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Feb 11, 2014

To promote both Leave No Trace and stewardship of our shared natural resources, the Center now has two educational materials grants - Community Stewardship Initiative (CSI) and Tools for Teaching (TFT) - to give back to the outdoors while also learning how to Leave No Trace.


Through community clean ups, trail work, invasive species removal, youth education, and Leave No Trace training, more than 4,400 volunteers will participate during the two-year program.  Through their involvement in 120 Community Stewardship Initiative events, they will reach 50,000 others with Leave No Trace education.

According to Ben Lawhon, Education Director, the program will help provide Leave No Trace education and training resources at the community level. “These programs are a great way for us to support our network of Community Partners, Trainers, and Master Educators, while also reaching thousands with important Leave No Trace information. Through community service and stewardship, we hope to make Leave No Trace relevant in communities across the country.”

The CSI program is available to any current Community Partner of the Center, and all current partners are encouraged to apply for a CSI grant of Leave No Trace educational materials.

TFT is available to any individual member teaching Leave No Trace.  All educators are encouraged to apply.

Community Stewardship Initiative:

  1. More information on the Community Stewardship Initiative.
  2. Apply for a CSI grant.
  3. Join as a Community Partner! Once new partners are confirmed, they are eligible to apply for a CSI grant. For questions about the CSI program, contact

Tools for Teaching

Eligibility: The Center requests that applicants be individual members of Leave No Trace. Individual membership begins at $20/year.  Join here.

The Tools for Teaching Fund is designed to support individuals that increase awareness of Leave No Trace through related projects or educational programs. The grant supplies educational materials to these individuals based on their specific needs.

Consideration is given to those projects that have a local, regional and/or community focus and that have specific quantifiable objectives.

Direct cash awards are not available through this program. Grants are reviewed and awarded on a monthly basis.
Apply here.

Feb 06, 2014

Last week we got to meet Craig Allen, the Leave No Trace Utah State Advocate. He is not only an advocate for Leave No Trace, but also an active member of the Backcountry Horsemen of Utah. The BCHU is a non-profit organization concerned with maintaining equestrian access and promoting proper use of public lands. The BCHU is a state level organization of the Backcountry Horsemen of America. Within the BCHU there are 13 chapters throughout Utah and each chapter promotes their members to Leave No Trace when they travel through the mountains and canyons in Utah. Leave No Trace appreciates the five different Backcountry Horsemen organizations that we are partnered with.

1.     Backcountry Horsemen of Utah

2.     Backcountry Horsemen of California

3.     Backcountry Horsemen of California Mid Valley Unit

4.     Backcountry Horsemen of East Tennessee

5.     Show Me Missouri Chapter Backcountry Horsemen of America


Craig Allen is an exemplary advocate for the Leave No Trace State Advocate Program. Allen is fairly new to the position, but during his time advocating for Leave No Trace he has accomplished a lot.

·      He leads Trainer courses for groups throughout the state.

·      He led a spur-of-the-moment Trainer course for people who needed to have a trainer certification so they could finish their degree.

·      He volunteers his time with Scouts teaching them Leave No Trace and how to ride horses.

·      He is a Pack Stock Master Educator for the Center.

·      He supports land managers by providing his time, talent and treasure to service projects that benefit all trail users and management organizations.

·      He promotes Leave No trace as the current Chairman of the Utah Recreational Trail Advisory Committee.

·      Lastly, he promotes Leave No Trace throughout the BCHU as the current Vice-Chairman and past Chairman of the Back Country Horsemen of Utah.


Allen retired from his career in the Air Force as a Program Director for Northrop Grumman Technical Systems in Clearfield, Utah, where he was a Director of the ICBM Sustainment Program and as he says in his Bio, he got to lead “rocket scientists.” Craig now travels the world with his wife with upcoming trips to South America and New Zealand.  Aside from riding horses he likes hiking, snowshoeing, biking, and trail running. He lives in Hooper Utah and has several acres with horses, mules. Thanks Craig for what you do for Leave No Trace!

To find your state advocate go the get involved page and click on your state. 

Thanks for reading and remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace.

Pat and TJ

Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2014 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, The North Face, REI, Smartwool and Yakima.


Feb 04, 2014

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers have their hot new cars and are conducting the following training events across the country in February and March. 

Check out the Team Calendars - sort by Team or by your state for the most up to date event listings.


For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar. We hope to see you on the road!

Want the Traveling Trainers to join you for your event or training?  REQUEST A VISIT FROM THE TRAVELING TRAINERS!



  • Grand Canyon Guides Training Seminar – Grand Canyon
  • Wilderness First Responder – Prescott
  • Arizona State University Outdoor Club – Tempe
  • Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus-Pine Council – Scottsdale
  • Grand Canyon Council Scout – o – Rama – Glendale
  • South Mountain Preserve – Phoenix
  • North Mountain Visitor Center – Phoenix
  • Dreamy Draw at Phoenix Mountains Preserve - Phoenix
  • Orangewood Elementary School – Phoenix
  • Spring Into Nature - Phoenix
  • REI – Paradise Valley
  • REI - Tempe
  • REI – Tucson
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona – Tucson
  • Summit Hut – Tucson
  • BSA Troop 774 – Tucson
  • Southwest Conservation Corps – Tucson



  • Arkansas Climbers Coalition at Mount Magazine State Park - Paris



  • James Workman Middle School – Cathedral City
  • Paramount Studios – Hollywood
  • BSA Pack 628 – Rancho Cucamonga
  • Leave No Trace Awareness Day - Yucaipa



  • New Emerson School – Grand Junction
  • Aspen Elementary School – Aspen
  • The Cottage – Aspen
  • Lake County Middle School – Leadville
  • Vail Mountain School – Vail
  • City Wild – Denver
  • Pikes Peak Council Winter Weekend – Lake George
  • WinterWonderGrass Festival - Avon
  • Bear Creek High School – Lakewood
  • Senior Field Studies Trip – Lakewood
  • Flagstaff Academy – Longmont



  • BSA Pack 7 – Clinton



  • BREC Out! At Glasgow Middle School – Baton Rouge
  • BREC Out! At Istrouma High School – Baton Rouge
  • BREC Out! At THRIVE Academy – Baton Rouge
  • BREC Out! At Capitol High School – Baton Rouge
  • BREC Out! At St. Francis Xavier – Baton Rouge
  • BREC Out! At Lanier Elementary – Baton Rouge
  • Westdale Heights Academic Magnet – Baton Rouge
  • Homeschool Group - Lafayette



  • Armistead Gardens School - Baltimore



  • Forestdale Elementary School - Sandwich
  • AmeriCorps Cape Cod - Barnstable
  • Northeastern University – Boston
  • South Shore Charter Public School – Norwell
  • Colrain Central School – Colrain



  • Cedar Crest Middle School – Lebanon



  • Ochiltree County 4-H Club – Perryton
  • Perryton Rotary Club – Perryton
  • Wolf Creek Park Clean Up - Perryton



  • Winooski Valley District – Burlington
  • University of Vermont – Burlington
  • Orchard School – South Burlington
  • Sunderland Elementary School - Sunderland
Feb 03, 2014

Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Kate Bullock and Tracy Howard Give a Camping Lesson

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