The Troutville Trail Days celebration came at the perfect time this year. There was a little bit of apprehension because of the weather forecast, but the rain stayed away and it turned out to be a beautiful day. Following a long week of testing students were able to learn about the history and importance of the Appalachian Trail in the days leading up to the community festivities. In groups of two or three students created posters depicting the 7 principles of Leave No Trace. Their creative works were displayed at the Troutville town park during the trail days events and students volunteered to help teach the principles they learned to younger children. We encouraged participants to create their very own “Leaf” no Trace signs with images of leaf prints. Another great addition to the trail days were the t-shirts. Middle and high school students competed to enter the best design. First, second, and third place winners all came from James River High School!