Leave No Trace for Every Kid

#OptOutside this Friday

Overland Park, KS: Each year, half of Americans don’t experience the outdoors at all. No fishing or hiking. No climbing or biking. No paddling around the lake and no picnics at the park. Yikes! That alarming stat comes from our friends (and partners) at REI, who are hoping to change our increasingly indoor culture with their #OptOutside initiative , which returns November 23. Somehow, the day after Thanksgiving became a consumer free-for-all, where Americans flock to the stores instead of the outdoors. But REI will again shut its doors on Black Friday, encouraging its...

Wilderness words: Pothole

Escalante, UT: A pothole is like a miniature oasis. Confused? We're not talking about the pits you find in a parking lot, but the pools you find in the desert. Watch the video above to learn more about this second type of pothole. Leave No Trace's Joe Besl and Joe Creaghead are part of the 2018 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, REI,...

Grass Valley Elementary School - Winnemuca, NV

In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be leading fun and interactive Leave No Trace programs for youth of various grade levels at Grass Valley Elementary School in Winnemucca, Nevada.

 

Cowabunga! Fall Leaves and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Charlottesville, Virginia: Why should leaves on the trees get all the glory? Fallen leaves are good for more than jumpfests – they’re actually ecological powerhouses. As far as the TMNT connection, well, as Master Splinter would say, you must trust us and be patient (and read this blog). 1. In a beautiful example of the circle of life, dead leaves decompose and add nutrients to the soil, such as nitrogen, calcium, and potassium. Trees soak up these nutrients and minerals from the ground; many of which end up (cue the Lion King soundtrack) back...

Youth Program Accrediation, Raising the Bar for Leave No Trace Education

Boulder, CO: On a warm fall day up Boulder Canyon, a group of youth development professionals were awarded for their commitment to Leave No Trace education. In May of this year, Avid4 Adventure , a long standing partner of the Center, became the first youth program in the nation to be awarded the designation of Leave No Trace Accredited Youth Program. Their journey to become accredited began in April of 2017, when the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics launched the Youth Program Accreditation – a process for youth-serving organizations to stimulate accountability,...

200 feet, around the world

Moab, UT: When you need to set your tent, wash dishes, or use the bathroom, walk 200 feet from trails and water sources first. 200 feet? That's really far! To demonstrate, here are a few familiar landmarks that don't quite measure up. Leave No Trace's Joe Besl and Joe Creaghead are part of the 2018 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, REI, Eagles...

Take the 3 Skills in 3(ish) Minutes Challenge!

Bryson City, NC : Want to take your camping game up a notch or three? Take our 3 Skills in 3 Minutes Challenge! Below are three of our favorite skills videos from the past couple of years that will help you enjoy your next adventure more while leaving less of a trace! Skill #1: Hammock Camping Skill #2: Build a Better Fire Skill #3: How to Poop in the Woods There, wasn't that easy? Now share your new skills with a friend on your next trip! Enjoy Your World, and Leave No Trace Jessie and Matt Leave No Trace's Jessie...

Incline Elementary School - Incline Village, NV

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be leading interactive games and activities for 2nd through 5th graders at Incline Elementary School, educating students about Leave No Trace practices and stewardship of their local environment and beyond. 

 

Leave No Trace for Every Kid — in a Park!

Boulder, CO: Becoming a 4th grader has never been more exciting than since the start of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, at least we here at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics think so! In an effort to increase access and stewardship of public lands for and by all Americans, the Every Kid in a Park program was created. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to obtain a pass for free entry for them and their guests to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year. If you have a 4th grader in your life, here are...

Cache In, Trash Out

Seattle, WA: Calling all geocachers! It’s time to Cache In, Trash Out (CITO). Twice a year, Geocaching highlights worldwide CITO cleanup events, where geocachers can give back to the trails and protected lands they love to explore. You can join this effort on Sept. 15-23, 2018, when geocachers and community groups work together to improve parks and other outdoor environments. Find a few geocaches in your neck of the woods, then head out into the literal woods for a day cleaning up litter, removing invasive species, building trails, and more. If you’re new to this, geocaching...

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