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How to be a Happy Camper!

Ely, MN: Summer is coming. 2016 is the year of the National Parks’ Centennial and America is getting outside. Camping is an American tradition, and Leave No Trace is here to help everyone enjoy the outdoors responsibly together! The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers spend 250+ nights a year camping. From Memorial Day at Great Falls National Park in Mclean, Virginia to overnight canoe trips at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the Superior National Forest in Ely, Minnesota the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers see a wide variety of campgrounds. If you aren’t familiar with Leave...

Team East Central Prepares Their Subaru for Life On The Road!

Boulder, CO: The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers started their year working for Leave No Trace in late April. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers learned about the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, met the staff, completed a Master Educator course and of course, moved into their new home, a 2017 Subaru Crosstrek with 16 miles on it. The purple palace was promptly named “Shelia E.”. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers spend 250+ nights each year camping across the country spreading the word about outdoor responsibility. Each Subaru plays a major role in the...

Bigfoot in Grand Teton National Park #DontFeedTheLandfills

Moran, WY: The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers met up with Bigfoot in Grand Teton National Park to explore and learn about Grand Teton Lodge Company’s efforts to reduce their waste as part of the Subaru zero landfill initiative . Grand Teton Lodge Company has been working with the National Park Service, Subaru, and community partners to minimize their impact in the park. Grand Teton Lodge Company as well as other concessionaires in the park system no longer sell single-use water bottles. The plastic bottles you’ll see in the video below are brought into the park from visitors. Grand...

Meet the Newest Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers!

Boulder, CO: May marks the start to another epic Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer tour! Three new teams are hitting the road to educate millions of people about Leave No Trace practices. At the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, everyone is buzzing with activity, finalizing the logistics for a year of education and life on the road. The Subaru’s are packed to the brim and ready to hit the road. We are stoked to introduce the newest Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. Without further ado, please help us welcome the three new teams! Team East Central: Amanda &...

Climb Hard & Protect the Peregrines

Gardiner, NY: On the Shawangunk Ridge, peregrine falcons are nesting on the steep east facing cliffs, intending to catch the morning sun. These birds of prey perch high above the ground to easily catch some air and hunt small animals down below. With spring here in the Gunks, it is height of the nesting season for peregrine falcons. As climbers come to visit and test their limits on the steep cliffs of the infamous quartz conglomerate rock we encourage all to check the rules and regulations . This way all visitors will be aware about route closures that are in effect, simply so we can all...

2016: Breaks Interstate Hot Spot

Breaks Interstate Park, Kentucky & Virginia--Breaks Interstate Park, also known as the Grand Canyon of the east, has it all: wooded mountains, whitewater streams, rock climbing, hiking trails ranging from beginner to expert, horseback riding...and people have noticed. This 4,600 acre park has begun a recreation mecca for both the local community and adventure seekers traveling across the states. The large area is host to many outdoor races, swift water rescue courses, paddling festivals, family reunions, and more--plainly stated, it's being loved to death. This week, the Subaru/Leave No...

The Yield Triangle

Columbia, MD: The yield triangle is an illustration depicting the standard of yielding between different user groups while out on a greenway or other multipurpose trail. It is important to respect the yield triangle while out on the trail to be considerate of other people and to promote a safe trail environment. For hikers and cyclists it is imperative to be cautious around horseback riders. This is because horses are large animals that have the potential to spook easily, posing a safety hazard to the rider, horse, or even the hiker or biker. It is always best to communicate with the rider to...

Protecting Patapsco Valley State Park

Ellicott City, MD: Patapsco Valley State Park was the site of a 2016 Hot Spot week. This gorgeous state park is a patchwork of public lands spreading along the valley of the Patapsco River. During the past week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers were on site to provide educational trainings and to participate in volunteer service projects. For two of the seven days, Steph and Andy put on their working gloves to help volunteers and the Maryland Conservation Corps to establish a designated parking lot in the Daniels region of the park. Before the project, this highly used area was...

The North Face Endurace Challenge

Washington, D.C.: Mud, sweat, and more mud were the main ingredients during this years’ Washington D.C. North Face Endurance Challenge. A blustery and wet week turned into an artic blast this past Saturday for the 50 mile and 50k races. Runners battled their way through 50 miles of rocky, muddy terrain while pushing through frigid 30-degree temperatures. The North Face encourages individuals to never stop exploring and to always Leave No Trace during those epic adventures. Cold and rainy weather turned every bare part of the trail into a mud puddle, turning this race into a truly epic...

Clean Your Bottom!

Springfield, MO--Springtime invites you to take advantage of the sunshine and dancing waterways; but after a day of paddling, don't forget to clean your bottom! Your boat's bottom, that is. Giving your boat a good scrub before heading back home can help eliminate the spread of invasive species, invasive species that may be trying to hitchhike their way into new ecosystems. Do your best to remove all small seeds and micro-organisms; if accidentally transferred, these hitchhikers may be introduced to a new area/region creating an imbalance. 42% of endangered species are actually put out by...

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