Educational Materials

Winter Recreation

The season for winter recreation is here! It is time to get out the skis, snowboards, and snowshoes to go out and enjoy the resorts and backcountry areas we love. Whether it is a day at your local slopes or a backcountry trip spent skiing to a hut, there are always Leave No Trace considerations to keep in mind. So when you spend time outside in the winter, remember how the Leave No Trace principles can help you. In order to ensure not only a fun trip, but a safe trip planning ahead and preparing is essential for a successful trip outside in the winter. · Check snow conditions and the weather...

Teachers Teaching Teachers

If you work with kids and want to teach them about outdoor ethics, here is a program just for you! The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers can often be found at various REI locations across the country where they provide an interactive workshop that presents the necessary tools to educate youth about responsible recreation and active stewardship using the Peak program. The PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) program is the result of a unique partnership between REI (Recreation Equipment, Inc.) and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. PEAK is a curriculum of hands-on...

Boy Scouts of America Outdoor Ethics Conference

Damascus, Arkansas: The Boy Scouts of America 1 st Annual Outdoor Ethics Conference was this past weekend. The Center and the BSA have had a partnership since 2004. The BSA has over 4 million members and 300 councils nationwide, is one of our master educator course providers, and has a national task force to implement Outdoor Ethics within the Scouts. The Boy Scouts of America trained more scouts and scoutmasters as master educators last year, than the other 6 master educator providers combined. The Center’s relationship with the BSA is important for educating our youth. Bigfoot got to meet...

How Long Does it REALLY Last

How Long Does it REALLY Last While facilitating a PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) activity called “How Long Does It Last?” for a local middle school last week, a teacher voiced concern over conflicting available information regarding decomposition rates of trash items. In fact, if any of you have done an internet search on the subject, it’s easy to see how varied the data really is. The information below will help shed light on the Center’s sources for compiling data for this PEAK activity and similar activities found in 101 Ways to Teach Leave...

3 Steps to Bring Leave No Trace Into Your Classroom

Each year thousands of school children are introduced to Leave No Trace in the classroom. From a short introductory activity to a full day spent outdoors, youth across the country are learning how they can become stewards of the outdoor spaces they care about—the places where they play, exercise and spend time immersed in the natural world. For a decade, the Center has had an active and growing youth-focused program known as PEAK, which can easily be brought into the classroom no matter where it may be! Indoors, outdoors, urban or suburban, Leave No Trace is relevant. The PEAK...

August "The Situation" response

The Situation: You have just reached the summit of your favorite local mountain. Shortly after, a group also reaches the summit. One of the people in the group lights a cigarette, and when finished, throws the cigarette butt on the ground. No one in the group acknowledges this, so you decide to approach the smoker. What do you say to convince the smoker not to litter? Here's what our Travelling Trainers said: When it ends up on the ground and not in receptacle, a cigarette butt is litter. Partially smoke cigarettes, matches, disposable lighters, packaging,...

Start a Leave No Trace Club at your school

In 2011, a YMCA counselor in Bellevue, Washington contacted the Center stating that she was the sponsor students at Interlake High School. The teens wanted to start a Leave No Trace Club. Thus, the first Leave No Trace Club was established as a pilot program. Since, the Center has supported the club with education materials, partnership benefits (like logo/Seven Principle use, copyrighted language, etc.), and training materials. With this support, the high schoolers have organized two Leave No Trace Backyard Sessions at their school which focused on cleaning up local parks. Through a generous...

It is what YOU make it.

On the trails, Utah. Today, mountain biking is one of the most popular forms of trail recreation. Responsible riding is essential to preserve the experiences you work so hard to get to and keep safe along the way. The International Mountain Bicycling Association ( IMBA ) formed to encourage low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA also created a standard code of mountain biker conduct, these six Rules of the Trail, recognized around the world are: 1. Ride OPEN trails...

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