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Leave No Trace in Colorado

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics works nationally and internationally, teaching people how to protect nature and minimize their impacts. Our reach is broad, but we are grateful to be based in Colorado, home to some of the most inspiring landscapes you will ever encounter. Here’s how Leave No Trace works to protect our backyard. Hot Spots in Colorado Since 2012, nine Colorado outdoor destinations—Fourmile Canyon, Mt. Bierstadt, San Juan National Forest, Conundrum Hot Springs, Guffey Cove, South Colony Lakes, Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, Mt. Sneffels Wilderness:...

#OptOutside this Friday

Overland Park, KS: Each year, half of Americans don’t experience the outdoors at all. No fishing or hiking. No climbing or biking. No paddling around the lake and no picnics at the park. Yikes! That alarming stat comes from our friends (and partners) at REI, who are hoping to change our increasingly indoor culture with their #OptOutside initiative , which returns November 23. Somehow, the day after Thanksgiving became a consumer free-for-all, where Americans flock to the stores instead of the outdoors. But REI will again shut its doors on Black Friday, encouraging its...

Cleanup of the South Platte - Denver, CO

Join Leave No Trace This Saturday in Denver, CO This Saturday, October 27th, Leave No Trace and their partner Coors Light invite you to a river cleanup along Denver's South Platte. The stretch of trail and river in downtown Denver is a great spot for people to get their nature fix, but it's become clogged with trash and needs our help. Come and help clean up along the river, then celebrate your hard work after at nearby Coohills. Meet at Fishback Landing, located at 800 Water St. Parking will be available in the Aquarium parking lot. Please inform the attendant you are a volunteer and you...

200 feet, around the world

Moab, UT: When you need to set your tent, wash dishes, or use the bathroom, walk 200 feet from trails and water sources first. 200 feet? That's really far! To demonstrate, here are a few familiar landmarks that don't quite measure up. Leave No Trace's Joe Besl and Joe Creaghead are part of the 2018 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, Eagles...

Leave No Trace for Every Kid — in a Park!

Boulder, CO: Becoming a 4th grader has never been more exciting than since the start of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, at least we here at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics think so! In an effort to increase access and stewardship of public lands for and by all Americans, the Every Kid in a Park program was created. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to obtain a pass for free entry for them and their guests to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year. If you have a 4th grader in your life, here are...

Cache In, Trash Out

Seattle, WA: Calling all geocachers! It’s time to Cache In, Trash Out (CITO). Twice a year, Geocaching highlights worldwide CITO cleanup events, where geocachers can give back to the trails and protected lands they love to explore. You can join this effort on Sept. 15-23, 2018, when geocachers and community groups work together to improve parks and other outdoor environments. Find a few geocaches in your neck of the woods, then head out into the literal woods for a day cleaning up litter, removing invasive species, building trails, and more. If you’re new to this, geocaching...

Wilderness Words: Carr

Georgetown, Colorado: Traveling trainers are always talking about their cars. But today, we want to talk about the other type of carr. A carr is a variety of wetland characterized by low woody plants like willows and alders. It's like a swamp, but with shrubs instead of trees. When hiking through a carr, stay on the designated trail, even if your boots get wet. And they will get wet. Learn more in the video below: Leave No Trace's Joe Besl and Joe Creaghead are part of the 2018 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free,...

'No Man's Land' Film Festival with Leave No Trace

Boulder, CO: Wednesday, August 29, Boulder Theatre, 6-9 PM 11 Short Films Celebrating Women Adventurers Join nonprofit Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics for "No Man's Land" — eleven documentary short films about female adventurers. All proceeds support the leading organization dedicated to teaching people how to protect the natural world. Outdoor gear companies have donated generous door prizes and raffle items, including a 3-day surf trip. Check out and share the Facebook event page . Buy your tickets here.

Anatomy of a Successful Hot Spot

Aspen, CO: Imagine a cross between a frat party and a Phish concert. Now drop that scene onto a high alpine basin with a small hot springs pool and you’ve got an idea of the trouble that was facing Conundrum Hot Springs until recently. Trash, discarded clothing, exposed piles of human waste (yup, poop), loud groups and music playing on speakers, vegetation damage from trampling and firewood gathering, human-wildlife conflicts, and safety risks to unprepared hikers marred the wilderness character of this otherwise idyllic spot high in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness...

What Does Leave No Trace Mean to Scouts?

Bloomington, Indiana: Every three years those members of the Boy Scouts of America who have been inducted into the prestigious Order of the Arrow, which recognizes scouts for their exemplary leadership and service, gather for a week of fun, learning, and community building. The National Order of the Arrow conference is scouting’s second largest conference behind the jamboree, and Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers were there to talk to scouts about minimizing their outdoor impact and what Leave No Trace means to them. Leave No Trace has long counted the Boy Scouts of...

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