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Dear friends of Leave No Trace Ireland, 
We have had a great start to Autumn with lots of exciting things taking place. We started the month engaging with hundreds of primary schools inspiring children on responsible outdoor recreation. We also had a busy week meeting thousands of people at this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Carlow. This was followed by the inaugural Leave No Trace Tidy Towns special award that reaches over 900 communities across Ireland.

If you need guidance or information on responsible outdoor recreation and the Leave No Trace programme , please visit our website on or email

1. Leave No Trace Ireland Business All-Star Accreditation

Leave No Trace Ireland are delighted to announce we have been awarded the Business All-Star Award.
Maura Kiely, CEO of Leave No Trace Ireland said “On behalf of all the team at Leave No Trace Ireland, we are delighted to achieve Business All-Star Accreditation. The accreditation process gave our organisation the opportunity to reflect on our achievements, growth strategy and above all, the real value Leave No Trace Ireland creates for all stakeholders engaged in responsible outdoor recreation across the island of Ireland.”
More information can be found here

2. Louisburgh Tidy Towns wins inaugural Leave No Trace Tidy Towns Award

Shining a spotlight on TidyTowns groups who have gone the extra mile to promote responsibility in the outdoors, Louisburgh TidyTowns were announced as the winners of the Leave No Trace Special Award in the 2019 SuperValu TidyTowns competition.
New this year, the ‘Leave No Trace TidyTowns Award’ is for any community group who has shown an appreciation for their outdoor environment and has taken action to promote responsible outdoor recreation. Hundreds of entries were received this year from towns and villages throughout the country in the SuperValu National TidyTowns competition.  Read more here

3. Leave No Trace Ireland Launch the Marine Explorers Programme 2019 - 2020

The Marine Institute's primary school Explorer's Education Programme continues to make its mark around the coastal counties of Ireland. The programme promotes the importance and value of the ocean through STEM subjects, science, technology, engineering and maths, as well as art and literature on the primary curriculum. The Explorers Education Programme is currently delivered in Sligo, Donegal and Mayo by Leave No Trace Ireland.
To ensure that all teachers have the opportunity to introduce marine content in their class or for school planning, all of the Explorer lesson plans and resources are free to download from If you are interested in having a school workshop in your area, please contact

4. Erasmus Project, “NGEurope” launches training course in Ireland
NGEurope is an international Erasmus+ project that empowers community leaders to act on social and environmental issues. Partner organisations from five European countries are working together on creating tools and support for facilitating civic action and participation. Leave No Trace Ireland are the Irish partners in the programme. 
July 2019 saw participants from 5 European countries come together in Castlebar Co. Mayo for a unique five-day Training Programme. Participants travelled from Greece, Austria, Spain, and Portugal to share their ideas and experiences with the Irish participants. As well as individuals from all over Ireland, participants came from Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) and the Irish Rural Network, Swift Conservation Mayo, Leave No Trace Ireland, Louisburgh Community Futures, Climate Ambassadors, Nature Inspires and GMIT.

5. New Corporate Volunteering days with Leave No Trace a huge success across Ireland 

Volunteering with Leave No Trace creates real benefits for local communities and gives workers across the organisation the opportunity to collaborate on a project, many of whom may not have known each other previously.

This autumn, staff members from Verizon Media, Deloitte, Google, MSD, Sales Force and Marks and Spencers joined Leave No Trace facilitators to learn about outdoor ethics and the 7 principles of Leave No Trace, and how they can be applied everywhere, from our local park to the great outdoors.

The success of our corporate volunteering programme is due to the strong partnerships we have developed over the years with our members. If you are interested in having a Corporate workshop in your area, please contact

6. Update from the Board of Leave No Trace Ireland  
2019 has been a very busy and exciting year for Leave No Trace Ireland. Continuing to build on the successes of 2018, Leave No Trace Ireland are delighted to announce that we are expanding and are opening our own premises in Westport, Mayo.   The new offices will allow additional office space to expand our team and reach more stakeholders in outdoor recreation to engage with the ethics of Leave No Trace. We will officially be opening the offices at the end of 2019 and our network will be invited to attend. If you have any questions, you can contact

7. Happy Halloween from Leave No Trace Ireland!

As Halloween approaches, we've collected our most ghoulish games and hair-raising adventures to ensure you have a spine-tingling time. Read on...if you dare! 
We have listed some outdoor ideas for Halloween below:
1. Go on a spooky woodland walk
Have you ever explored the woods after dark? It feels shockingly different to daytime. Take a torch on a twilight trek. Listen out for hooting owls and cawing crows. Watch for bats darting out of tree hollows and feel silky spider webs against your skin. Can you spot any eerie faces peering down from the trees? Families or groups can also play torch tag - it's terrific fun as darkness descends!
Remember, if you're exploring after dark make sure you stay close to an adult. Be careful of trip hazards like tree roots and fallen branches, and don’t forget some spare torch batteries!

2. Cackle round the Leave No Trace Campfire
If you love storytelling, build a minimum impact leave no trace campfire and sit around telling ghost stories. Try a pass-it-on story where one person starts it off and the next person continues.
And if all the scary stuff hasn’t ruined your appetite, make some delicious campfire bread twists, or toast some marshmallows over the fire. When you are finished, make sure your campfire is completely out, it should be cool to the touch and remember to restore the appearance of the fire site.

3. Make a Twig Skeleton
You can learn all about bones by making a terrifying twig skeleton. Gather sticks, conkers, acorns and leaves, then create a human, animal or a monster skeleton! 

4. Make a Leaf Pumpkin
Autumn leaves can be turned into pumpkins too. Gather some orange leaves and arrange them in a pumpkin shape on the ground. (Or you can stick them on some card.) Use dark brown leaves to create glaring eyes and a grinning mouth.

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