Educational Materials

Leave No Trace Ski Tips

Park City, UT: Ski season is here, are you ready to enjoy your world and Leave No Trace in the snow? Here are a few tips and tricks to remember the Leave No Trace Seven Principles while having fun on the mountain. It is easy to Plan Ahead and Prepare for your day on the mountain. Always remember to check the weather so that you are warm enough. It is also important to carry a trail map of the runs on the mountain to make sure you are skiing or snowboarding at your ability. Also remember to check your equipment to have a safe day on the mountain. When you enjoy the outdoors in the snow...

Respect Wildlife: Build A Bat House

Monroe, LA: Did you know that the last week of October is Bat Week? We were in the Daniel Boone National Forest where the Red River Gorge is located this year and they were celebrating by building bat houses. The sixth Leave No Trace principle is to Respect Wildlife . When we talk about respecting wildlife we encourage: Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. Control...

Do You Know The Thumb Trick?

Slade, KY: Seeing wildlife is one of the pleasures of the great outdoors. We must remember that when we see wildlife we are visitors in their home. It is important to respect wildlife. Principle 6 teaches us a few things about treating wild animals with respect and here are some of those tips: Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. Control pets at all times, or...

Love to Hike? How To Minimize Your Impact On The Trail

Phoenix, AZ - While hiking on the trail is extremely important in desert areas with living biological soil, hikers can also have a serious impact on sensitive flora wherever they are. From the alpine to lowland meadows and riparian areas, our cumulative footsteps can damage the places we love. Especially with record numbers of visitors getting outside and exploring, practicing Leave No Trace is more important than ever! Learn how YOU can protect the places you love by Traveling and Camping on Durable Surfaces! Have fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb...

Don't Bust the Crust - How You Can Protect The Desert Ground

Moab, UT: Biological soil crust, also known as cryptobiotic soil, is the foundation of desert plant life. This black, knobby crust is made up of many different living organisms and plays a vital role in maintaining the desert eco-system. However, this sensitive soil is extremely fragile and can take decades to grow. Even a footstep can damage the crust for decades, having lasting impacts on the desert environment. So next time you're out exploring the Southwest, please stick to trails, especially if you on a bike or OHV. If traveling overland while hiking or canyoneering, use a route that...

Car Camping: Doing the Dishes 101

Columbus, OH: Doing the dishes is a dirty proposition but it doesn't have to be difficult. Check out the video to learn a quick and simple way to wash dishes while front country camping. Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace 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 program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, and SmartWool.

Poop Tube 101

Nashville, TN: Do you know how to dispose of your human waste when in the outdoors? Here are the general guidelines on how to dispose of waste properly when in the outdoors: Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter. Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use...

Leave No Trace for Pokemon Go

St. Louis, MO: We believe that all time spent outside is a good thing. This summer Pokemon Go was introduced to the world. This game, described by many as digital geocaching for kids, has taken the world by storm and caught many off guard. We believe that Leave No Trace is for everyone, no matter what your chosen activity is outside there is always a way to enjoy it more responsibly. Here are some tips on how to enjoy Pokemon Go and the great outdoors! Travel Well, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg...

What is a Leave No Trace Master Educator?

Davenport, IA: Leave No Trace partners with groups to foster a responsible outdoor ethic. Our partners keep Leave No Trace thriving around the world. There are various levels of partnerships that support Leave No Trace. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is one such partner. The ATC is a nonprofit who's mission is "to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come." LEAVE NO TRACE VISITS APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY MASTER EDUCATOR COURSE...

Leave No Trace at the Beach

Cannon Beach, OR - The sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, a breeze ruffles the shore grasses, and buffs the golden sand. Kids fly kites in the evening light while horseback riders splash through the waves. One by one, oysters pop open on the coals and we eat the salty meat with butter and hot sauce. Earlier, we explored the tidal pools around Haystack Rock, captivated by the rainbow of anemones and sea stars. Whether you are venturing to the coast of the Pacific Northwest or Florida, we've got some great tips to help you have fun and Leave No Trace at the beach. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No...

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