Backyard Sessions


Leave No Trace’s Backyard Sessions program educates people about taking care of the outdoors in their communities. Through Leave No Trace training and volunteer engagement, the Center delivers the Backyard Sessions program through outdoor service projects for the general public.The Center conducted over 80 Backyard Sessions across the country this year. 

For more information on Backyard Sessions check out the videos on this page.

CALL TO ACTION: Organize a Backyard Session in your community!

Your valuable assistance is now needed in two key ways:

1.) Identify and attend outdoor and environmental events in your community and offer a 5-30 minute introduction to Leave No Trace concepts.

Whether this is with a small crew at a trailhead on a trail-related service project, with volunteers at a river clean up, a youth event or with a group of multi-day backpackers, we’d like you to locate opportunities in your area (preferably in a natural setting) to help spread Leave No Trace skills and ethics. And one last step: Tell us about it!

2.) Mobilize your network of Leave No Trace supporters, youth groups, schools or others to organize your own outing at a trailhead.

Provide a 20-minute introduction to Leave No Trace and then hit the trail with trash bags and gloves for an easy clean up.  Look for “Leave No Trace teachable moments” along the way. Tell us about it!

How the Center can help you:

  1. The Center will give you educational materials, merchandise and Clif bars (as available) to aid in your outreach efforts.
  2. If you would like to distribute additional Leave No Trace educational materials, please visit our Education and Training Resources Page where you can find various items to view, download and print. 
  3. Use this form to let us know what you’ve done. We want to be able to record and report your work. 
  4. Use our resources. For a list of State Advocates, Master Educators, and partner organizations within your area, please visit your state on the Center’s Community Page
  5. Contact The Center if you need to talk over your work with anyone: 303.442.8222 or email

In 2012, the Center will work with Leave No Trace volunteers to conduct 85 service/learning and community building projects across the country. More than 4000 volunteers will participate.