Leave No Trace In The News

Boulder, CO: Rita Hussman vividly recalls the day she received a call from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics letting her know that she had been chosen to be the new Minnesota State Advocate — she was in the middle of teaching a Leave No Trace workshop to children at Metropolitan State University. It's that kind of constant dedication that helped her recently earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

“I don’t think of what I do as volunteering because it's so critical,” Rita said of her Leave No Trace volunteer experience. “There is no question that, now more than ever before, all people need to be aware of the impact we have on our environment.”
The award, “recognizes, celebrates and holds up as role model Americans making a positive impact as engaged and deeply committed volunteers.” Hussman received a gold-level honor, which means she has volunteered over 500 hours of her time in the past year. It's the highest honor in this category other than the Lifetime Achievement award.
Hussman has volunteered with Leave No Trace since 2006, working for more than a decade to promote outdoor ethics as State Advocate and leader of the Minnesota Chapter of Leave No Trace. She plans to continue her efforts to teach Leave No Trace and contribute to the state's thriving recreation scene. 

Boulder, CO:  The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics protects the outdoors by teaching people to enjoy it responsibly. It is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world.

One way we reach the public is through the creative freedom of our Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program consists of four teams of two educators that travel across the country in Subarus teaching people how to protect and enjoy the outdoors responsibly. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers offer programs to the general public, volunteers, youth, nonprofit organizations, friend groups, governmental agencies, and more on Leave No Trace skills and techniques intended to reduce the impact of outdoor activities in communities around the United States. The Traveling Trainers do all of this while traveling and living out of their Subaru, camping over 250 nights a year! In 2015 alone, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will reach 15 million Americans.

This video was written, produced and directed by Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team East Central 2016/17.


If you want to sing along or share the Leave No Trace Seven Principles in a rap here are the lyrics:

Pack it in, Pack it Out. No Need to shout.

We got 7 principles to talk about.

The first when you care, is Plan and Prepare.

When in the outdoors be safe and aware.

The second preserves our natural resources.

So travel and camp on Durable Surfaces.

The third gets ignored until it's in your face.

Please make sure to dispose of your waste. 

Number 4 is a core, for when you explore.

Just leave what you find I have to implore.

5 keeps you alive, but in this syntax.

Minimize campfire impacts.

Protect wildlife and keep your distance.

If you don't then this beauty you may not witness.

Last but not least be considerate of others.

This is Leave No Trace.

Word to your mothers. 


Travel Well,

Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central

Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, Taxa Outdoors and SmartWool.

Oklahoma City, OK: Have you ever been to Oklahoma City? Oklahoma City is home to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Paseo Art District, grain silos repurposed into climbing gyms, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and the Martin Park Nature Center.

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According to their website the "Martin Park Nature Center is a hub for nature exploration and education for visitors of all ages.  Guided hikes, education programs and an interactive learning center provide visitors a place to learn about nature and wildlife in a serene, suburban environment.” 

Leave No Trace has been in Oklahoma City for the past week conducting a Hot Spot at the Martin Park Nature Center. What is a Leave No Trace Hot Spot?  Many outdoor areas across our nation are negatively impacted by recreational use – we’re literally loving the land to death. The reason is usually not malicious intent to harm; rather it’s simply a lack of knowledge or skills. The end result, however, is usually the same: Litter, invasive species, habituated wildlife, dog waste, trail and campsite erosion, water sources polluted with human waste, names carved in trees, campfire ring proliferation, cigarette butts along a trail, damaged cultural and historic sites, pets chasing wildlife – the list goes on and on. We call these areas Hot Spots - sites that are damaged but that can recover and become healthy again after specific Leave No Trace applications. By identifying and working with Hot Spots across the nation, we rapidly move toward recovering and protecting the places we cherish for future generations. Learn more about our Hot Spot program HERE.

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Leave No Trace is helping the Martin Park Nature Center continue their efforts to minimize user impacts and educate the public about how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Martin Park has minimum-impact curriculum throughout the park.  Martin Park is a great example of Leave No Trace in Every Park because visitors to Martin Park are not only introduced to Leave No Trace by park staff, with the map of the park, with signs throughout the park and the park website when visiting but they also have the opportunity to use Leave No Trace on trails, on the playground, at the wildlife viewing station, by recycling, and using provided facilities while enjoying the park.

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Over the past week the Hot Spot included a combined 500 volunteer man-hours by local Oklahoma Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.  There was a cleanup at Lake Hefner held on kayaks that took over 60 pounds of trash out of the lake.  The Hot Spot week had 20 individual invents in 7 days including a Leave No Trace themed Scavenger Hunt for St. Patrick's Day.  This Scavenger hunt introduced over 300 park visitors to Leave No Trace games and practices in just 3 hours!

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Travel Well,

Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central

Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, Taxa Outdoors and SmartWool.

Isabella Lake, CA:  The 2016 Hot Spots are off to an amazing start at the Kern River in California.  Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, Jenna Hanger and Sam Ovett worked tirelessly to educate tourists on outdoor ethics.  Read the full article here

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Boulder, CO: Former volunteer, Mattie Schuler digs deep on what it means to commit to Leave No Trace. Read the full article here.

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With numbers of backcountry visitors increasing each year, REI's experts want you to brush up on your 7 principles knowledge!  Read the full article here

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Volunteers and staff at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy have created a series of unique videos that instruct visitors on how to minimize their impact on the Appalachian Trail.  The series contains 16 videos that can all be viewed on YouTube

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You may want to take home a prized souvenir from your hike or backpacking trip...but is it really worth it?  Take a look at this American Alpine Institute article about the significance of leaving what you find in the backcountry.  

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Are you preparing for your first camping trip of the summer?  Take a second to brush up on your Leave No Trace knowledge with these camping basics from Gear Patrol.  This article features the Center's Education Director, Ben Lawhon!

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Festival season is upon us and this year many non-profits are taking the lead on leaving less of an impact on festival sites.  What Leave No Trace principles do you plan on following when you attend music festivals this summer?  Read the full article here!

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