Join the Center in Chicago for a Leave No Trace Backyard Session

On Wednesday, May 23rd, the Center will work with local groups to clean up North Avenue Beach while providing onsite Leave No Trace education. The program, part of the Leave No Trace Center’s Backyard Sessions initiative teaches locals how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly while providing an onsite service project.

The Backyard Session clean-up will take place on Wednesday, May 23rd, from 12:00pm-4:00pm. All Volunteers should meet at North Avenue Beach next to Castaways and bring appropriate attire, gloves, water and protection from the sun. 

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North Avenue Beach/Lincoln Park is considered one of Chicago’s premier beaches. The beach, which features a biking and running path as well as extensive volleyball options and attracts large numbers on weekends and weeknights. Events such as the Chicago Air and Water Show as well as international volleyball championships can draw millions to the beachfront.

Issues such as litter, crowding, and waste disposal are becoming a noticeable issue and more users recreate. In conjunction with volunteers, partners such as Subaru, REI, Clif Bar and Grand Trunk, the Center will work to clean up the beach while providing pertinent Leave No Trace information about how we can prevent some of these issues that face our lands. Volunteers to register with Grand Trunk by emailing