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Support Local Leave No Trace Through Colorado Gives Day
Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, takes place on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021.
Beginning today, you can schedule your donation to Leave No Trace. And through the $1 Million+ Colorado Gives Incentive Fund, the value of every dollar you donate now through Dec. 7th will be worth extra!
Donations through this channel will be credited on Colorado Gives Day (12/7/2021) even if they are received before that date.
Give where you live by making or scheduling a donation today!
Leave No Trace’s History and Mission
Utilizing the power of science, education and stewardship of people and partners, Leave No Trace is on a mission to ensure a sustainable future for the outdoors and the planet.
Incorporated in 1994, the Leave No Trace organization based in Boulder, Colorado was founded to promote sustainable wilderness and backcountry travel but has grown over the last 3 decades to advocate for care, responsibility and stewardship – no matter where or why people are getting outside.
What We Do:
Through a combination of proven education, collaborative science and sustainable outdoor recreation initiatives, Leave No Trace has been a founding voice helping people recreate respectfully and care for outdoor areas. Leave No Trace works to ensure the places we love most will remain healthy, happy and protected for future generations.
How We Work:
Leave No Trace is tackling some of the most visible problems facing our natural world. By empowering people with clear, science-based guidance on how to enjoy their favorite outdoor areas responsibly, Leave No Trace helps protect vulnerable natural areas and wildlife. We are rooted in real-world solutions, on-the-ground experience and collaborative partnerships to advocate for sustainable outdoor recreation.
Evidence-Based Science & Technology:
Science, specifically recreation ecology and human-dimension research, is the foundation of our work. With these tools, we can provide proven education to people and partners looking to follow sustainable, low-impact practices.
Utilizing our community to identify areas that have been “loved-to-death”, we can help prevent further impacts and reverse the damage that has already taken place. Join us in Leave No Trace Citizen Science projects to share what impacts you are seeing to make a difference.
Working In Colorado:
Leave No Trace offers many Colorado-specific programs and resources, and is a founding partner of the Care for Colorado Coalition. With more than 82 million tourists visiting Colorado every year — many of them hoping to experience legendary mountain ranges, scenic rivers and incredibly diverse ecosystems — the need for effective outdoor education in Colorado is clear.
Leave No Trace also leads essential programming to ensure our outdoor areas aren’t “loved to death”, as seen in the recently completed Colorado Springs Hot Spot program.
Partnering with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities:
Lasting stewardship must actively involve the people linked to the lands and areas we seek to protect, and their voices must be foundational to the work we do. We are continually learning and transforming how we show up as a partner and education provider.
As the Leave No Trace office is located in Boulder, Colorado, we as a staff would like to acknowledge this area as the traditional territories of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) peoples.
Leave No Trace is a member-supported organization that relies on people like you! Not only is individual action essential to outdoor stewardship, but it is also necessary to fund our education efforts and initiatives around Colorado and beyond. Become a member today to show your dedication to the protection of our outdoor areas.
Let’s protect and enjoy our natural world together
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