Educational Materials

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...

Packing the Subaru: Plan Ahead and Prepare

Minneapolis, MN: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we spend 250+ nights a year camping. To be successful at our jobs we must plan ahead and prepare on a regular basis. We use the Seven Principles in our daily life to make a positive environment footprint everywhere we go. As seen in order shown in video. Follow the links to see where these items are available. Principle 6: Respect Wildlife : Bear Can : Used to make food and other scented items secure from bears and other critters. Principle 2: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces : Scrim...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Saving the A.T. at the 2016 Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot

Dawsonville, GA: Birds are singing, leaves are budding, and the falls are flowing. The changing of seasons here at Amicalola Falls State Park is the signal for some to start a huge endeavor, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. The 80 miles of Appalachian Trail in Georgia make up the 2016 Leave No Trace Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot. The Appalachian Trail is 2,189.1 miles in length, stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia to the craggy peak of Katahdin, Maine. A record breaking number of thru-hikers will be attempting the entire trail this year. Over 1,080 thru-hikers have started the...

Leave No Trace Tips for Mountain Biking

Ocala, FL: Heading out on a trail ride? Check out these Leave No Trace tips before heading out on your adventure! Plan Ahead and Prepare : check with land managers, local bike shops, local cycling groups and www.mtbproject.com for the most up-to-date trail information. Stick to the Trail : for biking, durable surfaces include established trails, authorized slick rock areas, dirt roads, and pavement. Check local regulations to see if off-road travel by bike is allowed. Dispose of Waste Properly : Use restroom facilities before hitting the...

fANTastic!

Beaux Bridge, LA--A slight tickle frisks my exhausted thigh: Over two mountains and down again we finally find ourselves wearily reclining on a Lay-Z-Boy-Rock: content and starving. The pesky tickling is vying for my attention but nothing can top the need for lunch, for canned tuna and a block of sharp cheddar. Spoon in hand, I dig into the tuna, now repackaged in my twice-before used Ziploc, and take a bite off the “block oh-cheddah”. I get that watery mouth feeling of pure enjoyment and as my spoon crescendos for another chomp, the hair on my legs begin to stand and the tickling becomes...

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