Education

How to use the Leave No Trace Seven Princples when visiting Parks!

Harpers Ferry, WV: How to use the Leave No Trace Seven Principles when visiting parks! 2016 is the centennial of the National Park System and Leave No Trace wants to help you get outside and enjoy your world! In the summer months millions of people get outside and visit parks. America has a great system of parks at every level from the 59 National Parks to State Parks and even your local community park. You may be aware of the many incidents that have already plagued some parks, like Yellowstone National Park this summer. These incidents for the most part can be prevented by simply being...

How to Leave No Trace in Bear Country

Slim Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN: Do you like to enjoy the outdoors in an area where there is a potential for bears? Leave No Trace has a variety of techniques to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity safely while in bear country. The sixth principle for Leave No Trace is to respect the wildlife and in bear country this means using an appropriate technique to keep you safe and the bear safe. In this video Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers demonstrate the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) style of bear hang. Happy Trails, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace...

Looking Back on the Lake Tahoe Hot Spot

Bend, OR: It's been a week since Team West wrapped up the Lake Tahoe Hot Spot, but the energy and momentum from the event is still buzzing! Take a look at some of the highlights from an inspiring week of Leave No Trace, teaching, service, and outreach. Highlights from the week included: * 11 new Leave No Trace certified trainers * 1,167 cigarette butts picked up during a bike path clean up * 5 black bears spotted * 1,500 attendees at the Native Species Festival Thanks for an amazing week Lake Tahoe, we hope to see you...

Repackaging Food to Reduce Waste

South Strafford, VT: Are you getting ready for a trip into the backcountry this summer? Try repackaging food for a simple way to save time in the kitchen and to reduce the amount of trash you will need to carry out. This easy to implement Tech Tip, makes a huge difference in the efficiency of a backcountry kitchen when it comes time to cook. There are many benefits to repackaging food including: Reduced pack weight Reduced total trash to carry out Reduces the chance of dropping granola bar wrappers/bags Portioned meals, making cooking easier! Organized meal selection Faster meal prep If you...

Easy Breakfast Tech Tip

Ely, MN: Do you like oatmeal for breakfast when enjoying your favorite outdoor activity? We do! Oatmeal is a great breakfast when enjoying the outdoors because it is light to pack, easy to personalize and a kid favorite! Oatmeal is a great meal to use when you want to dispose of your waste easily when in the outdoors. With just a little planning ahead and preparing you can make an easy breakfast in the outdoors and create very little waste and help you practice Leave No Trace! For a great breakfast in the outdoors with minimal waste you will need: Your favorite instant oatmeal Hot water Spoon...

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...

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...

Learning the Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Rising Fawn, GA--Learn, remember, and teach the Leave No Trace Seven Principles in a fun and interactive way! Curious about any of the things we mentioned in the video? Take a walk through some of our other Leave No Trace blogs to learn about catholes , rule of thumb , how to leave what we find , and what it means to be careful with fire . See you on the trail! Katelyn and Blake Leave No Trace’s Katelyn and Blake 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...

Minimal Impact Fishing

Las Vegas, NV: When fishing take care not to introduce non-native species to water sources and surrounding areas. Pack out all un-used bait and dispose of properly. Thoroughly wash all equipment between fishing trips. Helping keep our wild spaces wild, Jenna and Sam - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team West Leave No Trace’s Jenna Hanger and Sam Ovett 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, Deuter, Eagle's Nest Outfitters,...

Fluffing the Duff

Dawsonville, GA: What is the, "duff"? Duff, is the layer of ground made up of leaves, sticks, and loose organic soil. This layer of duff can be easily compacted by tents at campsites. Avoid leaving your mark by fluffing the duff after your stay, keeping the campsite looking as pristine as possible for others to enjoy. Steph and Andy – Su baru/Leave No Tra ce Traveling Trainer Team East Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy Mossey 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...

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