Leave No Trace in Every Park Citizen Science Project

Leave No Trace Advocates 

Your eyes and ears as a citizen scientist for Leave No Trace are needed now! 

At the foundation of the national Leave No Trace In Every Park initiative, the Center is developing an inventory of all U.S.-based parks, forests and protected areas that actively use Leave No Trace. By 2030, we plan for 100% park participation with Leave No Trace, but to start we need to know what parks are already employing Leave No Trace messaging and education, to what extent and what parks are not.


As an active Leave No Trace advocate, your help documenting Leave No Trace at the natural areas where you spend time is imperative to the process of cataloging Leave No Trace in action. We ask that you observe Leave No Trace signage, area information, interpretive displays and programs on public lands in your area, and then record them in the following survey. There is an opportunity to upload photos of Leave No Trace signage, thus if you have the means to take photos while out in the field, please do so. 

The process should take five-seven minutes, and all of the information is anonymous. The Center is striving for the greatest extent of accuracy as possible so we have a framework to contact and further develop programs with participating areas, strengthen the Center’s inventory, and fully understand the extent of the great Leave No Trace education happening in your community.

Thank you for your time as a Leave No Trace Citizen Scientist. We look forward to your participation. If you have questions, please contact Faith@LNT.org.

 Click here to participate! 

Below is a map with all of the parks, forests and protected areas that our citizen scientists have have reported on thus far. Click each marker to see the corresponding protected area. 


Thank you KEEN for your support of the Leave No Trace in Every Park Citizen Science project!