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Leave No Trace Seven Principles Rap

Boulder, CO: The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics protects the outdoors by teaching people to enjoy it responsibly. It is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. One way we reach the public is through the creative freedom of our Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program consists of four teams of two educators that travel across the country in Subarus teaching people how to...

Respect Wildlife: Build A Bat House

Monroe, LA: Did you know that the last week of October is Bat Week? We were in the Daniel Boone National Forest where the Red River Gorge is located this year and they were celebrating by building bat houses. The sixth Leave No Trace principle is to Respect Wildlife . When we talk about respecting wildlife we encourage: Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. Control...

Don't Bust the Crust - How You Can Protect The Desert Ground

Moab, UT: Biological soil crust, also known as cryptobiotic soil, is the foundation of desert plant life. This black, knobby crust is made up of many different living organisms and plays a vital role in maintaining the desert eco-system. However, this sensitive soil is extremely fragile and can take decades to grow. Even a footstep can damage the crust for decades, having lasting impacts on the desert environment. So next time you're out exploring the Southwest, please stick to trails, especially if you on a bike or OHV. If traveling overland while hiking or canyoneering, use a route that...

What is a Leave No Trace Master Educator?

Davenport, IA: Leave No Trace partners with groups to foster a responsible outdoor ethic. Our partners keep Leave No Trace thriving around the world. There are various levels of partnerships that support Leave No Trace. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is one such partner. The ATC is a nonprofit who's mission is "to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come." LEAVE NO TRACE VISITS APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY MASTER EDUCATOR COURSE...

Leave No Trace at the Beach

Cannon Beach, OR - The sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, a breeze ruffles the shore grasses, and buffs the golden sand. Kids fly kites in the evening light while horseback riders splash through the waves. One by one, oysters pop open on the coals and we eat the salty meat with butter and hot sauce. Earlier, we explored the tidal pools around Haystack Rock, captivated by the rainbow of anemones and sea stars. Whether you are venturing to the coast of the Pacific Northwest or Florida, we've got some great tips to help you have fun and Leave No Trace at the beach. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No...

Namuli Film and Leave No Trace

Salt Lake City, UT: Conservation and outdoor adventure can be balanced to provide both an appreciation of our world and support local efforts up to nation wide efforts. A big thanks to all of the people, companies, and organizations that helped support a fundraiser for Ukalene Productions and Leave No Trace at the Outdoor Retailer Show this week. A very special thanks to the organizers and athletes from the community-backed film Namuli , which documented the spirit of exploration, biology, and conservation on one of the world least-explored and threatened habitats: Mount Namuli in Mozambique...

Hi-Cone: Taking it to the trails to see what you think

Little Rock, AR-- Hi-Cone , leading manufacturer of 6-pack ring holders, has been driving the market with environmentally sustainable practices since 1975. As a partner with Leave No Trace and supporter of our Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program, we wanted to highlight Hi-Cone 's efforts in hope to spring other companies into action and the realization of what they, too, could be doing to lessen our impact on the environment. Leaving your mark is overrated. Katelyn and Blake Leave No Trace’s Katelyn Stutterheim and Blake Jackson are part of the 2015 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling...

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...

Let's Go Camping

Estacada, OR. Have you ever wanted to go camping, but never had the opportunity or not sure if you want to invest money into a tent, sleeping gear, and other equipment? Well, Oregon Parks and Recreation has the solution for you! Families from across the state of Oregon are partaking in a wonderful event called Let's Go Camping. Sponsored by REI, The North Face Explore Your Parks, and Oregon State Parks, Let's Go Camping provides a safe environment for families to come and learn what it takes to spend an evening under the stars. We joined 10 families at Milo McIver State Park, about 45 minutes...