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June 2007
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Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
IN THIS ISSUE
Announcing "Connect Grants" for Communities of Color
National Trails Day 2007
Attention, Members! New Benefits from The Coleman Company, Inc.
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Making Use of Matching Donations Through Your Company


Did you know that thousands of companies will match your donation to Leave No Trace, dollar-for-dollar?  When you make a tax-deductible contribution, you can double, even triple, the impact of your donation by using your company's Matching Gift Program.

Donations are easy.  Their impact, however, is lasting and essential to the Center's mission to spread Leave No Trace education and programs.  

To take advantage of your company's program, simply ask your personnel or human resources office for a matching gift form to send with your donation.  Or, make an online donation, and send the matching gift form with a printed copy of your receipt.

Don't miss this easy way to make your company work for you, and for Leave No Trace! 
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Announcing "Connect Grants" for Communities of Color

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is proud to announce the "Connect Grants" program for 2007. The Center is offering grants ranging from $500 - $1000 to individuals and groups working to increase Leave No Trace outreach and training for communities of color.

As part of the Center's approach to engage educators and communities not traditionally served with Leave No Trace education, this program will:
  • Increase the cadre of Leave No Trace educators serving communities of color; and,
  • Provide Leave No Trace educational tools (including the PEAK - Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids - program) for organizations serving communities of color.
The Center strongly encourages all people, organizations, agencies and schools who are actively serving and engaging communities of color through leadership and training to apply for this unique opportunity. Early applications are recommended.

For more information, please visit www.LNT.org/programs/connectgrant. This new program is made possible through generous support from REI.   

National Trails Day 2007
Ready, Set... Celebrate!

What better way to promote every day as a trail day, than by participating in the 15th anniversary of National Trails Day?  Leave No Trace encourages you to show your support of responsible outdoor ethics through stewardship on a trail near you this Saturday, June 2nd.

What's in a "Trail"?  
Path. Track. Route. Course. Trail.  No matter what word you choose, there are over 200,000 miles of them in America, and they are actively connecting every inch of the way.  Trails connect us to places - the market, the playground, an alpine meadow or lake.  Trails connect us to ourselves - giving us an outlet for exercise, physical well-being, or just time to think.  And, trails connect us to each other - neighbors, campers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

How Can I Celebrate?
National Trails Day is open to everyone!  With over 1,200 registered events in all 50 states, plus Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands, participating in an event near you is easy.  

As a supporter of Leave No Trace, you already celebrate responsible enjoyment of the outdoors.  Don't miss this opportunity to take that passion to the trails in your area by teaming up with the rest of the community that uses them.
 Enhance your National Trails Day Experience
  • Look for an event in your area.  Information and area events can be found on the National Trails Day website. Your local Leave No Trace State Advocate is also a great resource for events in your area.
  • Meet up with the Leave No Trace/Subaru Traveling Trainers. Our three dynamic teams are traveling the nation spreading Leave No Trace awareness and education.  Check out the team calendars to see if they will be in your area.
  • Spread a little Leave No Trace awareness of your own. Pass out Leave No Trace reference cards to others in your group or discuss the seven principles before heading out on the trail.
  • Invite others!  Increased awareness and stewardship on trails benefits everyone.
Attention, Members! This Just Announced...
Leave No Trace and The Coleman Company, Inc. Partner to Enhance Membership Benefits

The Center is pleased to announce a new benefit for all members of Leave No Trace: exclusive access to the online Coleman Pro Store!  This generous offer from The Coleman Company, Inc. entitles members to discounts as great as 40% on quality outdoor gear and accessories.

This offer is for Leave No Trace members only, so do not hesitate to take advantage of it!  If you are a member of Leave No Trace, you will be receiving a password via e-mail within a few days.

As an enthusiastic supporter of the Leave No Trace mission, and proud sponsor of e-tour, The Coleman Company, Inc. actively embraces its leadership role as an advocate of environmentally conscientious practices in the outdoors.  

Greetings!

This last weekend, I took my own advice to "get outside" and opted for a weekend excursion with friends through the Rocky Mountains.  Invigorating and inspiring as the experience was, it was equally eye-opening; a perfect portrait of increased use causing increased impact as the summer months bring nicer weather.

With that in mind, I hope this issue of The Outsider inspires you to not only "get outside," but also get involved!  Go ahead and let the season inspire you: explore a new way to encompass Leave No Trace in your next outing, bring your family to meet the Traveling Trainers when they come to your area, or volunteer in an clean-up effort with a local park or organization.

Most importantly, share your Leave No Trace experiences with others.  In future issues, we will be highlighting what our members are doing to Leave No Trace in their own way, so please don't hesitate to send your stories my way!

Sincerely,

Sara Close
Membership &
Development Manager

e-news Photo Credits:
- Banner and "Connect Grants": William J. Minehart III
- Trails Day: Rebecca C. Close
- Edge of Time: Gregory Schrodt