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Happy New Year

Boulder, CO: It is the beginning of a new year and another chance to make resolutions. The typical new years resolutions are to lose weight, quit a bad habit, or spend more time with your family and friends. We suggest to not only stick with the typical resolutions, but we also want to encourage everybody to add in a Leave No Trace resolution. Here are some examples of how you can resolve to limit your impact on the environment and on other visitors. Here are just a few examples for 2015: · Walk through mud puddles in the middle of the trail, rather then walking on the sides...

How to Practice and Promote Leave No Trace at your School

Jacksonville, Florida: Happy Acres Ranch is a school, summer camp, and afterschool program that is dedicated to including Leave No Trace and outdoor education/recreation in their students’ education. Happy Acres provides kids with a chance to experience their outdoor environment through programs, play, and they also advocate environmental ethics. Programs like Happy Acres have infrastructures to allow for this type of education but, for those that don’t, Leave No Trace has materials, programs, and ideas on how outdoor ethics education can be implemented for their students. Below are...

Choose Your Hot Spot

Now is your opportunity to nominate an outdoor area for a week-long visit from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in 2016. Everyday, people seek the outdoors for adventure, kinship, exercise, solitude, and all forms of enjoyment. Yet the places we have explored and adored for years are impacted by recreational use, some more severely than others. We call these areas Hot Spots –sites that are damaged but that can recover and become healthy again after specific Leave No Trace applications. By identifying and working with Hot...

My parents taught me that way

Red River Gorge, Kentucky: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we facilitate an activity about why people are encouraged to Leave No Trace or not. The activity is called why I do what I do, and includes nine reasons and ideas for what motivates people to do what they do. One reason that is commonly chosen as a major contributing factor among groups is, my parents taught me that way. This past week camping and climbing in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky with our parents/in-laws we discussed how Leave No Trace fundamentals such as bear considerations, disposing of waste properly, and...

Teaching Kids Leave No Trace

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers work with kids all over the country. Watch this video to see what working with kids is all about! Remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace! Pat and TJ Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2014 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool and Yakima.

Let's Go Camping

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department offers a summer series of camping trips for people of all ages. If people don’t have a tent, sleeping bag, stove, or any of the other basics, that is not a problem. The Let’s Go Camping program provides everything for people who are interested in learning how to go camping as well as instructions on basic camping skills. Through the generous funding from The North Faces Explore Your Parks Program the Let’s Go Camping program is possible. The LGCP is a weekend long event that families can sign up for around 30 dollars. Our past two weekends were spent...

Education in Motion: Where to find the Traveling Trainers in June & July

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, our national mobile education program, are conducting the following training events across the country in June and July. We hope to see you at an event! Check out the Team Calendars - sort by team or by your state for the most up to date event listings. For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar . We hope to see you on the road! California: High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy Colorado: Ragnar Trail Relay – Snowmass Snowmass Mammoth Fest – Snowmass Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Telluride Maroon Lake Trailhead Outreach...

Making the Connection

Chattanooga, Tennessee: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, we are lucky to teach people of all personalities, in a variety of different places all over the country - students with different levels of engagement in the outdoors. The beauty of Leave No Trace is that it is relevant and applicable to anyone at any level; whether you are mountaineering or simply walking your dog at the local park - you don’t need to be an outdoor expert to see the benefits of practicing Leave No Trace outside! However, we often teach youth in urban areas that have very little interaction with wild and...

Connecting kids to the outdoors

Today we taught Leave No Trace to students from James Workman Middle School in Cathedral City, California. We attended a field trip with them to Mount San Jacinto State Park outside of Palm Springs, California. We took a tram that lifted us from 2,000 feet elevation up to 8,000 feet elevation on top of the mountains surrounding the city. The intention of today’s field trip was to teach Leave No Trace and get the kids outside. As soon as we left the tram station we arrived to find that above the city was a cool, tree covered, and a beautiful mountain oasis. It was a nice change from the arid...

REI and PEAK

During the past two weeks we put on three PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) workshops for REIs in Southern Arizona. Teachers, Scout leaders, and outdoor educators from around the Phoenix and Tucson area came to learn how to incorporate Leave No Trace into the programs they run for kids and teens. Leave No Trace has an important partnership with REI. Not only is REI a proud partner for the Subaru / Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program, but they also support the PEAK Program. The PEAK pack is an assortment of 6 activities included in a flexible binder that focuses on teaching...

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