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The Joy of Teaching Kids Leave No Trace

Incline Village, Nevada: Incline Village Elementary School is a partner of Leave No Trace and their support is shown through their commitment to providing Leave No Trace education to all of their 500 students. Preschoolers up to fifth grade students took part in learning about how they can minimize their impact every area from their local parks, ski resorts, Lake Tahoe, to the wilderness surrounding their community. The kids at Incline are definitely fortunate to live in the beautiful area that they do and their teachers and principal recognize that and want to not only foster a love of the...

Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers-2014

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Program started in 1999 and has been inspiring millions of people to Leave No Trace ever since. Thanks to the Partners that support this program and help us travel the country. · Subaru of America · Coleman · Hi-Cone · REI · Smartwool The numbers are finally out about the impact the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers had throughout the country in 2014. · Between four teams, 649 events were held in 43 states coast to coast. · The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers reached 15 million people through their outreach efforts. · 104,000 people...

Staying a safe distance from wildlife at Zion National Park

Zion National Park, Utah: At Zion National Park 25 feet is the minimum distance recommended for how close people should be to wildlife. Posters on kiosks, signs, along the trail, and park ranger reiterate this recommendation to give wildlife its’ space. Zion teems with wildlife in its beautiful remote, lush, and spectacular valley. The 25-foot minimum recommendation is to ensure that no person is bit or harmed by wildlife. A hike down towards the Narrows exit is a reminder of how attracted wildlife is to humans in search of food. A do not feed wildlife sign at the entrance to the Narrows...

Teaching in the Center's backyard

Boulder, CO: As the 2015 season starts up for the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program we are busy at the Center. In order to get ready for the year we are packing our cars, gathering educational supplies, tweaking lessons/powerpoints, and planning our schedule. Fortunately, this week we were able to get away from all the packing and planning and spend some time teaching and working in the community. This past week we worked with both the Lyons Elementary School after school programs and the Colorado Mountain Club. You couldn’t ask for a more fun group of kids to work with than at...

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...

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