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Feb 03, 2014

Burlington, VT.  The Northeast Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer team, Kate and Tracy, will be spending a few days providing outreach and education in Burlington, VT.  During their awareness workshop yesterday, local news reporter Melissa Howell came to show her support of the Winooski Valley Park District and highlight the importance of practicing Leave No Trace while enjoying one of the sixteen parks in the district.  Click here to watch the newscast.

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In addition to the workshop with Winooski Valley Park District, Kate and Tracy will be presenting at the University of Vermont for students in the Parks and Wilderness Management class.  During this workshop, the team will present ways of effectively communicating the Leave No Trace information, the research behind why it is important to practice Leave No Trace, and tips on how to incorporate Leave No Trace on the students' personal outdoor adventures.  

Finally, Kate and Tracy will be visiting Orchard School in South Burlington to spend time with the second graders at the school.  The team will be inspiring the students to get outdoors and enjoy the local area parks that abound in this region of the state.  Also, the team will talk about the importance of keeping the parks clean, respecting wildlife that live in the parks, and to be a Leave No Trace hero in their community.

If you are interested in bringing Leave No Trace to your community, click here to fill out an online request form.  

From the Northeast...Kate and Tracy 

Leave No Trace’s Kate Bullock and Tracy Howard 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 02, 2014

What adventures are you looking forward to in 2014? A week spent backpacking in the Sawtooth's in Idaho? Climbing in the Shawangunks in New York? Exploring all of the beautiful places in your own backyard? Rafting the great canyons of the west? Trail running in Linville Gorge in North Carolina? Walking your dog at your local park?

With 2014 in full force the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers gear up for the coming year of travels and adventure we want to take a minute to stop and think about how we can make this year the best year of our lives. We’re using the first principle of Leave No Trace: Plan Ahead and Prepare, to make sure that we take full advantage of the year ahead. We believe that living an examined life allows us to write good stories with the time we’re given here on Earth. We believe that life is about a journey, about transformation while we learn to live more harmoniously with the people in our lives and the earth we live on. We sat down and explored ways to leave less of a mark on the land and instead how the land could leave more of a mark on us; on who we are and how we engage with the earth that we are so intricately connected with.


The Seven Leave No Trace Principles are a great way to minimize the impact we have when we recreate outside, but how can we take these principles and integrate them into other aspects of our lives? Dani and I are trying to think outside the box and find fun ways to be on purpose with the lives we lead and create a more sustainable and healthy community and planet in the process. Here are a few thoughts on how we’re trying to meld Leave No Trace into our everyday activities in 2014.

Plan Ahead and Prepare: Creating goals that lead to action which drive us to tell a better story with our lives, a story where we work to move forward and live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Sit down, write your goals for the year and how to achieve them.

Choose The Right Path: Are we taking steps to living more on purpose? Focusing on using our legs more. Riding our bikes or walking to the grocery store, carpooling or taking public transportation to and from work. Walking the dog or taking a run more often at our local park.

Dispose of Waste Properly: Thinking about how we can be more conscious of the amount of trash we donate to the landfill and how much of that we can divert to be recycled or re-purposed. We are doing small things like keeping a handkerchief in our pocket during the winter for runny noses, carrying our own cloth napkins as well as reusable bamboo silverware for eating out. 

Leave What You Find: Leaving what you find at the department store…. at the department store, instead buying second hand or sharing within our communities. Focusing on simplifying our lives by reducing the amount of things we purchase that we don’t need, recycling what we can, repairing our things instead of throwing them out and buying something new, and re-purposing things instead of tossing them out. For fun check out this film: Worn Wear Film by Patagonia

Be Considerate of Others: A rule to live by if you ask us. Being considerate of others benefits everyone and creates a more enjoyable environment for everyone. Creating quality relationships with those around us and doing simple things like putting away the electronics at the dinner table.    

Whether you’re planning a trip of a lifetime or just getting outside more to walk around your local park, we can all focus on leaving less of an impact not only when we play outside but as we carry on writing our stories. How will you Leave No Trace this year? 

Ninjas for Nature – Roland & Dani

Leave No Trace’s Dani and Roland Mott 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. 

Jan 30, 2014

In 2004, I was introduced to Leave No Trace for the first time through a college outdoor recreation course on a trip to Southeastern Utah. I practiced Leave No Trace for the first time as I backpacked through Gravel Canyon and found evidence of the past Anasazi culture that used to reside in the area. Pottery shards and ruins were present all throughout the area and I was amazed to see items of such value and importance outside of a museum. I feel lucky that I had the chance to see shards and ruins unspoiled by other visitors. 

The 1979 Archeological Resource Protection Act insures that archeological items found on public lands and Indian Lands are protected. Congress designated this act to prevent alterations, damaging, removing, excavating, defacing, or attempting to damage, deface, remove, excavate, or altering archeological items. According to the act, the items that are covered, but not limited to are:

1.     Pottery

2.     Basketry

3.     Bottles

4.     Weapons

5.     Weapon projectiles

6.     Tools

7.     Structures or portions of structures

8.     Pit houses

9.     Rock paintings

10.   Rock carvings

11.   Intaglios

12.   Graves

13.   Human skeletal materials

Items can still be collected on Public lands or Indian lands as long as an individual or organization obtains a permit from the land management agency. 


From Section 4(b) of the Archeological Resource Protection Act

The purpose of this Act is to secure, for the present and future benefit of the American people, the protection of archeological resources and sites which are on public lands and Indian lands, and to foster increased cooperation and exchange of information between governmental authorities, the professional archeological community, and private individuals having collections of archeological resources and data which were obtained before October 31, 1979 [the date of the enactment of this Act].

This Act is an important part of the Leave What You Find principle. While the Leave No Trace Seven Principles are guidelines for people to follow, legal support from land management agencies can help prevent people from taking these important items for their own enjoyment.

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.

Jan 28, 2014

Want a fun, FREE environmental workshop for your classroom?

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a national organization that teaches children and adults how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, is bringing our award-winning Traveling Trainer program to your city in the 2013-2014 school year.  In the last decade we have worked with over a million children teaching how to protect the environment.

We are looking for teachers in the Northeast Region (specifically in MA, ME, VT, NH) to help pilot new Leave No Trace lesson plans designed to align with the Common Core Educational Standards.


What we offer:

·       A team of 2 outdoor educators offer 45-minute to day-long Leave No Trace programs in the classrooms for students and their teachers. Workshops are available for all grade levels.

·       We provide interactive hands-on educational workshops designed to teach children and adults about reducing our environmental impacts in the outdoors.

·       Easy lesson plans for teachers to try before and after visits from the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers.

·       A short evaluation survey to help us continue to provide quality instruction.

·       An outcome of kids with valuable, useful, environmental information that they can actively practice and share.

What you will learn:

~Interesting skills to minimize your impacts when you’re in the great outdoors.

~The best ways to interact with wildlife responsibly.

~Age-appropriate interactive games to learn the Leave No Trace principles.

~Techniques to develop an ethic of environmental stewardship in children.

~How to practice Leave No Trace when camping, biking, fishing, playing in your local park and more.

~Quick tips to use and share Leave No Trace at home, at work and in your community.


There is no cost to you or your school. If you are interested and live in the Northeast, please contact Kate and Tracy, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, at

For all other training and outreach requests around the country, please submit them using the following link:


About The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

Since 1994, the national nonprofit organization has protected the environment by teaching children and adults how to enjoy it responsibly. For more information visit: