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Oct 16, 2015

Big Sur, CA: Is your favorite trail being loved to death? This past week we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team West, visited the Pine Ridge Trail as a part of a 2015 Hot Spot. A Hot Spot is a site that is damaged, but that can recover and become healthy again after specific Leave No Trace implications. While we were there, we hiked into Sykes Camp, which is the go-to destination for most users. Why this camp, you might ask? At the end of this strenuous 10 mile hike sits a natural hot springs for everyone to enjoy. And everyone, hundreds of visitors almost every week, do in fact enjoy the hot springs. For this reason, it is safe to say that The Pine Ridge Trail is both beautiful and overused.

During our site visit, our group of 6 packed out over 150 lbs of trash, which made for a long hike. But as the saying goes, we had "heavy packs and a light conscience." In addition to our site visit we brought education to over 375 hikers, land management personal and public contacts. Please do your part to reduce your impact by practicing Leave No Trace on the Pine Ridge Trail. 

A BIG thanks to the Ventana Wilderness Alliance for helping to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of public lands within California's northern Santa Lucia Mountains and the Big Sur Coast. In addition, we'd also like to thank the volunteer wilderness rangers who play a large role in keeping this section of trail open and pristine for others to enjoy. 

Check out our infographic for more stats on our time spent in the Ventana Wilderness, and don't miss our video on how to do your part. 

Helping keep our wilderness wild,

Jenna and Sam - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team West

Leave No Trace’s Jenna Hanger and Sam Ovett 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.

Oct 15, 2015

Boulder, CO: The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, our national mobile education program, are on the move!  The following is a list of training and outreach events they will be attending across the country for the remaining months of 2015.  Come test your Leave No Trace knowledge, learn tips & tricks to minimize your impacts when in the outdoors, and get a double high five from the team. We hope to see you at an event!

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!

To request a free visit from the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, submit your request here.



  • BASIS Chandler – Chandler
  • Arizona State University – Phoenix
  • Ragnar Trail Relay – Fountain Hills
  • Phoenix Summit Challenge Urock Festival – Phoenix
  • Cub Scout Pack 134 – Scottsdale
  • Cub Scout Pack 124 - Tucson
  • Tour de Tucson – Tucson
  • Pima Canyon Trailhead Outreach – Phoenix
  • Pinnacle Peak Girl Scouts – Scottsdale
  • North Mountain Visitor’s Center – Phoenix



  • KIPP Delta College Preparatory School - HelenaW



  • Cal Poly State University – San Luis Obispo
  • Kern River Conservancy – Kernville
  • Wind Wolves Preserve – Bakersfield
  • Eel River Clean-Up – Garberville
  • Clif Bar Company – Emeryville
  • The North Face Endurance Challenge – San Francisco



  • Bayou Teche Paddle Trail Hot Spot Week – Breaux Bridge
  • Episcopal School of Acadiana – Broussard
  • Homeschool Group - Lafayette
  • Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School - Baton Rouge





  • Yocona Area Council – Tupelo


North Carolina:

  • Montreat College – Montreat
  • Warren Wilson College - Swannanoa
  • The North Face - Charlotte


South Carolina:

  • The Local Hiker – Spartanburg
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park – Blacksburg
  • Huzzah Hikers Club – Blacksburg
  • Stall High School – N. Charleston
  • James Island Middle School – Charleston
  • Sullivan’s Island Elementary School – Sullivan’s Island
  • Charleston County Parks & Recreation - Charleston



  • Martin High School - Laredo
  • Eaton Hill Nature Center – Sonora
  • Helton Nature Park – Floresville
  • Ragnar Trail Relay – Comfort
  • San Antonio College – San Antonio
  • Harker Heights Park & Recreation City Safety Meeting - Harker Heights
  • Harker Heights Parks & Recreation Family Campout – Harker Heights
  • Mitchell Lake Audubon Center – San Antonio
  • Fall Seeds - San Antonio
  • Farm Day at Mission San Juan - San Antonio
  • Owl Prowl - San Antonio
  • Kuehnle Elementary School - Klein
  • Baylor University Merit Bade College – Waco
  • Big Bend National Park - Big Bend National Park
  • Junction High School - Junction
  • Junction Elementary School - Junction
  • Christmas at the Ranch - Junction
  • South Llano River State Park – Junction
  • Local Boy Scouts - Junction



  • Randolph Elementary School - Cozier


West Virginia:

  • Bridge Day - Fayetteville
  • New River Gorge National River Outreach - Glen Jean



Go play outside. Please practice Leave No Trace. Enjoy Your World.



Oct 15, 2015

Laredo, TX: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we teach Leave No Trace to thousands of kids all throughout the country at schools and in camps. Teaching kids the importance of staying a safe distance from wildlife and why we shouldn’t let animals eat our food is always well received by students. We have a couple of effective methods on how to teach kids the Respect Wildlife principle.

Impacts Vs. Wildlife


You will need a field or a gymnasium to facilitate this activity. The only materials you will need will be two long ropes (50 feet) to make end zones. Place a rope at each end of the field about 30 yards apart.

The Activity:

Select one participant to start being “it”.  The rest of the participants line up shoulder to shoulder on one of the “end zones”.  Each of the participants will choose a native wild animal that they want to be.  The person who is “it” is assigned an impact that harms wildlife (see below).  When the person who is “it” is ready they yell go!  The native wildlife then tries to get to the other “end zone” without getting tagged.  If a participant is tagged then they join the impact.  For example: The impact tags three animals in the first round and then in the second round there are four impacts. Eventually all the animals will be tagged and on the side of the original impact and another round can start.

Example Impacts:

·      Feeding wildlife

·      Too close to wildlife

·      Did not store food properly

·      Dog off the leash

·      Making Loud Noises


Ask the participants why it is important to Respect Wildlife and ask if they can think of any other ways to follow the principle.  Express when there are more impacts it is harder for wildlife to live.  Use the activity to illustrate to the students that when there are lots of impacts in an area, it is difficult for wildlife to thrive in that area.


Give Wildlife a Thumbs Up

Giving wildlife a thumbs up is a simple and quick way for a kid to determine whether or not they are too close to wildlife.

Here is how you give Wildlife a Thumbs Up:

1.     Stick your arm out completely straight out in front of you.

2.     Put up your thumb and close one eye.

3.     Look down your arm and try and cover up the animal with your thumb.


If you can cover up the animal with your thumb you are a safe distance from it, if you cannot, back up and give it some space. 

Thanks for reading and remember to be like the Center’s mascot Bigfoot and Leave No Trace.

Pat and TJ - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer West Central Team

Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley 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.

Oct 13, 2015

Little Rock, AR-- Hi-Cone, leading manufacturer of 6-pack ring holders, has been driving the market with environmentally sustainable practices since 1975.  As a partner with Leave No Trace and supporter of our Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program, we wanted to highlight Hi-Cone's efforts in hope to spring other companies into action and the realization of what they, too, could be doing to lessen our impact on the environment.  

Leaving your mark is overrated.

Katelyn and Blake

Leave No Trace’s Katelyn Stutterheim and Blake Jackson 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.