Educational Materials

Let's Keep The Linville Gorge Gorge-ous

Marion, NC: Steep rock walls, towering peaks, and cascading waterfalls create the wilderness area of the iconic, Linville Gorge. Any outdoor enthusiast would feel at home in the gorge with miles of trails connecting the river with the peaks above. With an increasing amount of visitors each year, the gorge is under threat of being loved to death. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers made their way to the Linville Gorge for a week long Hot Spot to help aid in the protection of this heavily used wilderness area. The major impacts that we witnessed during our adventures in the gorge are...

We are on the Road to Somewhere

East Lansing, MI: Have you ever heard the adage, “You can’t know what you don’t know”? It is a truism covering experiences far and wide, but no matter the subject, one hard to swallow pattern within this adage seems to always hold strong: We can not see where we are headed until we arrive . For us at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, we challenge this stubborn reality and ask you to join us in the efforts. Last week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference, commemorating 100 years of brotherhood and...

Nominate a Leave No Trace Hot Spot

Boulder, CO: Is there an outdoor area in the country that you love and want to see an increase in Leave No Trace education facilitated throughout the land management agencies, guiding companies that utilize the area, and visitors that recreate on that land? Do you have a favorite trail, mountain, beach, canyon, forest, or river that is degraded by litter, trampling, campfire scars, human and dog waste, impacts to wildlife, or inconsiderate visitors and you don’t know how to mitigate these impacts? A Leave No Trace Hot Spot is the answer! You can nominate a Leave No Trace “Hot Spot” anywhere...

Top Five Reasons Why You Should Run an Awareness Workshop

Jackson, Wyoming: Wilderness Adventures has trips all over the country and world for pre-teens to college students. With over 80 instructors and 600 participants taking trips down rivers, up mountains, through canyons, and various forests throughout the country, we are proud to have them as an educational partner at Leave No Trace. Last weekend we had the privilege to put on a four-hour awareness workshop for all 80 instructors on how to teach their participants to minimize their impact when they are traveling and camping in the outdoors. Working with WA got us thinking about how important...

Grand Teton Lodge Company

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming: The Grand Teton Lodge Company is a partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Thanks to our partnership with GTLC we are able to reach over 60,000 of their visitors and over 1,000 of their staff members with Leave No Trace education. In order to reach the most amount of people possible over the course of the year we have developed Leave No trace specific considerations for the GTLC. Grand Teton Lodging Company- Leave No Trace Specific Considerations 1) Plan Ahead and Prepare · Bring enough water, sunscreen,...

Northen Arizona University and Leave No Trace

Flagstaff, Arizona: Northern Arizona University outdoor recreation guiding program is one of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethic’s proud educational partners. They promote Leave No Trace to the students that attend their trips all throughout the Southwest and the rest of the country. The guides consist of an inspiring group of students that care about the outdoors and want to promote outdoor recreation to the rest of their student body. As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we enjoy meeting people like the folks at NAU who care about Leave No Trace and recognize the importance...

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Your Impact in the Outdoors

San Diego, CA: Read the Top 10 Ways to Reduce Your Impact in the Outdoors! 1. Prepare for your trip. a. Bring the ten essentials . b. Research the weather. c. Know the rules and regulations of the area you are traveling in. d. Obtain any permits or reservations needed for the area your traveling to. 2. Stay in the middle of the trail. Even if the trail is muddy, just hike through the mud. By hiking through the mud you won’t erode the sides of the trail or crush vegetation on the side of the trail. Wear boots and if you need them bring along gaiters. If you are not hiking on a trail, hike on...

Ouray Ice Festival

Ouray, Colorado: This past weekend the Ouray Ice Climbing Festival was held in a breathtaking gorge surrounded by the San Juan Mountain Range. Climbers from all over the world came to climb, compete, and spend time in the picturesque town of Ouray. The climbers at the festival had perfect temperatures, support from various outdoor gear manufactures, and were nothing but supportive towards the Leave No Trace message. Pat busy at the booth talking with climbers. During our travels as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, we have found that climbers are avid supporters of Leave No Trace...

Native American Heritage Month

Heritage Sites is one of the many ethics cards in the Leave No Trace curriculum and this month we are highlighting the Heritage Sites tag since November is Native American Heritage month . Leave No Trace plays a role in this month and throughout the year by advocating for proper appreciation and travel among or within Native American Heritage Sites. Whether you are visiting a National Park or monument, State Park, a National Forest, or any other type of public land containing Native American ruins or artifacts consider the tips below. Leave No Trace has specific guidelines that coincide with...

How to Practice and Promote Leave No Trace at your School

Jacksonville, Florida: Happy Acres Ranch is a school, summer camp, and afterschool program that is dedicated to including Leave No Trace and outdoor education/recreation in their students’ education. Happy Acres provides kids with a chance to experience their outdoor environment through programs, play, and they also advocate environmental ethics. Programs like Happy Acres have infrastructures to allow for this type of education but, for those that don’t, Leave No Trace has materials, programs, and ideas on how outdoor ethics education can be implemented for their students. Below are...

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