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Mar 05, 2014

Lisa Ronald, Communications Coordinator, Wilderness50

The Wilderness Act, signed into law on September 3, 1964, continues to be one of the most profound pieces of environmental legislation ever passed, preceding the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act and others. Its purpose is to protect, forever, the wildest places in America, our wilderness areas, and ensure that they remain as wild 50 years from now as they are today. The law itself is one of the few environmental laws that has yet to be substantively amended or challenged. If you think about public lands on a spectrum from wildest to most domesticated, wilderness areas define the wild end of the spectrum, while city parks might represent the most domesticated end.

Because wilderness areas represent the antithesis of domestication—land bent to suit man’s will and need for convenience and comfort—they are increasingly important to ensure that we as a society maintain contrast between what we choose to tame and what we allow to be wild and free-willed. To allow land to remain uncontrolled is an act of human restraint. It is this philosophical notion of free-willed land embodied only in wilderness areas that makes them different and precious. As a visitor, to experience land that is free-willed places you on par with nature, rather than above or separate from it, allowing you to feel that you are part of something powerful and much grander than yourself. On September 3rd, we will celebrate 50 years of American wilderness—a testament to the degree to which wildness and freedom, for both people and land, define American culture.

Since 1964 and the creation of the first wilderness areas, Congress has added over 100 million acres of wilderness lands as a result of America’s continued support for wilderness. Wilderness areas now exist in 46 states and Puerto Rico, and fully half of all wilderness areas are within a day's drive of America's 30 largest cities. Clearly, we have much to celebrate. As such, the Wilderness50 coalition of environmental non-profits, government agencies, universities, businesses and concerned citizens is collectively spearheading over 500 local community events nationwide during 2014 and three major national events slated for this fall:

  • The “Wilderness Forever” photography exhibition opens in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. on September 3.
  • The Wilderness Week in Washington D.C., September 14-17, is packed with interactions with our political leaders and culminates in a gala dinner event.
  • The National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque, NM, October 15-19, is the wilderness community’s first gathering in 25 years and is designed to:

- Foster dialogue and strategic planning with 1000-1500 government, non-profit, and private sector thought leaders and land stewards to define the future of wilderness stewardship and designation

- Empower 10-20 Youth Leader Wilderness Scholarship Program recipients to attend and implement post-conference projects in their home communities

- Engage 800-1000 youth and teachers through the Wilderness Awareness Trail

- Train 50-100 K-12 teachers to use the Wilderness Investigations standardized curriculum in their classrooms

- Educate and inform 2500-3000 New Mexico residents in the public outdoor 'Get Wild' Festival

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is proud to be a Wilderness50 partner in celebrating the 50th anniversary of wilderness in 2014—an avowal of America’s purposeful willingness forever to forego in certain special places the prevailing trend toward development. As a partner, the Center will be offering three pre-conference workshops, including two Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops and a 2-day Leave No Trace Trainer Course. For more information about 50th anniversary events and projects, visit  


In New Mexico’s Manzano Mountain Wilderness, Student Conservation Association Intern Endion Schichtel led a 50th Anniversary New Year’s Day hike, one of the first local community anniversary events to occur this year. Credit: Endion Schichtel.


Like Smithsonian’s yearly Windland Smith Rice photography awards exhibit, the “Wilderness Forever” photography exhibit opening in September will wow visitors of all ages by showcasing the splendor of our wilderness areas captured by professional, amateur, and student photography winners from last summer’s contest. Credit: © Nature’s Best Photography.

Mar 04, 2014


Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program - Southwest Sunbelt Team





Mission: The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational nonprofit organization that teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.


POSITION OPENING: The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics seeks a dynamic, savvy, dedicated team of educators (only teams of two are accepted as applicants) for an April 2014 through March 2015 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer position. Traveling Trainer teams travel throughout the U.S. teaching and promoting minimum impact techniques to outdoor enthusiasts of all experience levels. This team will primarily focus in the Southwest, but will work and travel outside of that region as directed by the Center. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program, in its 16th year, reaches millions of people annually, promoting stewardship of the outdoors, and supporting active lifestyles.

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, sponsored by Subaru of America, represent the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics as ambassadors and educators. The teams present special programs for diverse groups such as youth serving organizations, land managers, hiking, bicycling, climbing and other user groups, outdoor retailers, and the general public. Scheduled stops include trade and consumer shows, schools, special events, trail projects, volunteer events, and other related outdoor-based programs from coast to coast. Throughout the season, the teams post blogs and generate other media highlighting their work with partners, constituents and the general public. Teams represent the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and Subaru of America positively and professionally at all times.

Team members are outfitted with a Subaru vehicle as well as equipment and supplies necessary for teaching and camping, as well as communicating electronically. Teams spend limited time in the field, though camp about 200 nights per year. The majority of their work is with first-time users in frontcountry settings. The Compensation package includes food and lodging expenses, and monthly stipends. Employment and travel begin without exception, April 28th, 2014 extending through March 1st, 2015.


Education and Technical Requirements:

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Skill in writing for a variety of audiences. Skill in writing and editing news and feature articles. Ability to write/edit in a variety of writing styles, ability to draft materials on a wide range of topics. Strong editing and proofreading skills. 
  • Savvy with social media, video, photography and technology
  • Demonstrated passion for and participation in outdoor recreation
  • Current, Basic First Aid and CPR certification
  • Formal Leave No Trace Training (Master Educator preferred)
  • Availability to travel without exception, continuously from April 28th, 2014 through March 1st, 2015
  • Personal budgeting and expense tracking skills
  • Proficiency with Mac computers


Leadership and Interpersonal Requirements:

  • Direct experience teaching, guiding and instructing (outdoor settings preferred)
  • High level of motivation, energy, creativity and professionalism
  • Charismatic and entertaining public speaking and verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills to facilitate work with a wide range of individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds 
  • A positive, flexible disposition as well as the ability to deal with an evolving and unpredictable itinerary
  • Ability to see stories amidst events and help tell those stories
  • Excellent time-management skills


POSITION:  Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Southwest Team

COMPENSATION: Living stipend, limited monthly salary and all travel expenses, use of a vehicle, and basic gear for life on the road.

CLOSING DATE: March 20th, 2014 or until position is filled.



  1. Resumes for both team members
  2. Joint Cover Letter – 2 page maximum
  3. 30 second – 1 minute video introducing yourselves


EMAIL TO:  | subject: Traveling Trainer Search



-No calls please.

-Please do not include additional information or materials with your application.

-Couples and pre-paired teams only apply. We will not place individuals into a team. 


For more information about the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, visit


The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an equal opportunity employer.




Feb 27, 2014

The Mojave, Sonoran, Great Basin and Chihuahuan Deserts make up the vast Southwest region of the United States. The desert is both a harsh and a fragile environment that requires visitors to travel and camp lightly on the land. Some of the Leave No Trace considerations for the desert can be different from other areas. Water is limited for both visitors and animals in the desert, which requires people to be more conscious of their campsite location. Another consideration is the fragile Cryptobiotic crust or living soil that covers large areas and is necessary for plants to grow from, but can be destroyed by a boot or tire track. A popular activity that involves hiking, rappelling, and climbing in the Southwest is canyoneering. Here are some tips on how you can follow the Leave No Trace seven principles while canyoneering.

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Pack along a map and compass to avoid building rock cairns. Rock cairns can be another sign that people have been here.
  • Familiarize yourself with the local ethic and land management regulations before placing anchors.
  • Travel in small groups to lessen your impact. 
  • Prepare for the harsh climate and be ready for flash floods. Flash floods can come very quickly, so know the weather and be ready to move to higher ground.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Hike on established trails, slick rock, and canyon washes whenever possible. Be able to identify what cryptobiotic crust looks like to minimize your impact.
  • If placing anchors into the rock, locate them so they will not cause rope grooves. Sandstone can be very fragile and after several parties have rappelled from an area, the pulled ropes can groove the stone.

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack out your human waste and toilet paper in approved human waste disposal bags. Finding an area to dig a cathole far from water, camp, or the trail can be difficult and some canyons can be primarily rock with no dirt to dig in.
  • Do not leave fixed ropes or webbing in the canyons.



Leave What You Find

  • Leave ruins, rock art, and artifacts where you find them and undisturbed.
  • Clean your gear and clothing after each trip to ensure that you are not spreading invasive species to other areas.

Minimize Camp Fire Impacts

  • Pack along lightweight camping stoves so you will not need a fire. Wood will be limited to drift wood and is not a viable resource for starting a fire.

Respect Wildlife

  • Know when there are area closures due to wildlife nesting.

Be Considerate to other Visitors

  • Yield to faster parties to allow them to pass.
  • Use webbing or bolts that match the color of the rock you are traveling on.

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.


Feb 26, 2014

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

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!



  • Dreamy Draw at Phoenix Mountains Preserve - Phoenix
  • Orangewood Elementary School – Phoenix
  • Pima Canyon Trailhead - Phoenix
  • REI – Tucson
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona – Tucson
  • Summit Hut – Tucson
  • BSA Troop 774 – Tucson
  • Southwest Conservation Corps – Tucson



  • Arkansas Climbers Coalition at Mount Magazine State Park - Paris



  • James Workman Middle School – Cathedral City
  • Paramount Studios – Hollywood
  • BSA Pack 628 – Rancho Cucamonga
  • Leave No Trace Awareness Day – Yucaipa
  • University of San Diego – San Diego
  • Pomona College – Claremont
  • Nature Club at Northshore Elementary – Big Bear Lake
  • STEM Academy at Big Bear Middle School – Big Bear Lake
  • Nature Club at Big Bear Elementary – Big Bear Lake
  • Climber’s Coffee – Joshua Tree
  • Mission Creek Preserve – Desert Hot Springs



  • BSA Pack 7 – Clinton



  • BREC Out! At Glasgow Middle School – Baton Rouge
  • BREC Out! At Istrouma High School – Baton Rouge
  • BREC Out! At THRIVE Academy – Baton Rouge
  • BREC Out! At Capitol High School – Baton Rouge
  • BREC Out! At Capitol Middle School – Baton Rouge
  • BREC Out! At St. Francis Xavier – Baton Rouge
  • BREC Out! At Lanier Elementary – Baton Rouge
  • Westdale Heights Academic Magnet – Baton Rouge
  • Homeschool Group – Lafayette
  • Episcopal High School – Baton Rouge
  • Episcopal School of Acadiana – Broussard
  • BSA Troop 405 – Lafayette
  • Louisiana State Parks Staff – Ville Platte



  • L.L. Bean Fishing Weekend - Freeport



  • Armistead Gardens School – Baltimore
  • Monarch Academy – Glen Burnie



  • Forestdale School - Forestdale
  • Colrain Central School – Colrain


New Hampshire:

  • World Academy – Nashua
  • Festevol – Mount Sunapee



  • Mohican Wildlife Weekend – Butler
  • Miami County Parks – Tipp City



  • Backwoods – Oklahoma City, OK
  • University of Central Oklahoma – Edmond



  • Cedar Crest Middle School - Lebanon


South Carolina:

  • James Island Middle School – Charleston
  • East Coast Paddlesport & Outdoor Festival - Charleston



  • St. Nicholas School – Chattanooga
  • Trips for Kids Southeast Youth Corps – Chattanooga
  • Stringers Ridge Park – Chattanooga
  • Outdoor Chattanooga – Chattanooga
  • Kelly Subaru - Chattanooga



  • Ochiltree County 4-H Club – Perryton
  • Perryton Rotary Club – Perryton
  • Lake Fryer at Wolf Creek Park Clean Up - Perryton



  • Zion Canyon Earth Day – Springdale
  • Second Nature Entrada – Santa Clara
  • St. George BLM & Southwest Utah’s National Conservation Land Friends – St. George
  • Wilderness Festival – St. George