Laurel Hill State Park, PA: Festivals are a great way to enjoy music, the company of family, friends, and the great outdoors! This past weekend the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers attended the Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival at Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset, Pennsylvania. This free music festival has more than 10,000 visitors over the weekend. With the help of the Pennsylvania State Parks, the community members, and the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers the local area remains just as beautiful afterwards as it was before!
Laurel Hill has done a great job to keep the park clean during their festival. While this festival was not an overnight experience, attendees had the option to camp overnight at the designated campground close by. The managers incorporate Leave No Trace education into the fun filled weekend camping experience! This includes Leave No Trace hikes through the state park and awareness workshops held right in the public campground.
The rangers have worked together to provide plenty of trash and recycling bins throughout the festival as well as bathrooms for all of the people visiting. Bringing great music to an outdoor venue puts smiles on peoples faces! Leave No Trace made an effort to talk about tips while at the festival. Below are some great ways to incorporate Leave No Trace into your next festival and park experience!
- Plan Ahead and Prepare: Bring a reusable water bottle to help eliminate waste and to stay hydrated.
- Dispose of Waste Properly: Use available trash and recycling bins and consider picking up some litter along the way to make the experience better for everyone. Always remember to use available restrooms/port-a-potties. If you are out on a hike a cannot find a facility, walk to the “facili-trees” by going 200 feet from any trail, water source, or campsite and dig a cat hole 6-8 inches deep!
- Stick To Designated Trails and Durable Surfaces
- Be Considerate to Other Visitors: Be kind to others. Everyone wants to create a memorable experience in the great outdoors just as much as you!
We hope you all have the chance to enjoy some more summer events and outdoor activities! Enjoy music, friends, and the great outdoors!
If you want to learn more tips and tricks to minimizing your impact when outside, you can find a Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer event near you by visiting our calendar!
Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, East Coast Team
Leave No Trace’s Stephanie Whatton and Andy Mossey are part of the 2015 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, Deuter, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool, The North Face, and Yakima.