Leave No Trace | Effective Communication Training

Leave No Trace | Effective Communication Training
Leave No Trace Hot Spot (Photo provided by Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics).

Saturday, June 29, 2019

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Portland REI
1405 NW Johnson St
Portland, OR 97209

Join us for a special workshop focused on effective communication of Leave No Trace.

This workshop is hosted by Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching people how to enjoy it responsibly. Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics created the Hot Spots program as an initiative that implements successful Leave No Trace programs at geographically and environmentally diverse areas across the country experiencing severe impacts caused by recreational use. The Columbia River Gorge has been selected as a Hotspot for 2019 to raise awareness about the threat of irreversible environmental damage.

This free, interactive workshop will focus on an introduction to the key elements of Leave No Trace and is specifically designed for those who work with Gorge stewardship, trail education, and other conservation programs to educate and engage the public to be responsible stewards of the Gorge. This training utilizes the "Train-the-Trainer" format and involves general Leave No Trace techniques, ethics and how to effectively disseminate Leave No Trace information to users. The workshop will be facilitated by Leave No Trace Center's Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer team

Participants are invited to practice their skills during a special Beacon Rock State Park Leave No Trace Pop-up event on Sunday, June 30th from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Topics include:

  • Steps of the Recreation Experience: Understanding the various stages of a visitor’s recreation experience, and where in that process a visitor may be when encountered, can help best frame the conversation from a perspective that is both empathetic and most meaningful.
  •  Effective Communication: What we say is as important as how we say it and effective communication is key to breaking down barriers to opposition and providing a space for visitors to feel receptive to our message.
  •  Authority of the Resource: This technique, pioneered by Dr. George Wallace, routinely serves as a proven method of changing visitor behavior through deemphasizing regulation in favor of education about the natural world. This technique is widely used by federal, state and local land managers as well as volunteer stewards around the world.

Registration is a two-step process:
  1. Click "+Add" to complete a separate ticket for each person in your party.
  2. On 2nd page, click the bubble next to the main contact’s name (to autofill the information). This person will receive the confirmation email.

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