Trainers from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a Boulder, Colo.-based nonprofit that teaches how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, are in Chattanooga over the next few days.
Known as the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, members of the group travel from coast to coast teaching the principles of minimum impact on the environment. They live on the road and sleep 200 nights a year in a tent.
Earlier this week, they conducted awareness workshops at St. Nicholas School to christen the school's new trail. This weekend, they'll take part in a Super Saturday Trips for Kids mountain-bike outing for urban teens involved in the Southeast Youth Corps.
Two drop-in events are scheduled for the general public as well. Outdoor Chattanooga can provide more information on either event; call 423-643-6888 or visit www.outdoorchattanooga.com.
■ Sunday, April 20: From 1 to 4 p.m., the Traveling Trainers will host a free information table at Stringers Ridge Park (at the Spears Avenue trailhead) to offer hikers, mountain bikers, runners and other trail users some tips and tools for using the park responsibly.
■Tuesday, April 22: From 6 to 8 p.m., the trainers will lead an interactive presentation and discussion at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. The program will focus on the key principles of Leave No Trace. In addition to learning the hows and whys behind the importance of practicing Leave No Trace, participants will be provided with information on how to easily and effectively integrate environmental conservation into their daily lives, organizers say.