Before the Last Leaves Fall

Springfield, OH: The countdown to Halloween is finally here, and many in the nation are in a rush to enjoy themselves before the snows come. But this time of year, school is back in full swing, work is making up for summer absences, and social calendars are starting to fill up fast. To make sure you're making the most of your fall, here are three outdoors challenges to complete before the last leaves fall:

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As the leaves and the land change with the seasons, one of the more intentional ways you can get outside is to sit and watch the sunrise. While it happens daily, it's rare in the hustle and bustle of life to take the intentional time to be present for the full transition from night to day. So find a morning that's supposed to be clear or partly cloudy, put down the devices, pick up your coffee, and enjoy the light show, whether it's from your porch or from a mountain pass.

 

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Break the Routine

One of the fun things about fall is that there's always something new and different to do, especially on weekends - and a lot of times, those activities are outside! Take the time to find a new-to-you to-do, whether it's a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, or a new park or trail to explore. Stay on designated pathways to give wildlife their space as they settle in for the winter, and make sure you leave any fallen leaves you find behind - when they decompose, they'll become fertile soil for next year's plants.

 

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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Even if it's too cold at night to camp for your tastes, there's nothing like sharing stories around a fire. As the days get shorter, make it a point to gather a small group friends for a Leave No Trace fire at your favorite campground or backyard fire pit. Make sure to check local rules and regulations to ensure fires are okay, and only use local wood - as fun as scary stories are, the range of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer is scary enough as it is.

 

As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, we're always dreaming up different ways to enjoy the outdoors, no matter the season - but getting outside this time of year can keep us energized for the winter to come. These challenges might seem simple, but the more time we spend outside, the more we remember how special our outdoor spaces truly are.

We hope you enjoy your autumn, and Enjoy Your World!

 

--Amanda and Junaid, Team East Central

Leave No Trace's Amanda Jameson and Junaid Dawud 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, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Deuter, Thule, Klean Kanteen, and Smartwool.