Educational Materials

Choose Your Hot Spot

Now is your opportunity to nominate an outdoor area for a week-long visit from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in 2016. Everyday, people seek the outdoors for adventure, kinship, exercise, solitude, and all forms of enjoyment. Yet the places we have explored and adored for years are impacted by recreational use, some more severely than others. We call these areas Hot Spots –sites that are damaged but that can recover and become healthy again after specific Leave No Trace applications. By identifying and working with Hot...

Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers in the News!

Laredo, TX: Check out the recent article by Courtney and Nick Bierschbach in Central Michigan University’s latest news letter! The full article can be found here on page 3! Leave No Trace’s Courtney and Nick Bierschbach are part of the 2014 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool and Yakima.

Paramount Pictures and Leave No Trace

Hollywood, California – When you think of Paramount Pictures you probably think of their great blockbuster movies like; The Wolf of Wall Street, Nebraska, and Noah. Paramount Pictures not only makes great movies, they are dedicated to environmentally sound practices. Paramount has a Green Team devoted to promoting environmental practices on their studio lot, at movies sets, and encourages their employees to volunteer hours around the community. Some of the Green Team’s most recent sustainable contributions to their community include working on community gardens, river and beach clean ups, and...

The PEAK Program and REI

This past week we put on a PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) workshop for the REI in Madison, Wisconsin . Teachers, scout leaders, and outdoor educators from around the Southern Wisconsin area came to learn how to incorporate Leave No Trace into the programs they run for kids and teens. Leave No Trace has an important partnership with REI. Not only is REI a proud partner for the Subaru / Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program, but they also support the PEAK Program. The PEAK pack is an assortment of 6 activities included in a flexible binder that focuses on teaching kids ages...

The Situation: Responses to December Situation

Every month in the Center's eNews, we pose a difficult Leave No Trace ethical and skills based situation for readers to comment on. Below is December's situation and a few of your responses. What Would You Do? While backpacking, an older solo hiker joins you. After dinner you notice he has a lot of trash left over, packaging and tin cans. He offers to bury your trash with his. When you ask him why he buries trash he explains he has been doing it for thirty years. How would you approach this "less than" Leave No Trace technique to deal with waste? Here's What You Said...

Whats Going On In Your Area: Great Lakes Region

The Leave No Trace Backyard Sessions program educates people about taking care of the outdoors in their communities. Through Leave No Trace training and volunteer engagement, the Center delivers the Backyard Sessions program through outdoor service projects for the general public. The Center conducted over 80 Backyard Sessions across the country this year. Check out the Backyard Sessions in the Great Lakes Region this year. Leave No Trace Master Educator, Kevin Ayers, organized a 90+ volunteer trail clean-up/signage installation on the Low Gap Trail in Martinsville, IN. The eTour team,...

Whats Going On In Your Area: Central Region

The Leave No Trace Backyard Sessions program educates people about taking care of the outdoors in their communities. Through Leave No Trace training and volunteer engagement, the Center delivers the Backyard Sessions program through outdoor service projects for the general public. The Center conducted over 80 Backyard Sessions across the country this year. Check out the Backyard Sessions in the Central Region this year. - Jason Grubb, Education Programs Coordinator for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, presented the Seven Principles with special considerations for rock climbers in...

Whats Going On In Your Area: Northeast Region

The Leave No Trace Backyard Sessions program educates people about taking care of the outdoors in their communities. Through Leave No Trace training and volunteer engagement, the Center delivers the Backyard Sessions program through outdoor service projects for the general public. The Center conducted over 80 Backyard Sessions across the country this year. Check out the Backyard Sessions in the Northeast Region this year. -Bob Gough, of Staten Island, NY conducted a trail clean-up while facilitating a Leave No Trace overview to 35 scouters on March 17, 2012. -In Cross Fork, PA, Mary Hirst led...

Responses to October "The Situation"

Here’s what you had to say: Although difficult to minimize the effect, every effort should be made to 1) pick the most used ring for yours; 2) work to dismantle the least used ring or both. I am assuming the rings are not permanent (dug in), this would mean relocating the existing borders to the remaining ring(s) and insuring all wood scraps were burned and all trash gathered and packed out. –John Ballard First, I would decide which fire ring is the farthest from the trail and water. Then I would also weigh in the likelihood of it being used again by the next visitors. (To...

All Access: Youth Program Hits The Web

Since 2003 the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has taught over one million youth how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and to be stewards of the places they care about. The primary vehicle for this education has been the Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids Program or PEAK. Each year since the program began, nearly 125,000 children ages 4-12 participate in the program, which is offered by the Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, Leave No Trace Master Educator and Trainers and a host of other volunteer educators across the country. The PEAK program has grown to include ten...

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