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Leave No Trace Trainer Course



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The Leave No Trace Trainer Course emphasizes the skills and techniques essential to Leave No Trace minimum impact outdoor recreation practices and education. This two-day introductory course is designed to develop participant understanding of the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace and teach techniques for confidently conveying low impact skills and their benefits. The course will be taught by staff from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and will incorporate both classroom and outdoor lessons, discussions, demonstrations, and activities. Participants will develop a firm understanding of the resource and social impacts facing recreation areas today and leave with a better understanding of how to begin to address these impacts.  Upon completion of the course, participants will be qualified to teach Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.


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Marian Orlousky
Marian Orlousky is the Director of Science and Stewardship for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). She is a Pennsylvania native and the current Leave No Trace State Advocate for PA. She became a Leave No Trace Master Educator in 2014 and has been instructing backcountry courses ever since. Marian works trail-wide for the ATC on resource stewardship and landscape protection issues. Her work includes aspects of habitat restoration, visual resource protection, and visitor use management. Marian has a B.A. in Biology from Juniata College and a Masters in Ecology from the SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry.

Ryan Seltzer
Ryan Seltzer has been working for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for eight years leading backcountry work trips and land stewardship activities along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. He is a trained Leave No Trace Master Educator and specializes in long distance backpacking. Ryan has completed over 3,000 miles of long-distance trails including a thru hike of the AT in 2009. His interests include off trail orienteering, documenting native species and foraging for wild edibles. Ryan is passionate about sharing his skills, views and knowledge with others and looks forward to teaching Leave No Trace principles and techniques with you all.


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Rushton Conservation Center
915 Delchester Rd
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania 19073 United States
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(610) 353-2562
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