All Kinds of News for February 14, 2018
Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy program which helps teens ages 10-17 who are struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges, implements specific procedures and activities which help protect the environment. The principle behind these procedures, Leave No Trace, is based on the idea of leaving no human mark or impact on the environment.
"Through Leave No Trace, we try to have as low of an impact on the environment as possible," comments Thor Jones, Field Supervisor at Trails Carolina. "We want to be able to preserve the resources we have and the ability to experience the beauty of the wilderness. If we don’t take steps towards making sure we’re leaving nothing behind in the environment, no one will be able to enjoy the wonders of nature in the future."
Students take part in Leave No Trace exercises throughout their journey at Trails Carolina. Each time students leave a campsite, the entire group does a full sweep of the area to ensure that no trash or food is left behind.
Other Leave No Trace exercises include traveling in a single file line in order to not disturb the surrounding trees and plants, disposing of all waste in specific containers while leaving nothing on the ground, and leaving all rocks and plants where they were found.
“It can be hard for some students to get behind these exercises when they first arrive at Trails,” says Jones. “However, many students make the switch from completely not caring about the environment to being a complete stickler for all the Leave No Trace principles that are enforced. Students gain so much from Leave No Trace. It helps teach them important values such as respect and responsibility for their actions. These are all skills that students can take with them back home.”
For more information about Leave No Trace, click here to read Trails Carolina’s blog on the subject.
About Trails Carolina
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program based just outside of Asheville, North Carolina that offers a multi-dimensional wilderness therapy model to troubled adolescents, ages 10-17. Trails capitalizes upon the profound effects of a student’s wilderness experience, and then combines that experience with strong clinical assessments and therapy.