Kids

How to Build a Leave No Trace Beach Fort

San Juan Island, WA: Growing up on the coast, we remember building countless beach forts as kids. We loved letting our imaginations run wild as we piled up driftwood into fortresses, castles, and hidden caves. Looking back, these long days spent on the beach, getting down and dirty, helped us develop a deep connection to the natural world and fueled our sense of stewardship later in life. However, it is important to practice Principle # 4: Leave What You Find while building forts. Remember to take your structure down and leave the beach better than you found it. Driftwood provides critical...

How to Leave No Trace on a Canoe Trip

Des Moines, IA: Do you love to get out on the water and enjoy the outdoors? We do! Here is how to incorporate the Leave No Trace Seven Principles while on your next paddling trip. Check out the science behind the Seven Principles to see why we recommend the tips in the video. Travel Well, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith 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...

HIGH FIRE DANGER: Enjoy your evening without a campfire!

Portland, OR: Every summer, wildfires sweep across our nation putting public lands, firefighters, and homes at risk. While some fires start naturally, many are caused by humans. Minimize Fire Impacts by trying out one of these fun, campfire alternatives on your next camping trip. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud...

Leave No Trace for Pokemon Go

St. Louis, MO: We believe that all time spent outside is a good thing. This summer Pokemon Go was introduced to the world. This game, described by many as digital geocaching for kids, has taken the world by storm and caught many off guard. We believe that Leave No Trace is for everyone, no matter what your chosen activity is outside there is always a way to enjoy it more responsibly. Here are some tips on how to enjoy Pokemon Go and the great outdoors! Travel Well, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg...

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...

An Introduction to Leave No Trace

Damascus, VA: What is Leave No Trace? We are the member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics that teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you - the world we all enjoy. Do your part to pass our nation’s heritage of outdoor recreation to future generations by...

Future Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers

Fall Creek State Park, OR: A couple weeks ago we got to take four families camping for their first times with Oregon State Park's Let's Go Camping! program. Despite some rain, we all had a blast exploring the verdant and gorgeous Oregon forest, fishing in the creek, and canoeing on the lake. Here are a few of our future trainers dropping some Leave No Trace knowledge they learned over the weekend. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. L eave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to...

Get Involved in a Leave No Trace Service Project

Lake Tahoe, CA: Service projects are a great way to get involved in your community, support Leave No Trace, and enjoy your world. Whether you volunteer at a trash clean up to raise awareness about Disposing of Waste Properly, or take part in a trail build that makes it easier to Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, your efforts make a big difference in protecting our public lands for everyone! Check out our calendar to see if we have a project coming up near you. Look Good. Have Fun. Leave No Trace. Emy and Alex Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No...

How to use the Leave No Trace Seven Princples when visiting Parks!

Harpers Ferry, WV: How to use the Leave No Trace Seven Principles when visiting parks! 2016 is the centennial of the National Park System and Leave No Trace wants to help you get outside and enjoy your world! In the summer months millions of people get outside and visit parks. America has a great system of parks at every level from the 59 National Parks to State Parks and even your local community park. You may be aware of the many incidents that have already plagued some parks, like Yellowstone National Park this summer. These incidents for the most part can be prevented by simply being...

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...

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