The seven Leave No Trace Principles (LNT) are not only good for the natural resources we love, but they are an integral part of having a safe, comfortable and uneventful hike. We will learn the seven LNT principles and see how they apply to every outing. By the end of this course, participants will have a better understanding of how to plan and prepare for safe outdoor activity. As we hike, we will stop periodically to discuss various topics. We will be hiking on the iconic Appalachian Trail, on an out-and-back hike to a trail shelter. This hike coincides with the peak time of the mountain laurel bloom and part of the trail traverses a dense section of this beautiful flowering bush. This course is entirely held outdoors. The hike is 3 miles total with moderate elevation change and some rocky terrain. We will take an extended break halfway at the shelter area. There will be benches and picnic tables for sitting. Prepare to walk on rocky, uneven surfaces. Students are to provide their own transportation to the trailhead which is located at Major General Jesse Reno Monument, 21605 Reno Monument Rd, Boonsboro, MD 21713. Please dress for the weather, bring water, and a snack. No refunds after close of business on 5/26. Rain date is 6/2.