Bigfoot Patch


The elusive Bigfoot leaves no trace of his passing through the wild, hence "Bigfoot's Been Doing It For Years." Grab one of these great iron-on patches.

Buy 25 or more for $3.50 each.

Price: $3.95

Teen Activity Pack


The Teen Activity Pack is a supplement to the PEAK program and consists of four educational activities designed for older youth audiences. These activities include: “Principle Presentation”, “Ethics Game”, “How Prepared are You?” and “Unlocking the Past.” The hands-on activities have been used to educate both teens and adults about Leave No Trace. In addition to learning about the seven principles, the activities engage participants in higher-level discussions surrounding the themes of conservation, land ethics and responsible outdoor recreation.

Buy ten or more for $22.95 each.

Price: $24.95

Soft Paths


(4th Edition) A 210 page, full color, practical and comprehensive guide to minimum impact recreation techniques and outdoor ethics from the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Buy ten or more for $17.95 each.

Price: $19.95

What is the Center's stance on the use of trekking poles?

Our position on trekking pole use is simple: We feel that trekking poles, when used properly, can help people enjoy the outdoors safely by giving an added level of stability and traction to those who otherwise may not be able to hike safely without them, e.g. those with joint issues, knee issues, etc.
That said, we encourage trekking pole users to give some thought to when and where poles could or should be used, depending on the environment. In some areas trekking pole use causes little damage whereas in other areas the damage can be severe.

Does the Center have any recommendations for urban developments?

The Leave No Trace ethic is appropriate anywhere and everywhere - from deep Wilderness to your local city park. While the Leave No Trace program has its roots in backcountry and Wilderness, it has moved far beyond these areas and continues to be applied in new ways daily. The most applicable Leave No Trace information for urban environments is likely found in the Leave No Trace Frontcountry Program. Frontcountry is defined as outdoor areas that are easily accessed by car and mostly visited by day users.

What is the Center's stance on ATV use? Or why doesn't the Center have any recommendations for ATV users?

The Center primarily focuses on non-motorized recreation but feels that Leave No Trace is appropriate for anyone who spends time in the out of doors. For those interested in outdoor ethics specific to motorized recreation such as ATV’s, OHV’s, PWC’s, etc., please contact Tread Lightly.

What is the Center's stance on hunting?

The Center views hunting as a traditional outdoor recreational pursuit that benefits wildlife conservation when done legally. The Center respects the long-standing tradition of hunting, expects all hunters to abide by all applicable state game and hunting laws, and encourages all hunters to adhere to the Leave No Trace ethic when in the field. There are hunting-specific Leave No Trace educational materials available.

What is the Center's stance on geocaching?

The Center views geocaching as a fun and worthwhile recreational pursuit when done in accordance with land management agency regulations and with Leave No Trace in mind. As the popularity of geocaching has exploded over the past few years, land managers in many areas are seeing more impacts related to geocaching. However, because of geocaching, more and more people are enjoying the outdoors. Both people placing caches and people seeking caches need to research current regulations on geocaching for the areas where they wish to partake in this activity.

What Leave No Trace practices should backpackers do that they don't do?

The most important thing that we’d like to see more backpackers do is better pre-trip planning, i.e. making sure they know about the area they plan on visiting, the local regulations/conditions (particularly regarding to human waste disposal, food/trash storage, fires/stoves, etc.), any special concerns such as terrain, weather hazards, local wildlife concerns and group size limits. The better prepared a backpacker is, the safer his/her trip will be, the lighter his/her pack will be, and his/her overall impact can be greatly reduced.