Leave No Trace for Every Kid

Kings Mountain National Military Park

Kings Mountain, SC: The beautiful and secluded National Military Park offers visitors a chance to step back in time while enjoying a peaceful out-of-doors experience. Kings Mountain was the location of a critical battle between Patriot and British forces in 1780, which prevented British forces from advancing northward. Many agree that the battle fought here was the turning point of the Revolutionary War. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers spent three days with visitors and rangers in the effort to protect the trails and monuments of Kings Mountain National Military Park , a beloved...

4 Reasons Why Parks Are Important

Oxford, MS— Hungry...Stop for a picnic lunch in a municipal park. Have an urge to fly a kite or toss around the ol’ pigskin? There is a field in the nearby urban oasis with your name on it. Have you been cooped up in the office all day and need to stretch your legs? Pop on some roller-blades and hit the paths at your local green space for some easy-to-access and much needed time outdoors. As outdoor enthusiasts we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer East Central Team, take every opportunity to visit local parks and green spaces while on the road. City and neighborhood parks provide a...

Trash Timeline Activity

San Antonio, TX: As we travel through Texas this Fall we have noticed the Don’t Mess With Texas signs all over the highway and in parks. Don’t Mess with Texas is a well known saying, but most people outside of Texas don’t realize that it is actually a anti-littering campaign featured throughout the state. Teaching Texas youth the importance of their home state’s famous saying is simplified using the trash timeline. The trash timeline teaches people of all ages how long litter lasts for if it is left on the ground out in park. The research behind this activity comes from a USDA Forest Service...

Teaching Kids Respect Wildlife

Laredo, TX: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we teach Leave No Trace to thousands of kids all throughout the country at schools and in camps. Teaching kids the importance of staying a safe distance from wildlife and why we shouldn’t let animals eat our food is always well received by students. We have a couple of effective methods on how to teach kids the Respect Wildlife principle. Impacts Vs. Wildlife Set-up: You will need a field or a gymnasium to facilitate this activity. The only materials you will need will be two long ropes (50 feet) to...

A Hot Spot To Protect McAfee Knob

Catawba, VA: A crisp breeze slices through the air, and puddles fill spaces in the uneven ground as the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers wrap-up a week of 20 Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops, each a part of the McAfee Knob Hot Spot week. The four mile-long section of Appalachian Trail is the gateway for McAfee Knob and its iconic diving board rock. This precipice of rock overlooking the Roanoke Valley is host to thousands of visitors each hiking season. A favorite trail among many people living in the surrounding towns and cities, the knob is in danger of being loved to death. The...

We are on the Road to Somewhere

East Lansing, MI: Have you ever heard the adage, “You can’t know what you don’t know”? It is a truism covering experiences far and wide, but no matter the subject, one hard to swallow pattern within this adage seems to always hold strong: We can not see where we are headed until we arrive . For us at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, we challenge this stubborn reality and ask you to join us in the efforts. Last week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference, commemorating 100 years of brotherhood and...

Push it to the Limit

Northfield, MA: This week, we (the Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team) spent time with the extreme athletes competing at the Northfield, Massachusetts Ragnar Trail Relay. Each team completed 118.4 miles of trail, 2,700 feet of elevation within 24 hours. Companies like Smartwool, Goal Zero, and Solomon supported the racers with trial gear, swag, and encouragement. At our booth, we talked to the runners, and their support teams, about several Leave No Trace principles they could implement during their 24 relay. Some of the tips included: Sticking to the middle of the...

Cheers to a Three Day Weekend!

Moab, Utah: For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. What began as a workingman's holiday is now synonymous with summer's last hurrah. Labor Day is one of the rare occasions when it's socially acceptable to look forward to a Monday and start celebrating on the Friday before. Temperatures are dipping, school is starting, and you’ve...

Bayou Teche Trash Bash and Boogie

The Teche Ecology, Cultural and History Education Project (TECHE) is a non-profit organization passionate about making Bayou Teche a healthier waterway for fishing, boating and swimming. Bayou Teche is one of the most historically and culturally significant bayous in Acadiana, Louisiana and the TECHE Project is an advocate for improved water quality and preservation.

Whats Going On In Your Area: Mountain Region

The Leave No Trace Backyard Sessions program educates people about taking care of the outdoors in their communities. Through Leave No Trace training and volunteer engagement, the Center delivers the Backyard Sessions program through outdoor service projects for the general public. The Center conducted over 80 Backyard Sessions across the country this year. Check out the Backyard Sessions in the Mountain Region this year. - Colorado State Advocate, Kristin Libberton, introduced the Seven Principles to 37 individuals as they relate to youth with PEAK modules “How Long Does it Last” and “Trek...

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