College - Author 1
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Department - Author 1
Experience Industry Management Department
Degree Name - Author 1
BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration
Keri Schwab, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Experience Industry Management Department
Leave No Trace (LNT) is imperative in the field of outdoor recreation to protect natural spaces and preserve them for generations to come. Exposure to LNT is pivotal in the development of environmental stewardship in children and adults. The purpose of this study was to examine the educational methods utilized by the LNT Center for Outdoor Ethics to determine the best practices to cultivate and instill the principles of LNT. The research was conducted using a best practices instrument, developed by the researcher, to evaluate the attributes present in LNT educational methods by the LNT Center. This study found that LNT educational programs that are skills-based, location-, activity-, behavior-, context-, and age-specific are the most effective forms of LNT education. This study can function as a guide in developing effective frontcountry and backcountry LNT educational programs.