Hear it from a Master Tread Trainer

Two weeks ago ten outdoor enthusiasts gathered at the Rausch Creek Off Road Park in the mountains of Pennsylvania to attend Tread Lightly!’s Master Tread Trainer Course. The participants met with Tread Lightly!’s Education and Stewardship Programs Manager, Jason Ketterick. Ketterick taught about the importance of outdoor ethics education, stewardship and responsible outdoor recreation.

The two-day Master Tread Trainer course takes an in-depth look at outdoor ethics educationand prepares individuals to effectively share Tread Lighlty!’s message through community outreach and outdoor ethics training programs.

The Pennsylvania participants greatly expanded their knowledge and understanding of outdoor ethics and responsible outdoor recreation through this program.

Kyle Buchter, just one of the many outdoor enthusiasts who participated in this course said “I took this course for both personal and professional reasons, and I received a lot of knowledge out of it. I will use [this course] with all of my training classes and was very glad to be a part of it.”

This course offers a unique emphasis on effective communication and Tread Lightly!’s educational resources to share Tread Lightly!’s message and teach others the importance of stewardship and responsible outdoor recreation.

Jeffery Morris, a Boy Scouts of America Leader commented on the course and the effectiveness of the educational tools he learned.

“The Master Tread Trainer Course was well worth the time invested. It will help me spread the message of responsible outdoor ethics with the groups I interact with,” he said.

Giving an overall assessment of the course, John Haskell said “This course has it all: great online resources, active engagement by participants (teaching a segment), and a wonderful instructor who models excellence, tact and enthusiasm for active learning.”

Tom Garafaino, a self-proclaimed avid outdoorsmen said “This was an excellent course… Before I begin my path of motorized recreation, knowing the proper way [to teach] allows me to effectively teach others the importance of responsible outdoor recreation. The instructor was great, and working with experienced and devoted peers gets me excited and gives me ideas to pursue and expand [my] outdoor experience as well as teach others the proper way.”

Tom enjoyed the course and has plans to share Tread Lightly!’s message with over 200 people this year!

These personal accounts are just a few of the many positive things that people had to say about Tread Lightly!’s recent Master Tread Trainer Course. The participants thought the course was very useful, well-orchestrated, and overall a huge success. With professional communication skills and knowledge of outdoor ethics education attained at Rausch Creek Off Road Park, the new Master Tread Trainers are more than ready to reach out to others and spread the important message of responsible outdoor recreation.

If you are interested in learning more about Tread Lightly!’s Master Tread Trainer course, or would like to gain tools to professionally share Tread Lightly!’s message of outdoor ethics, please visit Tread Lightly!’s Master Tread Trainer Course website. To learn about other courses and programs Tread Lightly! offers, click here.


About treadlightlyoutdoors

Tread Lightly!® is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship. The organization was launched in 1985 by the US Forest Service and became a nonprofit organization in 1990. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives, are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment. Tread Lightly!’s core focus is on supporting and encouraging stewardship from those engaged in outdoor recreation on America’s lands and waterways. The organization offers unique programs and services to help remedy growing recreation issues. The federal government officially recognizes the organization as a sole-source service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using motorized and mechanized vehicles.
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