The Great Outdoors

October 10, 2012

In preparation for OLEEP’s upcoming day hike, today’s workshop
centered on Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, which outline the
behaviors that hikers and campers should observe to protect the
natural environment and ensure an enjoyable experience for others.
Mentors and mentees discussed guidelines like “Plan ahead and
prepare,” “Travel and camp on durable surfaces,” and “Leave what you
find,” and then prepared short skits to highlight their importance.
After witnessing the inadvisability of feeding bears and disturbing
other hikers, we’ll be sure to keep LNT in mind on our future
excursions into the woods!

-Hannah Poor ’13

October 13, 2012

The day hike was a great success! After packing our bags, we gathered at the Met before heading to Lincoln Woods. We started off the day playing an energizing game of Yeehaw under the beautiful fall leaves. Aaron wowed us with his groovy interpretation of kale in the veggie-off. During the next few hours, we hiked through the woods, ate lots of GORP, and bonded before settling down for a delicious lakeside lunch. Abby, Jeremy, and I facilitated a tree-themed workshop. We played Tree Hugger, and “Importance of Trees” charades. After a discussion about deforestation, we learned all about tree identification and made leaf rubbings. Our day ended with quiet reflection time on the water– a perfect finale to our awesome day!

-Jared Rothenberg ’15

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