Leave No Trace training to nearly 3,500 people. And of that group, we were able to provide many of those trainings at little or no cost because those outdoor leaders are sacrificing their time to take under-served children into nature and teach them to love and respect the wild.
And that is just part of our success this year. Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and our traveling teams have raised awareness about the need for outdoor ethics in more than 2 million people this year. This outreach effort is often the first step that people take to learn more about how to Leave No Trace when visiting the outdoors....and in their lives. As I'm sure many of you can relate, Leave No Trace ethics extend well beyond outdoor recreation.
On behalf of all of us at the Center, thank you for supporting this important cause. Your donations and your advocacy are making a big difference in the way people enjoy and respect the outdoors.