Hot Spot

Acadia National Park a Leave No Trace Hot Spot

Bar Harbor, ME: Acadia National Park was nominated for a 2016 Hot Spot, these are public areas that are in danger of being loved to death by recreation. As more and more people are going to visit Acadia National Park it is imperative that we, as visitors, are educated and understand how we can protect the park during our visit. Check out some of the great people we worked with during the Acadia National Park Hot Spot, in our Trainer Course blog . Adventure on, and Leave No Trace! Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy...

Park Stewardship for the Next 100 Years

Bar Harbor, ME: Acadia National Park is celebrating its centennial this year, and is expected to host more than 2.8 million people. Thankfully, the park has amazing stewards to educate their visitors about responsible outdoor recreation. This last week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers provided a two-day Trainer Course for the Ridge Runners of Acadia National Park. Ridge Runners are people who educate visitors and help to preserve the natural landscape including fragile ecosystems throughout the park. This close connection with visitors means that Ridge Runners are at the forefront...

Looking Back on the Lake Tahoe Hot Spot

Bend, OR: It's been a week since Team West wrapped up the Lake Tahoe Hot Spot, but the energy and momentum from the event is still buzzing! Take a look at some of the highlights from an inspiring week of Leave No Trace, teaching, service, and outreach. Highlights from the week included: * 11 new Leave No Trace certified trainers * 1,167 cigarette butts picked up during a bike path clean up * 5 black bears spotted * 1,500 attendees at the Native Species Festival Thanks for an amazing week Lake Tahoe, we hope to see you...

Meet the Newest Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers!

Boulder, CO: May marks the start to another epic Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer tour! Three new teams are hitting the road to educate millions of people about Leave No Trace practices. At the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, everyone is buzzing with activity, finalizing the logistics for a year of education and life on the road. The Subaru’s are packed to the brim and ready to hit the road. We are stoked to introduce the newest Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. Without further ado, please help us welcome the three new teams! Team East Central: Amanda &...

2016: Breaks Interstate Hot Spot

Breaks Interstate Park, Kentucky & Virginia--Breaks Interstate Park, also known as the Grand Canyon of the east, has it all: wooded mountains, whitewater streams, rock climbing, hiking trails ranging from beginner to expert, horseback riding...and people have noticed. This 4,600 acre park has begun a recreation mecca for both the local community and adventure seekers traveling across the states. The large area is host to many outdoor races, swift water rescue courses, paddling festivals, family reunions, and more--plainly stated, it's being loved to death. This week, the Subaru/Leave No...

Protecting Patapsco Valley State Park

Ellicott City, MD: Patapsco Valley State Park was the site of a 2016 Hot Spot week. This gorgeous state park is a patchwork of public lands spreading along the valley of the Patapsco River. During the past week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers were on site to provide educational trainings and to participate in volunteer service projects. For two of the seven days, Steph and Andy put on their working gloves to help volunteers and the Maryland Conservation Corps to establish a designated parking lot in the Daniels region of the park. Before the project, this highly used area was...

Minimal Impact Fishing

Las Vegas, NV: When fishing take care not to introduce non-native species to water sources and surrounding areas. Pack out all un-used bait and dispose of properly. Thoroughly wash all equipment between fishing trips. Helping keep our wild spaces wild, Jenna and Sam - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team West Leave No Trace’s Jenna Hanger and Sam Ovett 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 program include Subaru of America, Deuter, Eagle's Nest Outfitters,...

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...

Kern River Hot Spot

Kernville, CA: The Kern River Valley is being loved to death by visitors. With over 500,000 people coming to the valley each year, it’s become imperative to reach visitors with Leave No Trace education. With this thought in mind, Gary Ananian, founder of the Kern River Conservancy, nominated the Kern River to be apart of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics 2016 Hot Spot program. After being selected we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team West, spent 9 days in the valley working with schools, local businesses and land managers to increase the collective Leave No Trace...

21CSC CALL FOR CORPS: Apply to be official Leave No Trace 2016 Stewardship Corps

Boulder, CO: Opportunity to be an official Leave No Trace Stewardship Corps! The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (the Center) joined the Partnership for the 21CSC last year to support the goals of the 21CSC and to work more closely with the nation’s conservation corps to support the use of Leave No Trace ethics across the next generation of outdoor stewards. The Center is currently requesting self-nominations from 21CSC member corps interested in becoming official service partners as part of the Leave No Trace national Hot Spot program, as described in this Request for Proposal (RFP...

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