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Mad About Our Latest Hot Spot

Wytheville, VA: There's a fair amount of indoor climbing in central Ohio - but what about outdoor climbing? The dolemite cliffs along the Mad River just outside of Springfield have been an illicit climbing spot for the last two decades, but they are illicit no more. About 40 acres on the south side of the river have been turned into the Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve, and the Clark County Parks District has plans to add about 60 acres to the property. Team East Central recently conducted a Hot Spot in the area, and found a budding community of climbers, locals, and land...

Before the Last Leaves Fall

Springfield, OH : The countdown to Halloween is finally here, and many in the nation are in a rush to enjoy themselves before the snows come. But this time of year, school is back in full swing, work is making up for summer absences, and social calendars are starting to fill up fast. To make sure you're making the most of your fall, here are three outdoors challenges to complete before the last leaves fall: Greet the Sun As the leaves and the land change with the seasons, one of the more intentional ways you can get outside is to sit and watch the sunrise...

An Adventure Immersed in Culture and Art

Macon, GA: Dancing, stories, and cultural foods; these are just some of the things which contribute to the heritage of Native Americans. Did you know, there are over one hundred Native American cultural sites scattered across the United States? Each one, designated to preserve our public lands, and to help commemorate the contribution of Native American culture. From Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado to Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia, these parks offer people an opportunity to take a step back into history and to become immersed in native traditions. The Earth...

Guffey Gorge is Instagram Famous

Guffey, CO: Guffey Gorge (a.k.a. Paradise Cove), a 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot, is Instagram famous. Once a local secret, this 80-acre gorge, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, boasts a gorgeous waterfall that tumbles from steep granite canyon walls. Tucked 1/2 mile down an unassuming trailhead, social media attention has turned this sleepy spot into a hotbed of activity. On sunny July weekends, up to 1,000 visitors a day make the steep hike into the Gorge to enjoy a swimming hole at the base of the falls that’s not much bigger or deeper than your average backyard...

A Local Gem in Danger

New Paltz, NY: The Peekamoose Blue Hole has become an Internet celebrity. Now selected, as a 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot , the Blue Hole needs a new type of fame, one that recognizes its fragile ecology. This geologic formation is wild in nature and unfortunately; its fame has exponentially increased the number of visitors and the impacts, which follow them. With anywhere from 600-2000 visitors in a weekend the ¾ acre footprint of the Blue Hole has seen its fair share of impacts. Soil erosion, trampled vegetation (including small plants, flowers, and primarily mosses),...

Everyday Trail Maintenance

Madison, WI: When we think of trail maintenance, we often think of experienced workers, with large packs and larger tools, hiking in many miles with everything from McLeods to pick mattocks . But you don't have to be an experienced trail crew member to help keep our trails nice and tidy. Here are some tips and tricks on how to help your local trail crews when you're out on a hike: 1. Get Dirty After snowmelt or wet spells, those muddy or waterlogged trails can prove hard to travel - but earning that trail and the dirt that comes with it is half the fun! Come prepared with...

Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse?

Boulder, Colorado: Are you ready for the 2017 Solar Eclipse Across America? Check out our video and blog below for tips on preparing for this historic event! 1. Know before you go: With over seven million people traveling to see the eclipse, you're sure to find lots of traffic, and little to no cell phone service, food, or other supplies available in the path of totality . Make sure you bring everything you'll need for a five to six day trip, since most agencies anticipate that roads in and out of the eclipse zone will be gridlocked at least two days before...

Five Great Leave No Trace Educational Resources

Boulder, CO: Summer is slowly winding down and school is starting up, which means reading, writing, arithmetic…and Leave No Trace! We believe Leave No Trace should be part of every child’s educational experience. In fact, that’s the motivation behind our Leave No Trace for Every Kid initiative. While the Traveling Trainers reach thousands of kids each year with direct Leave No Trace education, we know that parents, teachers, scout leaders, camp staff, and everyone with kids in his or her life can play a pivotal role in helping them develop an outdoor ethic. While on the road...

RockyGrass: Always working towards more Sustainable Festivation

Lyons, CO: RockyGrass is a three day long festival filled with music, food and drink, arts and crafts, relaxation and fun diversions. Also, let's not forget tubing the river and campsite pickin' gatherings! RockyGrass is always looking for new ways to help practice Leave No Trace at their festival and has done an amazing job of building Sustainable Festivation as a community ethic. "How does one RockyGrass?", you ask. Click the video for some quick tips on enjoying RockyGrass. RockyGrass has been going since 1973, but in 1992, Planet Bluegrass put down their roots in Lyons,...

Would You Invite Yourself Back? Leave No Trace at Festivals

Coeur D’Alene, ID : Love a festival? Us too! Music, dancing, food, fun and friends…what’s not to like? Well…maybe a few things. Bringing thousands of people together can have negative impacts on the land, wildlife, and on visitors and locals. But, with a bit of planning and knowledge, festival fun doesn’t have to keep you from being on your best Leave No Trace behavior! Check out this video for easy things everyone can do to Leave No Trace at festivals, then read on for even more tips and tricks. 1. An easy way to create less waste at festivals is to arrive with less waste...

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