Leave No Trace is built on seven core principles that are used to communicate the best available minimum impact guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly. The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace were developed to help educate and guide recreationists in sustainable minimum impact practices that mitigate or avoid recreation-related impacts. These Principles are the most robust and widely utilized minimum impact outdoor practices. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry and wilderness, the practices have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere - from the backcountry, to local parks, to your backyard - and for any recreational activity. Each Principle covers a specific topic and provides detailed information for minimizing impacts.
Will Soter is a NYS DEC licensed Guide, Assistant Director of the Catskill Conservation Corps, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator. He uses his depth of experience to help fellow recreationists understand how to utilize, and share the 7 principles of Leave No Trace. Understanding how to incorporate the principles is the first, and likely the easiest way we can take a step towards being better stewards of the natural resources we enjoy. Learning how to effectively share these principles can be tricky. In this workshop we will discuss the principles as they relate to our favorite outdoor activities, and then we will conduct exercises that help you explore methods for sharing these principles.