How does the Center work with diverse communities?

The Center has several programs in place to ensure that it is reaching the broadest cross-section of people possible with the Leave No Trace program. Connect, a grants program for culturally diverse communities, focuses on reaching youth and leaders/educators from Latino, African American, Black, Asian, Native American and other diverse communities. Additionally, Leave No Trace has translated its entire youth program, PEAK and Teen, into Spanish as well as other core educational pieces.

Why doesn't the Center engage in lobbying or activist activities?

Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics is an all-inclusive organization whose focus is education. The Center remains neutral on most political issues in order to remain all-inclusive and true to our mission of education.

Does the Center receive federal funding? Why not?

The Center receives little to no federal funding. Occasionally we work with our government partners on specific projects where they provide cost share grants to support the project.

Where does your funding come from?

Leave No Trace is funded by a wide variety of sources, from individual members to companies in the outdoor industry. We’re constantly diversifying our funding base, ensuring that there are multiple options to donate and support the organization, including partnership, purchasing educational materials, course tuition, individual membership, grants and events.

How many people work for the Center? What do they do?

The Center has seventeen paid staff, a 14 member volunteer Board of Directors, 5 advisors from its Federal Land Management Agency partners, 48 volunteer State Advocates and over 25,000 volunteers. The staff consists of 9 people who work in the national headquarters and up to eight seasonal traveling educators.

How can you really Leave No Trace?

It’s impossible to leave absolutely no trace of your visit to the outdoors. However, we at the Center have set the bar high in terms of our values and outdoor ethics. Leave No Trace is not intended to be taken literally. Rather, it is a philosophy that guides us while we enjoy any outdoor pursuit.

Why "Leave No Trace"?

The Leave No Trace concept is one that crosses all boundaries of the recreation spectrum and is applicable for anyone who enjoys spending time in the out-of-doors. The idea is simple – leave the places you enjoy as good or better than you found them. There are both skills and ethics involved, as well as good decision-making. We believe that if people do something, even something simple, to help take care of the recreational resources they cherish, we will all benefit.

PEAK Pack Additional Modules


Add new activities to your existing PEAK Pack:

Minimum Impact Match: A Hands-on activity, which helps participants learn about items that can help them Leave No Trace on their next outdoor trip. 

Leave No Trace Crime Scene: Focuses on the Leave No Trace principle "Know Before You Go," in which participants investigate a "crime" (i.e. problematic campsite). 

Price: $7.95

TEEN Pack Additional Modules


Add these great new modules to your existing TEEN Activity Pack:

Team Challenge: Surface Hopscotch introduces participants to the principle Choose the Right Path. Teams have to travel from Start to Finish on a "trail" of cards presenting them with various Leave No Trace scenarios. Teams have to make decisions to Choose the Right Path to continue on the trail. 

Price: $7.95