Education

Forces of Nature

Stewards of natural resources and nature, the Natural Lands Trust in Pennsylvania owns 40 properties with 21,000 acres as well as conservation easements on more than 19,000 acres. How do they save land, steward natural resources, and connect with nature? They manage it through volunteers in their Force of Nature program and high quality professional staff, of course. This weekend, the Leave No Trace e-tour team stopped in for two different training sessions with these groups to talk about the principles of Leave No Trace, how to apply them in frontcountry settings, and the ways to approach...

What have you found lately?

Removing natural objects of beauty or interest is both a social and an ecological impact. In other areas, like National Parks, it is illegal to remove them. Leave the gift of the discovery for the next person and the important nutrients, within this skull for example, behind for the many creatures who depend on these finds for their diet. Share your outdoor ethic with someone on your next adventure and show them one of the many ways we can still capture memories of the cool things we see and Leave What You Find . Can you identify this skull? It was found in the Colorado Rockies. Recreate your...

Roaming Wyoming

We've only been here in Wyoming for a short time and we can see why folks here are staunch advocates for their local places and spaces. Over the weekend we joined Wyoming State Parks at Curt Gowdy for their annual Summer Outdoor Slam, where over a thousand people came out to fish, hike, bike, boat, and camp. The festival style event brought families in droves to try the rock climbing wall, demo mountain bikes by Specialized and Trek, learn how to fish, create art, try some BBQ, and speak with local land managers, outfitters, and shop owners. The weekend focused on getting youth out in the...

The Situation: May Responses

Here’s the situation: You are camping with some friends and just finished up the most delicious burrito dinner after a long day of hiking. It’s time to do the dishes and the group realizes that a strainer did not make it on the trip. What does your group decide to do? Here’s what our Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers said: To wash your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Strain the dishwater, then broadcast, or scatter over a wide area 200 feet away from camp. Pack out any food scraps...

Klamath Falls Recap

In A Sand County Almanac , Aldo Leopold wrote that “the land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.” Maybe it’s time for us to flip that idea on its head, and think of bringing Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics from our backcountry into a community-based approach, a goal the Center has been focusing on over the past few years. By addressing environmental stewardship across different components of a community – land managers, schools, Scout troops, volunteer groups, and community leaders – we can...

Leave No Trace Effectiveness Research Begins in Wyoming

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, in conjunction with Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails and Colorado State University, is undertaking research at three different state parks in Wyoming in 2012. The intent of the research is to explore the potential efficacy of Leave No Trace in state park settings. There are currently over 6,600 state parks in the U.S. with an annual visitation of 740 million. While the Center has worked with several individual state park units across the country, there has not been widespread adoption of Leave No Trace by state parks. According to...

Whose Land is this Anyways?

Fortunately for outdoor enthusiasts in the U.S. there are a lot of places to recreate. From lands managed by the federal government to state land to local open spaces and parks, there is no shortage of elbowroom for those interested in spending time outside. Finding places to hike, camp or fish only requires a quick search on the Internet. However, what is often more elusive to recreationists is finding out who manages those lands used for recreation. There are five prominent federal land management agencies in the U.S. that provide recreational opportunities of all kinds: USDA Forest...

Leave No Trace Club Attends Trainer Course

Interlake High School of Bellevue, Washington is home to the very first Leave No Trace Club. This group of talented and passionate students came together a few years back and have been practicing and advocating Leave No Trace throughout their community. The Leave No Trace club has made it a point to educate their fellow high school students, as well as other local schools, on the Leave No Trace principles. They have also branched out to other areas of their local community, participating in several service projects and attending events to spread awareness of Leave No Trace. The Leave No Trace...

Louisiana State Advocates Focus on Youth Outreach

Peggy Reily and Barrett Kennedy have dedicated themselves to promoting Leave No Trace across the country. They were introduced to Leave No Trace with wilderness volunteers doing a service trip in conjunction with a Leave No Trace trainer course in Yosemite. Struck by the curriculum, the pair went on to take a Master Educator course.. In 2010, the two became traveling trainers. Now Louisiana State Advocates, Peggy and Barrett are focusing their efforts towards children throughout the state with goals to expand the Leave No Trace education to untapped avenues for youth outreach. During their...

Minnesota Master Naturalists

Before leaving Minnesota, the Leave No Trace e-tour had the incredible opportunity to present two sessions at the Minnesota Master Naturalist Conference. This group of high-quality volunteers and professionals are dedicated to the three-part mission of Explore, Teach, Conserve. The Minnesota Master Naturalists work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and University of Minnesota Extension to ensure that people across the state have opportunities to get outdoors, learn about their specific biomes, and participate in some fun programs and volunteer opportunities. During our two...

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