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Nov 22, 2014

San Francisco, California: Living on the road and camping over 200 nights a year requires a few things - a really high and consistent psych level, the ability to be flexible, extreme organization, a love for planning, a solid camp stove, and a bombproof cooler. Leave No Trace Partner Coleman doesn’t necessarily provide us a love for planning, that’s more of a personal thing, but it sure does allow us to cook anything we want anywhere in the country which deserves some serious credit!

Coleman is one of six partners that support the Traveling Trainer Program. These partners allow the teams of Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to travel and provide FREE education all over the United States reaching millions of people every single year.

Here’s a fun video not only paying homage to an essential partner but giving some priceless tips to those fellow road warriors or really anyone that uses a camp stove or a cooler. Enjoy.  

 

Ninjas for Nature - dani & roland

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, REI, Smartwool and Yakima. 

Nov 19, 2014

Heritage Sites is one of the many ethics cards in the Leave No Trace curriculum and this month we are highlighting the Heritage Sites tag since November is Native American Heritage month. Leave No Trace plays a role in this month and throughout the year by advocating for proper appreciation and travel among or within Native American Heritage Sites. Whether you are visiting a National Park or monument, State Park, a National Forest, or any other type of public land containing Native American ruins or artifacts consider the tips below. 

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Leave No Trace has specific guidelines that coincide with our 7 principles for heritage sites so we can protect the precious resources.

In order to protect the sites, restrain your pets and pack animals when approaching heritage sites. Make sure to keep an eye on young children in the fragile sites as well. Check to make sure if you need a permit to visit a site or if you are required to visit a site with a ranger.

The walls of ruins can be stressed easily by people walking on them or climbing on them, be sure to stay off and keep the ruins intact for future generations. Avoid walking on Middens, which are ancient trash dumps that are usually soft dark soil near heritage sites.

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Leave artifacts were they are and don’t rearrange them. Altering the artifacts location can change their story for other visitors. Rather then removing artifacts, take a picture of them or sketch them.

Heritage sites are considered sacred to Native Americans and the sites should be respected. Graffiti vandalizes the sites and removing it can cause more damage to the site. Please leave your name or initials off of the sites.

One of the many government agencies involved in paying tribute to this important month with stories, collections, heritage sites, and educational resources is the National Park Service. Within the NPS site you can find resources for teaching and promoting Native American Heritage Month in your community.

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, REI, Smartwool and Yakima.

Nov 16, 2014

Bend, Oregon: Waking up in the mountains outside of Bend, Oregon this morning, we were greeted by temperatures below freezing. As is the case in most places across the country, it seems winter is making a very cold first appearance! Fortunately for the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we are well equipped for such an occasion with apparel from head to toe! Thanks to the generous support of outfitting partners like SmartWool, we are able to enjoy our favorite outdoor activities in total comfort and warmth each season.

Since 2005, SmartWool has been a critical partner supporting our work across the country and allowing us to reach millions of people annually. The SmartWool base layers we receive allow us to camp nearly 250 nights a year as we travel and teach, keeping us as snug as a bug in a tent. SmartWool also rewards new Leave No Trace members at Traveling Trainer events, by donating a pair of socks to anyone who joins the individual membership program. With the help of partners like SmartWool, our goal is to reach 15 million people in 2014 with the skills and techniques that promote outdoor ethics to preserve the places we love to play.

SmartWool is an outstanding choice to stay warm and stylish for any outdoor adventure, whether the sun is shining or the snow is falling!

Ninjas for Nature – dani & roland

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, REI, SmartWool and Yakima. 

Nov 13, 2014

Jacksonville, Florida: Happy Acres Ranch is a school, summer camp, and afterschool program that is dedicated to including Leave No Trace and outdoor education/recreation in their students’ education. Happy Acres provides kids with a chance to experience their outdoor environment through programs, play, and they also advocate environmental ethics. Programs like Happy Acres have infrastructures to allow for this type of education but, for those that don’t, Leave No Trace has materials, programs, and ideas on how outdoor ethics education can be implemented for their students. Below are suggestions on how you can include the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to develop an outdoor ethic within your students.

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We hope these ideas and suggestions are beneficial and can be utilized to help promote Leave No Trace in your school. 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, REI, Smartwool and Yakima.

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