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Mar 30, 2015

Austin, TX- Another 2015 Hot Spot on record. With outstanding turnouts and enthusiastic participants, the Travis County Hot spot was a great success! We had a full week in the Austin area… what can happen in 7 days?


On Tuesday, Travis County employees showed us around Reimers Ranch and Hamilton Pool, pointing out some of the major impacts the parks are facing. After seeing these areas and the impacts that are occurring, we brought them to attention of the public through workshops, staff training, and trailhead outreach.

Here are the numbers:


7 Days, 7 Programs, 365 Attendees.


1 County, 30 Parks, Numerous Impacts.


Over 15 Trails Camouflaged, 65 Staff trained, and 2 REI Presentations.


What does it all add up to? One successful week! Whether we were talking about ways to camouflage undesignated trails or how to dig a cat hole, the public learned valuable skills on what exactly they can do to minimize their impacts, as well as how to teach others. Thank you for a great week Austin, Texas, and keep up the good work!

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, Hi-Cone, and Smartwool.

Mar 26, 2015

Flagstaff, Arizona: Northern Arizona University outdoor recreation guiding program is one of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethic’s proud educational partners. They promote Leave No Trace to the students that attend their trips all throughout the Southwest and the rest of the country. The guides consist of an inspiring group of students that care about the outdoors and want to promote outdoor recreation to the rest of their student body. As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we enjoy meeting people like the folks at NAU who care about Leave No Trace and recognize the importance that it can have in both minimizing the impacts their trips have on the environment and in how it can secure their permits through land management agencies.


Chad Stone works as the Outdoor Adventures Coordinator for NAU. He is an avid paddler, Leave No Trace advocate, and outdoor guide. Due to Chad’s hard work Leave No Trace is an integral part of NAU’s trips and their classes. Thanks to people like Chad that work throughout the country at outdoor adventure companies, camps, land management agencies personnel, and other outdoor recreation agencies Leave No Trace is promoted to the masses.   


The other month we got chance to visit and promote Leave No Trace to the NAU guides. Our workshop consisted of the student guides at NAU whom put on a variety of trips for many people throughout their campus.

Number of trips NAU runs annually:

60-70 trips and classes each year

Student Participants:

400-500 students annually

Places they travel:

Grand Canyon National Park

Havasupai Falls

Superstitions Mountains

Verde River

Salt River

San Juan River

Colorado River

Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area

Activities taught/guided:



Multi Day River Rafting


Wilderness Medicine

Avalanche Courses

Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops

Outdoor Survival


Switwater Rescue Courses

Bike Maintenance Classes

Challenge Course Facilitator Trainings

With all of the courses and classes that NAU teaches/leads having Leave No Trace as apart of their program assures that their clientele is minimizing their impact on the canyons, forests, mountains, and rivers they utilize. Thanks for your support NAU!


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

Pat and TJ

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, Hi-Cone, REI, and Smartwool.

Mar 25, 2015

Special Week Long Education Events at Travis County Parks with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to Help Preserve and Protect Natural Resources for Generations to Come!

March 25, 2015 (Travis County, TX) The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers team are partnering with Travis County Parks to host community events and educational activities March 23-30, 2015. The scenic and popular Travis County Parks have experienced visitor-created impacts in recent years including excessive trash, damage to vegetation, trees and trail erosion.  The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will focus on Hamilton Pool and Reimers’ Ranch, which are managed as sister parks due to their close proximity.   

Hot Spots, a key component of the Leave No Trace in Every Park initiative, raises community awareness and brings solutions to popular natural areas facing heavy recreational use and consequently, the threat of harm to trails, parks and open space areas. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers travel throughout the country providing public education about how to reduce impacts in the outdoors.

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“The cumulative impact of so many people enjoying a great county park system such as Travis County Parks can negatively affect that place,” according to Courtney Bierschbach, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer. “In most cases, the land impact isn’t due to a malicious intent to harm nature and wildlife. Instead, it’s simply lack of Leave No Trace education and practices.”    

“We are excited to work with the The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to help educate our community and raise awareness for the future enjoyment and preservation of our beautiful landscape,” said Dan Perry Parks District Manager at Travis County Parks.

During the week Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will provide private training sessions with County Park Staff and the specific non-profit groups.   The weekend will feature a service project hosted by the Texas State University Botany Club at Hamilton Pool, and is open to the public.

The following is a list of events happening in the Austin area and in Travis County Parks with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers that are free and open to the public:

Thursday, March 26th: REI Gateway Austin: 6:30-8pm:

Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers at REI for this fun, informative and interactive community building presentation. This session will include slideshows, games, giveaways and information on the best methods to cook, clean, camp, interact with visitors and wildlife, and take care of the places you like to spend time outside.  Participants also will be provided with information on how to easily and effectively integrate Leave No Trace into their daily lives.  Travis County staff will be onsite to talk about the different outdoor recreation opportunities within the parks. Please click the links above to RSVP for these REI workshops.

Saturday, March 28th: Hamilton Pool, 9am-11am

Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers at the trail head down to the pool.  They will be presenting best ways to enjoy nature incorporating Leave No Traces seven principles.  (Entrance fees apply).

About Travis County Parks

The county park system was established in 1939, and has grown to comprise over 33 parks and numerous preserve tracts. In 1989, Hamilton Pool was designated a preserve.  One of the park’s attributes is a 45 foot waterfall that plunges into the pool at the head of a steep box canyon.   As the one of the natural wonders of the world the park was visited by 126,000 people in 2014.  The waterfall never completely dries up, but in dry times it does slow to a trickle. Next door, Reimers’ Ranch Park is known as a national destination, offering world class rock climbing with 65,000 yearly visitors.  The active local mountain biking community likewise enjoys Reimers’ Ranch’s 18 miles of trails that wind through the classic Central Texas landscape.  Also, local anglers have come to Reimers’ Ranch for generations to fish for white bass in the Pedernales River.  For more information, visit:


Shaun Marie Auckland M.S., Conservation Coordinator Senior,

Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources, (office) 512-854-4496

Mar 25, 2015

Boulder, CO: The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, our national mobile education program, are conducting the following training events across the country in April and May.  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!



  • Subaru Sea Otter Classic – Monterey
  • Gateway Teen Center – San Diego
  • Point Reyes National Seashore Hot Spot Week – Point Reyes Station
  • Yosemite Climbing Stewardship Training – Yosemite National Park



  • New Team Training Week – Boulder
  • Partners in the Outdoors Conference – Keystone
  • Lake County Intermediate School – Leadville
  • West Park Elementary School – Leadville



  • Palouse Bicycle Collective Ride – Moscow



  • 40th Annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival – Bigfork


New York:

  • Adirondack Mountain Club – Lake Placid



  • Spring Thing at Smith Rock – Terrabonne
  • Evergreen Elementary School – Cave Junction
  • Madrona Elementary School – Grants Pass
  • Call of the Wild – Bend
  • International Trails Symposium – Portland
  • Multnomah Falls – Bridal Veil, OR



  • Ragnar Trail Relay – Mount Carmel
  • Great Salt Lake Council Scouting Expo – Sandy
  • Zion Area Girl Scouts – Hurricane
  • Springdale Elementary School - Springdale



  • ReSource YouthBuild – Montpelier
  • Little River State Park – Waterbury



  • Apple Blossom Festival – Winchester
  • Randolph Elementary School – Crozier
  • Wilderness First Aid Course – Richmond
  • Dominion Riverrock – Richmond



  • Sunnyside Elementary School - Pullman
  • Franklin Elementary School - Pullman
  • Jefferson Elementary School - Pullman