About Us

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you - the world we all enjoy. Do your part to pass our nation’s heritage of outdoor recreation to future generations by joining us.

Mission 

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

Vision

As the leading educator of outdoor ethics, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics will grow a nation of outdoor advocates to put the Leave No Trace principles into action.

Current Strategic Priorities

Along with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics’ full slate of programs, the organization has identified three strategic priorities:

  • Local Community Participation: Developing and supporting dedicated members, volunteers and educators at the local level, the Center will fully realize community-based Leave No Trace programs.
  • Youth Education: Building on programs that support educational initiatives, the Center will cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards.
  • Frontcountry Outreach: Promoting Leave No Trace practices in close-to-home and day-use areas, where 90% of our nation’s outdoor recreation occurs, the Center will provide onsite education, focused grants and multicultural outreach. Frontcountry education will boost Leave No Trace practices at the local level.