Leave No Trace in Every Park

Martin Park Nature Center Hot Spot

Oklahoma City, OK: Have you ever been to Oklahoma City? Oklahoma City is home to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Paseo Art District, grain silos repurposed into climbing gyms, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and the Martin Park Nature Center. According to their website the "Martin Park Nature Center is a hub for nature exploration and education for visitors of all ages. Guided hikes, education programs and an interactive learning center provide visitors a place to learn about nature and wildlife in a serene, suburban environment.” Leave No Trace has been in Oklahoma City for the...

Hot Spot: A Plan to Protect the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves

Fort Pierce, FL: The Indian River Lagoon region has over 7 million visitors every year. The blue waters, and sunny skies make it easy to see why one would love to paddle and visit these waterways. However, with each person visiting this unique ecosystem, impacts are becoming more and more prominent. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers visited the preserves during the first 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot. After spending some time exploring the area with the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves land managers and volunteers with the Friends of the Spoil Islands ; we became witness to...

Yielding 101

Oklahoma City, OK: Do you know the yield triangle? In this video you can find out more about the seventh Leave No Trace Principle, Be Considerate of Others . We all enjoy the outdoors and even though we may do different activities to enjoy the outdoors we can still work together and share our outdoor spaces so that we can all have a great time. Please be considerate of others when you hit the trails. The yield triangle is an easy and effective technique to enjoy the trails with everyone. The first rule of the yield triangle is that all stock and horse users have the right of way at all times...

Leave No Trace Skills: Using a Fire Pan

Brevard, NC: The winter winds are still afloat, even with a warm summer’s breeze meandering aloft in the Pisgah high country. The mountains are beautiful here; rivers with tumbling waterfalls, cascading over rock ledges. Pines and rhododendrons are filling in the underbrush. The granite dome of Looking Glass towers above the valley floor. As we camp along a ridgeline we ask ourselves, “should we even have a campfire here”? Campfires while on an overnight trip are so important, to so many people. When rules and regulations allow it and the fire danger is low, having a campfire is a great way...

Skills Series: Invasive Species & Cleaning Gear

Austin, TX: The fourth principle of Leave No Trace is to Leave What You Find . In this addition of the Leave No Trace Skills Series we talk about how to stop the spread of invasive species through the cleaning of outdoor gear. What is an invasive species you ask? An invasive species is non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration whose introduction causes or is likely to cause environmental harm. Invasive species can be plants, animals, and other organisms (e.g., microbes). Human actions are the primary means of invasive species introductions. On Invasivespeciesinfo.gov you can...

Leave No Trace and Hueco Rock Rodeo

Hueco, TX: Last week Leave No Trace participated in the 24th annual Hueco Rock Rodeo . This annual climbing competition features bouldering. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is done without the use of traditional climbing gear, that is ropes or harnesses. Climbers use climbing shoes to help secure footholds, chalk to keep their hands dry, and bouldering crash pads to prevent injuries from falls. Hueco Tanks State Park is in a high altitude desert near El Paso, Texas. Hueco is spanish for "hollows". The huecos refer to the many water-holding depressions in the boulders and rock faces...

Go Canoeing, Leave No Trace

Durham, NC: Whenever friends get together outside; you’re bound to have a great time. This last weekend we visited some great friends while going on an adventure to visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Check out this week’s video to see how we left no trace while canoe camping near a gorgeous wildlife refuge. The first step to any successful trip is to plan it out. Taking each of the seven principles into account, we were prepared for the entirety of our trip. Check out the outline below to see how Leave No Trace applies to canoe camping. Plan Ahead and Prepare: Check...

Bigfoot Tries Sledding

El Paso, TX: As we all know Bigfoot is the ultimate Leave No Trace champion. This winter Bigfoot wanted to enjoy the snow and tried his hand at sledding. Check out the video below to see Bigfoot in action! Sledding is a great winter activity. When the snow is more than six inches deep it is considered a durable surface . Travel Well, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to...

What Should be Stored Inside of a Bear Canister?

Harrisonburg, VA: It may still be winter but we are starting to plan for our spring backpacking trips. Spring is a wonderful time of the year to get outdoors but also a really important time to respect wildlife. Bears will be waking from their winter hibernation and no doubt, will be looking for food and anything that may smell like it. Bear canisters are an easy to way to protect bears from eating our human food. Feeding bears (even accidentally) leads to habituation, and habituation with food conditioning leads to relocation or even euthanasia; just like the infamous saying goes, “A fed...

Learn Multi-use Trail Responsibility

Boulder, CO: Do you like to get out on the trail? There are many different activities that use trails, such as: dog walking, hiking, trail running, horseback riding, and mountain biking. In this video we talk about the importance of being considerate of other visitors and traveling on durable surfaces . Check it out: Travel Well, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to...

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