This week Landmark Learning hosted Princeton University and Garrett College for two simultaneous Leave No Trace Master Educator courses. This unique opportunity gave both courses the chance to work together on the first and last day of the course. Instructors Katie Glockner, from Princeton University, and Jon Lowrance led the Princeton course while Jason Carter and Andy Glas led the Garrett College course.
Both courses spent four days and three nights backpacking and learning to teach Leave No Trace in Panthertown Valley. The courses ran at different camp sites and routes while in Panthertown so as to minimize their impact on the established campsites and trails. Students spent time cleaning up campsites, trails and fire rings and put out two fires that were actually still burning at campsites we came across whose previous visitors had left. After learning how to practice and teach Leave No Trace for four days, students had the chance to instruct the public at Landmark Learning’s unique Public Interface day at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park Oconaluftee Visitor Center on the final day of the course. We had a great turn out and our students taught kids and adults alike the principles of Leave No Trace through games, interactive displays and demonstrations. Many thanks to the students from Princeton University and Garrett College, as well as the rangers and staff of Great Smokey Mountains National Park for making these two Leave No Trace Master Educator courses a huge success!