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ADV - Being Part of the Solution: Effectively Communicating Leave No Trace

Being Part of the Solution: Effectively Communicating Leave No Trace website


Tired of seeing your favorite nature places being "loved to death" by heavy use and carelessness? You can gently but effectively help others learn both how and why to change their behavior to help protect outdoor spaces. This interactive virtual workshop -- offered through a partnership between the Minnesota Master Naturalist program and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics -- will equip you with ideas, examples, and explanations you can use in informal conversations at home and out on the trail to help everyone know and do the right things for nature.


​Workshop topics:
1. Overview of Leave No Trace Principles, Practices and Ethics: Through interactive activities and discussion, participants will explore both the hows and whys behind the importance of practicing Leave No Trace.
2. 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.
3. 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. Participants will discuss local impacts and generate clear, succinct and focused social and ecological reasons for visitors to engage in practices that help avoid these impacts.

*Attendees will be encouraged to participate in online based activities.*

​Registration is FREE but advance registration is required. REGISTER HERE. ​After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the workshop. If you do not receive a registration confirmation email, please contact registration@LNT.org or check your junk/spam folder.

NOTE: This program is geared toward those with previous knowledge of Leave No Trace practices and principles and who interact with park and public land visitors (e.g., rangers, interpreters, naturalists, guides/outfitters, friends’ groups leaders, etc.) in a formal capacity or work on messaging and communications for the site. If you are new to Leave No Trace or have not had Leave No Trace training in recent years, we encourage you to complete the self-paced (30-45 min) Leave No Trace Online Awareness Course in advance (https://lnt.org/get-involved/training-courses/online-awareness-course/)


​This event is made possible with Federal funds under award NA20NOS4 190088 from the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce provided to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Andrea Lorek Strauss

Andrea Lorek Strauss grew up playing outdoors at every opportunity. Today, she is an environmental educator with the University of Minnesota Extension with an undergraduate degree in Education and Communication Arts, and a MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction/Outdoor Education. Past work gigs include 9 years with the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN, 2.5 years with the Prairie Ecology Bus Center in southwest Minnesota, and various naturalist roles in the Boston area, northern Minnesota, and New York state.

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Minnesota Master Naturalist

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