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Feb 12, 2015


What if Leave No Trace were present in every park, in every forest? What if even basic Leave No Trace concepts were alive within the minds of our children?

The goal—Leave No Trace education for everyone who loves the outdoors—is enormous. What if everyone who stepped into the natural world was imbued with an outdoor ethic? We have asked ourselves that very “what if” lately. What might it actually mean for the health and longevity of the lands we all love? What if all children learned just a few Leave No Trace skills to carry them into adulthood? The collective impact would be earth changing, literally.

The fastest way to get there, we believe, is to focus on the sources—the lands themselves, as well as youth. We decided to introduce two new campaigns. The first would ramp up our work on public lands, concentrating on a new, multi-year initiative: Leave No Trace in Every Park. The campaign focuses on public lands: local, state, and national parks, forests, and protected areas.

Our new, multi-year initiative will incorporate Leave No Trace programs and educational opportunities across the country. Leave No Trace in Every Park will take many forms from interpretive materials, staff and volunteer training, public education initiatives, on-site signs, Junior Ranger programs, Leave No Trace Hot Spots, Demonstration Sites, and more.

A first step was to open up the nominations process for 2015 Hot Spots. You responded, and the Center received 73 nominations for Hot Spots. We announced the slate of 12 sites in January. Volunteers will engage in citizen-based Leave No Trace monitoring in your parks, and the Center will engage partners and friends’ groups around the nation to begin activating Leave No Trace in communities far and wide.

With a multi-year grant from a private foundation, Leave No Trace for Every Kid, the Center’s second campaign, will first develop and implement relevant curriculum and certification for youth and camp programs. Camps and youth programs are often the diving board into a long-term love of the outdoors. By focusing on settings where they are already actively experiencing their natural world, Leave No Trace hopes to introduce basic Leave No Trace concepts while kids are forming their personal ethic framework.

We plan to change the world; one child, one forest, one park at a time. We hope you join us, support this work, lend your ideas and volunteer. Enjoy Your World. Leave No Trace.



Susy Alkaitis, Leave No Trace Deputy Director

Feb 12, 2015

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Leave No Trace Gear Tricks and Tips

Feb 12, 2015

Spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20th, but that doesn’t mean we can’t experience Spring-like conditions before then.  When the weather warms up, there are a few things we can do to help keep our trails and natural resources in great shape. Here are a few tips to remember for your next adventure.

1. If planning a trip to a popular day use area, be sure to check with a local land manager for the trail conditions and park regulations. Once you know trail conditions and park regulations, choose a trail you're equipped for. Is it icy? Muddy? Do your have shoes that have good traction? Are you wearing items that can get muddy or wet? Safety is always the most important, so choose the option that keeps you safe, but also allows you to minimize your impact.


2. Walking around patches of mud and ice damages sensitive trail side vegetation and contributes to trail widening; both factors that can lead to increased run-off and erosion.  Wearing appropriate footwear like waterproof shoes/boots and gaiters allows us to travel directly through mud and wet areas without risking wet feet.  Even though we might see people walking around the edges of the trail, we want to try and stay on trail as much as possible. To keep from wiping out if trails are icy, choose trails that have little to no elevation change, or come equipped with some form of traction, like Kathoola Micro-Spikes.

3. Spring weather can be tumultuous.  Warming temperatures can mean high water crossings, hotter than planned hikes, and rain showers.  Planning for the unexpected with extra water, adequate food, appropriate clothing, lighting, first-aid supplies, and letting others know of your plan call all help prevent an enjoyable day out from turning into a dangerous situation. 


4. Wildlife are especially sensitive this time of year.  Many are undernourished from a long winter subsisting on whatever they can find and are desperately looking to replenish their fat stores.  Extra care should be taken to make yourself aware of wildlife closures so as not to encroach.  Additionally, never feeding wildlife should be standard practice for yourself and your group.  This also means packing out all food scraps – even crumbs, peels, and cores.  Once wildlife learn to associate humans with food, animals are then habituated and attracted to humans.   Let’s do our part to keep wildlife wild.

5. As always when bringing our canine friends for an adventure, it is important to bring a leash and pet waste disposal bags. Keeping them on leash will help ensure the safety of your pet, the wildlife, and other visitors. Bringing or using provided pet waste disposal bags helps us keep our parks and watersheds healthy.


Thanks to Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, Nick and Courtney, for the pictures and their feedback in putting these tips together.

Feb 12, 2015

New frisbees and Leave No Trace Tech Tip products!


Expand your knowledge of the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace by collecting all 19 decals or magnets!  Library Set of Decals normally $14.95, now $11.96 – Library Set of Magnets normally $19.95, now $15.96!

The newly designed Leave No Trace frisbee is a perfect addition to your next trip to the park!  Normally $10.00, now $8.00!