Awareness Workshop

Saving the A.T. at the 2016 Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot

Dawsonville, GA: Birds are singing, leaves are budding, and the falls are flowing. The changing of seasons here at Amicalola Falls State Park is the signal for some to start a huge endeavor, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. The 80 miles of Appalachian Trail in Georgia make up the 2016 Leave No Trace Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot. The Appalachian Trail is 2,189.1 miles in length, stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia to the craggy peak of Katahdin, Maine. A record breaking number of thru-hikers will be attempting the entire trail this year. Over 1,080 thru-hikers have started the...

Tree-Friendly Hammocking Tip

Springfield, MO: Excited for hammocking season, but worried about the impact of your hammock's straps on the trees? Practice this simple tree-friendly tip on your next hammocking excursion to help reduce your impact. Steps: Collect a handful of small sticks, roughly the same in diameter, that stretch about the length of your forearm. Set-up your hammock. Place the sticks (about a hand's width apart) between the hammock's straps and the tree's bark. Relax and enjoy your afternoon! We suggest cuddling up with a GoSnug blanket and reading your favorite book or travel magazine. Replace the sticks...

Need Duct Tape? Wrap Your Trekking Poles!

Jacksonville, FL: When you head out into the backcountry do you bring along a repair kit? We do, but we always look for ways to cut the weight and bulk out of our packs. Trekking poles offer a perfect place to store a repair kit staple, duct tape. Avoid bring the whole roll (along with the weight) by wrapping some tape around the pole underneath the handles. These rolls of tape can double as a second handle for traversing fall lines when in the mountains. Trekking poles are multifunctional pieces of gear. They can prop up tarps, be used in emergency medical situations, and have been found to...

Rocky Mountain Arsenal Service Learning

Boulder, Co: Earlier this month the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, East Central Team, held a workshop at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and participated in a service project for the preserve. Along with Leave No Trace, there were representatives present from Colorado Young Leaders and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado( VOC ). The group tackles the Helium Stick--a demonstration on what happens when we don't work together to lower our impacts This workshop consisted of 3 hours of activities and discussion centered on what it means to develop a wild-land ethic...

Backcountry by the Numbers Quiz

Boulder, CO: Test your knowledge on Leave No Trace backcountry recommendations. Thanks for taking our quiz and remember to be like the Center’s mascot Bigfoot and Leave No Trace. Pat and TJ - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer West Central Team Leave No Trace’s Pat Beezley and TJ Beezley are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, ENO, Deuter, and SmartWool.

Leave No Trace Tips for Mountain Biking

Ocala, FL: Heading out on a trail ride? Check out these Leave No Trace tips before heading out on your adventure! Plan Ahead and Prepare : check with land managers, local bike shops, local cycling groups and www.mtbproject.com for the most up-to-date trail information. Stick to the Trail : for biking, durable surfaces include established trails, authorized slick rock areas, dirt roads, and pavement. Check local regulations to see if off-road travel by bike is allowed. Dispose of Waste Properly : Use restroom facilities before hitting the...

BLM Field Office Earth Day Events - Bishop, CA

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be putting on several events in the Bishop area including a training for BLM, Forest Service, Tribe and other partners from 9AM-12PM at the Bishop Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center on Thursday April, 21st, a climbers training from 7PM-8PM at the PV Pit Campground on Thursday, April 21st, activities at the Round Valley Elementary Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd, a booth at the Bishop City Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23rd, and activities at the Bishop

The 2016 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership

California, PA: This past weekend, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Steph and Andy, hit the road to attend the 2016 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership. The Wilderness Education Association (WEA) emphasizes the importance of education through the use and exploration of our public wild lands. The conference, an annual gathering of outdoor educators and leaders, is a place to share and learn the latest in educational techniques, practices, and research found in the outdoor and experiential education industry. Leave No Trace was in attendance this year as a resource for...

Grounds Division Training - Oklahoma City, OK

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be at Grounds Division offering a free, interactive Leave No Trace program for the grounds crew staff.

Taking a Page from the Magic School Bus

Grass Valley, CA—In our line of work, traveling is a prerequisite; but it is not just beautiful vistas and outdoor marvels that reward the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. Sometimes the wonderful experiences manifest themselves in a shared lunch with another traveler, an out-of-the-blue small town festival, or as in this case, playing a pertinent role in a budding educational philosophy: Expeditionary Learning. We, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team, have never before spent time at a school that practices expeditionary learning, but this past week we were...

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