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TrailBliss Code of Ethics

TrailBliss is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people build a transformative connection with nature by exploring and engaging with the outdoors in mindful ways. The Code of Ethics outlined here is to ensure a safe environment for everyone to participate and/or volunteer to fulfill the mission of TrailBliss. All officers, directors, leaders, volunteers, and participants must adhere to this code of ethics while performing or participating in any activity related to the TrailBliss. Each leader, volunteer, and participant is responsible for supporting and adhering to this policy, cooperating with any investigation as necessary, and conducting themselves in a manner that respects the integrity of The TrailBliss and all members. 


Behavior and Conduct

Treat everyone with dignity, respect, and compassion. Any action that impacts another individual’s safety or enjoyment of any TrailBliss activity will not be tolerated and will be subjected to corrective action. Leaders, volunteers, or board members who know or receive reports or complaints of offending behavior must promptly notify the Board of Directors. Some of the serious behavioral issues are:

The TrailBliss does not discriminate on the basis of race; sex, gender identity or expression; age; religion; national origin; marital status; veteran status, color, sexual orientation; the presence of any physical, mental, or sensory disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law. The TrailBliss bases its appointment and participation practices solely on the ability of an individual to perform their volunteer responsibilities or participate in activities in a manner that is safe for themselves and those around them.


Sexual Harassment

The TrailBliss does not tolerate any conduct on the part of any officer, director, volunteer, or participant that constitutes sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a behavior of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and offensive to the person or persons it is targeted toward. Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, whether physical or verbal, requests for sexual favors or other propositions, other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, unwanted physical contact, foul language of an offensive sexual nature, sexual jokes or remarks, obscene gestures, displays of pornographic or sexually explicit pictures, drawings or caricatures.


General Harassment

Harassment may include but is not limited to epithets, slurs, derogatory comments or jokes, intimidation, negative stereotyping, threats, assault, or any physical interference with the volunteer’s normal activity.

Outdoor Ethics

  • All activities offered by TrailBliss shall be conducted in such a way that minimizes our environmental footprint, and our impact on others, on the land and water.

  • TrailBliss shall practice low-impact recreation, guided by Leave No Trace principles as described by the Center for Outdoor Ethics and all participants are expected to follow these LNT principles.

  • TrailBliss activities shall be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of land management agencies.

  • All activities shall include training on Leave No Trace and low-impact recreation principles and participants must follow these principles.

Conduct Outside of TrailBliss Activities

TrailBliss does not seek to interfere with the personal lives of leaders, volunteers, and participants in any capacity. Any interactions outside of the TrailBliss activities are beyond the scope of response by the TrailBliss. It is prohibited for leaders and volunteers at any time to misrepresent a non-TrailBliss activity or event as one sponsored by The TrailBliss.

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