On Wednesday and Thursday we had the pleasure of hosting a trainer course with the staff of various state parks and historical sites in Texas. The course was held at Buescher State Park, just east of Austin. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and Texas State Parks have partnered up just as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, TPWD, is set to launch its first series of Texas Outdoor Family Campouts. The campouts are designed to teach families the Leave No Trace skills and ethics while learning outdoor skills of camping, such as tent set-up, outdoor cooking, gps use, and family activities.
The trainer course provided the staff with the necessary tools to develop Leave No Trace practices in their parks. We were excited to have Dave Winter, the Outreach Manager for Leave No Trace, join us on the course. His knowledge and expertise provided valuable information to the participants. A special thanks goes out to Chris Holmes, TPWD Outdoor Programs Coordinator, for embracing Leave No Trace and working towards instilling the program in the Texas State Parks. Thanks for all your hard work!
Tracy and Kate, e-tour 2008