Leave No Trace Trainer Course
Lost Creek Reserve. Troy, Ohio
A program offered by Miami County Parks and Outdoor Adventure Connection
Leave No Trace Trainer Course
March 10 - 11, 2018
Lost Creek Reserve. Troy, Ohio
Meets at 10:00am.
Fee: $85 - Includes Saturday supper.
Minimum six participants needed.
Limit 12 participants.
Registration Has Closed.
This two-day, 16-hour course assists course participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and ways for disseminating these low impact strategies. Leave No Trace promotes and inspires responsible outdoor recreation while minimizing human impact to the backcountry. At Outdoor Adventure Connection, we believe in the value of Leave No Trace for outdoor enthusiasts as a set of ethics, not a set of rules.
This course is a Trainer workshop. Successful graduates of this course gain valuable skills that will enable them to teach Leave No Trace techniques and ethics to their clients, friends and family. One requirement for successful completion is to design and present a short (15-20 minute) lesson and a practice activity on one of the Leave No Trace principles.
A park naturalist from Miami County Parks will join us for this trip! Learn the names of plants and animals while we hike.
Who Should Take This Workshop?
Backcountry guides, hiking club trip leaders, paddling trip leaders, private expedition groups, youth group leaders, college/university outdoor education programs, park employees, forest rangers and wilderness therapeutic program leaders.
The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace
About Lost Creek Reserve:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Lost Creek, managed by the Miami County Park District, is the largest park with 457 acres of landscape. It has miles of trail that takes you past farm fields, through wooded areas and along Lost Creek making this Reserve a great place for hiking, cross country skiing and viewing wildlife. Lost Creek Reserve Web Site
Saturday we will hike ~3 miles on portions of the Buckeye Trail and North Country National Scenic Trail at a leisurely pace over flat terrain to the location where we will spend the night. Some short road-walking is required. Along the way, we will conduct courses in the field which teach various Leave No Trace principles. On Sunday morning, we will hike ~3 miles back to our cars arriving around noon.
Workshop participants should come prepared to camp out. Our home base for the night is a rustic, one-room cabin with a wood burning fireplace located on park property. Participants can tent nearby or sleep on the floor of the cabin. The cabin has an indoor toilet. Drinking water is provided.
What Is Included?
Your registration fee includes professional instruction, all course material, a one-year membership to Leave No Trace, camping, parking and permit fees, Saturday supper and dessert around the campfire. Supper will consist of sampling various backpacking food entrees. This is a great chance to check out different backpacking food choices and decide which you like best!
Gear, meals, (except for Saturday supper), snacks and transportation.
- Sleeping Bag & Pad
- Headlamp or Flashlight
- Sitting Pad. Foam or Inflatable
- Warm Clothes (warm hat, gloves & long underwear)
- Rain Gear
- Food: Saturday Lunch, Sunday Breakfast.
- Personal medications: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Antacids, Pepto-Bismol, Prescriptions (as needed).
A pair of trekking poles, hiking stick or staff is highly recommended!
Don't Have Backpacking Gear? Rent It For A Low Cost!
For only $35 you can rent a backpack, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad for the night. We have both two-person and one-person tents. People renting a two-person tent will be paired with someone who is renting gear also. Let us know your preference for a two-person or one-person tent and if you already have a tent mate selected. The gear will be distributed at start of the hike for you to carry. The rental gear is first come-first served and must be paid for in advance. Rental gear quantities are limited. Choose the rental gear option from the PayPal drop down box below.
Your Leave No Trace Master Educators:
Tama is a naturalist for the Miami County Park District. She loves to hike, backpack and be out in nature. She is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. In her spare time Tama can be found underground exploring wild caves. In 2003 she and her husband were invited to a weeklong underground expedition in Lechuguilla Cave, New Mexico. In 2004 she rappelled Golindrinas Cave, a 1,200 foot pit in Mexico with her daughter and husband. In 2014 Tama spent a week canyoneering in Zion National Park.
Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp.
Andy Niekamp is the Chief Adventure Officer for Outdoor Adventure Connection, which specializes in backcountry adventures. Andy has backpacked over 14,000 miles including four end to end hikes of the Appalachian Trail and thru hikes of the Buckeye Trail, Ohio To Erie Trail, Sheltowee Trace, Long Trail, Ozark Highlands Trail, Colorado Trail, Superior Hiking Trail and the Bartram Trail. Andy is founder and leader of the Dayton Hikers group, the largest outdoor recreation group in Dayton, Ohio, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator. Andy Niekamp grew up and lives in Dayton and has a passion for long distance hiking which he shares with others. Andy brings his wealth of backpacking experience and his passion for hiking to this program. He has two rules for his backpacking trips. Number 1: Be safe. Number 2: Have fun!
Here Is What They Say About Our Level 1 Workshops:
Andy and Lucy kept the group laughing and learning the whole time. Your efforts made the trip feel safe and so much fun. I had an awesome time and want to do it again!
– Linda M.
This was a wonderful way to test out if I still wanted to backpack after all these years. Andy was very helpful and gave some incredible workshops with Yvonne.
– John S.
It is perfect.
– Mary M.
The trip was wonderful and inspiring. My favorite part was crossing the river. I can not think of any changes needed. It was also nice to meet others interested in backpacking. It was impressive how hard the guides worked to assist us setting up camp on a rainy day and then cooking so many different foods for us to try. I will book another trip!
– Sally D.
Great learning experience and confidence booster. It was a prefect beginning experience. I will definitely recommend outdoor adventure connection to my friends!
– Jamie A.
Terrific! Andy was incredible! I learned, was reminded of so many essentials backpacking tips, tricks, and essentials - all in a fun, casual, inclusive, encouraging and informative way.
– Dawn B.
A perfect "beginning".... Our leaders were educated, informative, sharing, real and FUN! Andy was aware of each participants needs, comforts and limitations.
– Terri J.
I loved everything! Change nothing! Continue providing an excellent experience!
– Julio S.
Your talent of welcoming and creating a comfortable atmosphere for All the backpackers is quite impressive. The entire backpacking trip was well planned and quite informative. Thank you so much!
– Gayle B.
Excellent! The guides are extremely knowledgeable and great leaders. It was a pleasure meeting new backpackers and sharing experiences.
– Jerry R.
Your workshop fee is fully refundable if you cancel 21 days in advance or if this event is cancelled or rescheduled.
All participants must complete an adventure application and sign a liability waiver. Adventure Application PDF with fill-able form fields or Adventure Application PDF to download/print.
Application must be returned for your registration to be confirmed. Note: If you've attended one of our trips in the last 12 months we have an application on file for you.
Minimum age is 14. Adult family member must accompany minor children. Inquire about children younger than 14. No pets permitted. All of our trips are non-smoking. A recommended gear list, meeting location and trip details will be sent via email to registered participants.
First one I've been on, and it was wonderful. Great people, guides, location and activity. Thanks for pulling it together!!! – Name Withheld