Once Around The Sun: Recent Results

In 2016, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics inspired more people than ever before to take an active role in the protection of natural places. 


This powerful education initiative engages you in outdoor settings to develop their understanding of the natural world.

  • In 2016, working in conjunction with 20 summer camps, the Center implemented a new youth-facing curriculum that engaged 9,000 campers and 900+ outdoor camps and staff members.
  • The pilot program will help the Center improve and expand this valuable Leave No Trace educational program.
  • Youth research data collected revealed that 89% of summer camp staff have never been formally trained in Leave No Trace.
  • New Youth Program Training Guide and other resources are set to be released in 2017. 



What if everyone who stepped into the natural world was provided with the tools to develop an outdoor ethic? That's the goal of this bold, multi-year initiative. 

  • The Traveling Trainers conducted 601 events in 48 states and reached over 15.5 million people with Leave No Trace education. 
  • The Center initiated an 18-month project with the City of Portland in Oregon to bring Leave No Trace to life in 300 city parks, including outreach to land managers and public education sessions.
  • The Traveling Trainers visited 591 parks, including 16 Hot Spot weeks to help reverse the effects of high-use recreation. 
  • Partnerships with federal land management agencies continued to grow: A grant awarded by the Bureau of Land Management enabled 112 training days that provided 38,270 people to Leave No Trace education.