Students Learn How to Leave No Trace on the Trails

Leave no trace is a set of principles to help enjoy the outdoors sustainably.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Great Outdoors took over Congdon Park Elementary School as students learn how to preserve our forests.

The Superior National Forest’s educational outreach program aims to inspire students to enjoy our trails but also know the proper etiquette. The gym transformed into a mock boundary waters campsite at Congdon Elementary School.

“We want kids to care about the environment in general and learn how they can go out and enjoy it,” Superior National Forest Public Affairs Officer Kris Reichanbach said.

“Like leaving no trace I just learned so much about that and I’m really excited to use it next time I go camping,” fourth grade student August Capps said.

Leave no trace is a set of principles to help enjoy the outdoors sustainably.

“How you don’t cut down trees you use small sticks you find on the ground,”  Capps said.

Another key message students learned, is to always pack up the items you bring out on the trail.

“So animals wouldn’t eat them and sometimes they’ll get hurt,” fourth grade student Han Delaini said.

“Even if it wasn’t my trash I’d still do it,” Capps said.

One student can’t wait to share his new outdoor tips with his parents.

“I mean we don’t fish much but I just like sharing information with them so I might tell them how you clean fish guts in the forest,” Capps said.

Now students are looking forward to their camping favorites.

“Eating marshmallows,” Delaini said.

But before picking the best smores stick they learned

“The first thing about camping you have to find a camping spot where there’s a fire pit,”  Delaini said.

The program aims to spark interest for students to go camping and enjoy the Northland’s public land.

“I think because we’re here with so many outdoor areas is one of the reasons they need to learn to be appropriate in those outdoor areas,” fourth grade teacher Laura Westerberg said.

Students start to learn as young as second grade. This outdoor program has reached nearly 45 hundred students in the Northland.

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