Leave No Trace for Every Kid

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...

Easy How To Leave What You Find

Boone, NC: It can be hard to Leave What You Find sometimes. When we enjoy the outdoors sometimes we find cool stuff. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recommends that it is best for nature and for future generations if we leave the cool things that we find where we found them. One thing that is easy to leave what you find is invasive species. Invasive species are plants, animals, or pathogens that are non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause harm. There are many of these around the country and for more...

Beat the Boredom, Three Tent-Time Activities for Bad Weather

Madison, WI: You’re getting prepped for your next camping trip. Everything looks great, gear lined up; permits in order, you even have your food shopping done. Then, everything changes. A huge swath of green and blue takes over your weather radar screen and its time to adjust tactics. Are you still going to go? Are you going to have to plan for a little more tent-time than you were originally hoping for? Life living on the road means camping out in all types of weather. Even on those relentlessly rainy days we do our best to get outside and explore while staying (mostly) dry in our rain gear...

How to Leave No Trace in the San Juan Islands

Lopez Island, WA: San Juan County is the first Leave No Trace county in the nation. This designation came about because of a dedicated and passionate group of locals, who wanted to protect and steward these special islands they call home. Today, different agencies, organizations, citizens, businesses, and local leaders have committed to integrating Leave No Trace into every aspect of the islands. Their hope is to educate and inspire the one million annual visitors to Leave No Trace during their next visit. Here are a few steps you can take to help Leave No Trace next time you are on the San...

Bigfoot Sighting at Delano Park!

Decatur, AL: This week from Monday, September 19, 2016 to Monday, September 26, 2016 Leave No Trace is hosting a Hot Spot at Delano Park in Decatur, Alabama. There have been several events already ranging from Fitness Night in Delano Park ( where Bigfoot was seen doing yoga ) to a Leave No Trace Awareness workshop with the Decatur Parks and Recreation Department ( where Bigfoot was seen giving words of wisdom ). Hot Spot Week at Delano Park This week Leave No Trace has partnered with the Delano Park Conservancy to educate the community about outdoor ethics. Delano Park...

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...

Join the Movement!

Mt. Vernon, WA: More and more people are getting outside, which is awesome! Connecting with nature is often the first step in cultivating a lifelong sense of stewardship. It also means that Leave No Trace education is more important than ever. Help share our message by practicing the Seven Principles and encouraging others to Leave No Trace while you're out adventuring! Join the movement now by learning more about Leave No Trace, becoming a member , or passing on your knowledge to someone new. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the...

How to Make Your Next Historical Adventure Epic

Vernal, UT: We turn a corner of box elder trees, scanning the cliff walls for signs of pictographs. Finally, Emy spots a ruddy streak on a tan rock panel. We follow the trail closer and see red depictions of four warriors staring back at us from across a chasm of history, painted by the Fremont People nearly 600 years ago. Questions pour into my mind as I try to imagine what it was like that day they painted these figures. I picture them fishing in the clear, spring fed creek, laughing and telling stories about life in the canyon. Scratches and vandalism damages the historical images....

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 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...

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