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Mar 01, 2015

Phoenix, AZ – This weekend we had the privilege to attend the 2015 Scout-O-Rama at the Cardinals Stadium, where several thousand Scouts came together to celebrate the Boy Scouts of America. With zip lines, obstacle courses, even a life size Angry Birds game, these scouts were not lacking on the fun-o-meter. To keep the excitement alive, we were playing multiple games including Trash Timeline on the hood of our Subaru Crosstrek at the Leave No Trace booth.


The jaws were dropping when the participants discovered just how long trash would stay around if left on the trail. Most of the participants had a general idea of what materials were used to make each item, and what elements would break them down. The challenge came in when they were asked to organize them by how long they take to break down. We asked our Arizona audience what are the most common items they find on their trails, the top three were: water bottles, fruit peels, and cigarette butts.


So are you ready to challenge yourself? Take a look at these three items that were found on the same 1.5 mile trail.




Now, put them in order from which one would take the least amount of time to go away, to the one that takes the longest. (Without looking up the answer!)

Then check your answers at link below.


Have fun out there on the trails and challenge yourselves to leave the trails cleaner than when you arrived by packing out not only your trash, but the trash that others left behind. Make it a game by challenging a friend who can pick up the most pieces, the smallest piece, the most unique piece...get creative! Have fun and stay safe!

Until next time,

Court and Nick

Leave No Trace’s Courtney and Nick Bierschbach 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, and Smartwool.

Feb 26, 2015

Council members in Mexico Beach, Florida continue to consider Leave No Trace in their efforts to minimize trash and impacts on wildlife in the area.

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Feb 26, 2015

As the popularity of the Mill Creek climbing area in the Bitterroot National Forest continues to increase, so do it's user impacts. The District Ranger is working with the climbers' coalition and members of the public to develop an educational program for Leave No Trace climbing.  Keep an eye out for the new brochures and posters later this spring at trailhead bulletin boards.

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Feb 26, 2015

Read about students from Western Kentucky University and the inclusion of Leave No Trace in their Outdoor Leadership Program curriculum.  

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