Frontcountry

LL Bean Turns 100!

Freport, ME. For a century now, LL Bean has provided quality clothing, gear, and apparel to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Beginning with a single product, The Bean Boot, LL Bean has grown into a multi-faceted business with outdoor gear, home decor, biking and boating equipment, hunting and fishing gear, and they throw one heck of a party! This past weekend, we spent four days celebrating the 100th Anniversary of this great company. We set ourselves up in Beanland, an area filled with games and activities for children and families. People we so excited to try out our game- Durable Surafce...

Have you camped here?

Chances are... probably not. This site is not in a campground near you. It's a dispersed site on the Winema National Forest in Chemult, Oregon. Dispersed camping is just as it sounds, spread out on public lands. More common in the west than the east you'll usually find these lands managed by either the the US Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. There are varying rules and regulations regarding dispersed camping for each forest, section, or district, so knowing exactly where you are is important. We find that a little internet research time often yields both the specific rules for...

100 Years of Girl Scouts Adventuring!

In Savannah, GA, in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of the USA. One hundred years later, that organization is alive and well. While on March 12, 1912, Low assembled 18 girls for the first meeting, this past week in Savannah, GA, we saw over 1,600 girls and adult leaders come together for a Centennial Camporee! At this event, they celebrated the incredible history of the organization, worked on awesome activities, and got to spend some quality time outdoors canoeing, SCUBA diving, shooting shotguns, and visiting the beautiful Georgia Coast. Hailing from over 30 states, these...

Outdoor Nation: Los Angeles Summit

Over the weekend we spent some time at the convergence spot for the latest Outdoor Nation event, Los Angeles State Historic Park . With a beautiful view of the skyline and grass under their seat the summit members settled in after a day of discussions for a true audience treat. Our partner The North Face's athlete Lisa Rands and ambassador Ryan Hudson spoke with the group about finding direction and inspiration through outdoor recreation. Our time with the group was quick, but we hope that they convey back to their peers and families that getting outside is the tops for self enrichment. The...

A Hidden Gem in Johnstown, PA

Johnstown, PA. On the drive in to Johnstown, PA, one would never expect to find 277 acres of wooded bliss completely surrounded by municipalities. Stackhouse Park is the second largest park of its kind, the first being Central Park in New York City. With hiking and biking trails, cross-country skiing in the winter, as well as a quarter mile long sledding hill, locals and tourists alike find recreational opportunities abound at the park. We explored the park with 28 year Park Ranger Jim Pasco, who shared the beauty of the park with us. We set up shop at the popular Luzerne St trailhead and...

Adventures NYC 2012

The Leave No Trace e-tour visited Central Park in New York City this past weekend for Adventures NYC. It was an awesome day, sponsored by partners of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics including Backpacker Magazine, The North Face, and REI, where we got to talk to a wide range of outdoor users about getting outside, having fun, and taking care of the environment! Saturday in the Park, Quinn & Frank

Education in Motion: Where to find the Traveling Trainers in JULY

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, as well as the Leave No Trace e-tour Team are conducting the following training events across the country in July. For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar. We hope to see you on the road! Want to host the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for an event? REQUEST A VISIT FROM THE TRAVELING TRAINERS! Check out the Team Calendars - sort by Team or by your state! Colorado: Planet Bluegrass Rockygrass Music Festival - Lyons Florida: Boy Scout Troop 5 - Crawfordville Kentucky: Tim Horton Camp Kentahten -...

Day Campin' in Delaware

Summertime means summer camp, and what better type of summer camp than Cub Scout day camp? On Tuesday, the Leave No Trace e-tour Team rolled into Delaware and visited two different day camps from the Del-Mar-Va Council along with Travis McCormick, one of Frank's Scouting friends and an all-star professional Scouter. With a group of excited Scouts, we explored some of the best highlights of Leave No Trace -- Trash Your Trash and the elusive cathole. Our first visit was to the brand new Akridge Scout Reservation in Dover, a beautiful stretch of 85 acres developing into a first class camp. With...

Summer Solstice Splashtacular

This week marks the first day of summer, and summer means beach time. While at Verona Beach State Park in New York last weekend, the Leave No Trace e-tour got to participate in their First Annual Outdoor Extravaganza! Along with local firemen, RV & boat dealers, local environmental groups, and the New York State Parks; we brought the message of Leave No Trace to the many visitors and beach-goers on this packed weekend. Verona Beach State Park is a local, frontcountry favorite for people coming for the weekend or day from the Syracuse, Binghamton, and Utica areas. The park combines camping...

Welcome to the Maine Events

A week in review... We have the pleasure of spending the next three weeks criss-crossing the great state of Maine as we explore, bike, hike, and most importantly work with numerous groups that are interested in learning about Leave No Trace. Last week, we began our tour at the Round Top Farm in Damariscotta, ME, where we met up with The Maine Steering Committee. The committee is comprised of dynamic Leave No Trace Master Educators and Advocates, including Charlie Jacobi, Acadia National Park; Marcia and Gabe Williamson, former Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, current Leave No Trace...

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