SCSU Student Visits Oklahoma For Leave No Trace Master Educator Program
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Zak Aubol, a Psychology Major & SCSU Outdoor Endeavor's Student Manager, had the opportunity to attend the Leave No Trace Student Master Educator training program in Oklahoma March 14-18.
Aubol was contacted by Dr. Hugh Gibson, faculty at Missouri State University and Missouri's State Advocate for Leave No Trace. The two, whom he met last year in South Carolina at an American Canoe Association National Paddlesports Conference started the discussion about Zak attending the Leave No Trace Master Educator training program. Gibson singled out Aubol as he thought the course would present Zak with an opportunity to achieve a nationally recognized training that dovetailed into his major and role at Outdoor Endeavors. The program was facilitated by Dr. Gibson and Dr. Jerel Cowen, faculty at University of Cetral Oklahoma and Oklahoma's State Advocate for the Leave No Trace Program.
Aubol attended the program over five days, March 14-18. The Leave No Trace Master Educator certification is nationally recognized by the outdoor industry as the highest level of training for teaching outdoor ethics. In addition to achieving this credential, Zak was able to work the the SCSU Psychology Department to recieve independant study credit for the course.
Throughout the five days in Oklahoma, Aubol, along with eight other students [four from Oklahoma and four from Missouri], covered the entire Leave No Trace Educator Program. "The purpose of the program was to learn how to teach the curriculum themselves through a field based, experiential approach" said Aubol. The program was run by "peer to peer teachng and assessment."
Material covered in the program included the history of the outdoor ethics movement in the United States, the impetus behind the seven principles of Leave No Trace and teaching strategies for delivering the curriculum to a wide variety of audiences.
Zak works closely with Ivan Bartha, Coordinator of Experiental Programs at SCSU Outdoor Endeavors in delivering the Leave No Trace Curriculum in a variety of programs that the outdoor program facilitates.
"The knowledge I obtained at the Leave No Trace Student Master Educator training was the best part of it. I am very glad I attended, because it will help me in the future not only in my area of study, but as an outdoor educator as well" said Aubol.
Formed as a 501(c3) non-profit in 1994, the mission of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is to teach people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. www.lnt.org