Last night our newest team arrived at the Leave No Trace office, set to take on a brand new educational exploration as the 2011 e-tour team. I would like to introduce you to Mark and Tara. Mark and Tara are excited, ecstatic, enthused and energized to explore and enjoy the out of doors with you this season. They will be in Colorado for the next couple of weeks going through training as well as providing some local outreach to groups across the front range before they ultimately head east to start their (e) tour. The Leave No Trace e-tour, sponsored by the Coleman Company and The North Face, brings hands-on Leave No Trace demonstrations, interactive activities and general Leave No Trace education to schools, camps and youth-serving organizations from May through November. Check out their schedule and come say hello to them when they are in your neck of the woods. We look forward to seeing you on the road this summer!
Meet the 2011 Leave No Trace e-tour team!
MARK ARDAGNA AND TARA MCCARTHY
Mark and Tara met on the shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, dancing to a local band one starry summer night. They both worked for the Forest Service; encouraging responsible recreation and stewardship of our public lands. Mark feels blessed to work teaching outdoor ethics as a naturalist, interpreter, children's ski instructor, and backcountry wilderness ranger. Tara specializes in outreach, conservation education, interpretation and outdoor recreation. She feels fortunate to have also spent many days in the field restoring ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada. They believe in the power of intention, living their lives through direct experience, while continually seeking new and exciting opportunities to learn and teach. With a commitment to ensuring a sustainable future, they share a passion for inspiring meaningful connections to the environment and getting youth outside. Together they enjoy backpacking, snowsports, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding, live music, and game nights. Their most relished sojourn is living out of a tent, having logged thousands of miles in the pursuit of happiness visiting the cherished places and open spaces our gorgeous country has to offer. Tara and Mark are energized for their next adventure, life on the road as your 2011 e-tour team!