Leave No Trace in Every Park

Please Festival Responsibly

The places we gather to celebrate art, life, and music are special places that receive a great deal of impac t from our festivities. Teams of volunteers and staff work hard to clean up the grounds every morning after the late night shows. So whether you prefer bluegrass or electronic, it’s generally agreed upon that festivals are excellent for dance, making friends, and enjoying the outdoors. They are also an excellent opportunity to practice Leave No Trace. Here are some impact hacks to help you be a star on the dance floor through Sunday night. Planning ahead and preparing is the most...

Trail Love

Bend, OR: We had a blast hitting the river, dancing, climbing, and mountain biking at the 2016 Subaru of Bend Outside Games. With so much to do in the mountains and on the river here, folks are awesome about sharing the trails and sharing the love. Check out how Bend celebrates Leave No Trace Principle #7: Be Considerate of Other Visitors. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. L eave 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 partners of this program...

Get Involved in a Leave No Trace Service Project

Lake Tahoe, CA: Service projects are a great way to get involved in your community, support Leave No Trace, and enjoy your world. Whether you volunteer at a trash clean up to raise awareness about Disposing of Waste Properly, or take part in a trail build that makes it easier to Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, your efforts make a big difference in protecting our public lands for everyone! Check out our calendar to see if we have a project coming up near you. Look Good. Have Fun. Leave No Trace. Emy and Alex Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No...

Acadia National Park a Leave No Trace Hot Spot

Bar Harbor, ME: Acadia National Park was nominated for a 2016 Hot Spot, these are public areas that are in danger of being loved to death by recreation. As more and more people are going to visit Acadia National Park it is imperative that we, as visitors, are educated and understand how we can protect the park during our visit. Check out some of the great people we worked with during the Acadia National Park Hot Spot, in our Trainer Course blog . Adventure on, and Leave No Trace! Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy...

Park Stewardship for the Next 100 Years

Bar Harbor, ME: Acadia National Park is celebrating its centennial this year, and is expected to host more than 2.8 million people. Thankfully, the park has amazing stewards to educate their visitors about responsible outdoor recreation. This last week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers provided a two-day Trainer Course for the Ridge Runners of Acadia National Park. Ridge Runners are people who educate visitors and help to preserve the natural landscape including fragile ecosystems throughout the park. This close connection with visitors means that Ridge Runners are at the forefront...

How to use the Leave No Trace Seven Princples when visiting Parks!

Harpers Ferry, WV: How to use the Leave No Trace Seven Principles when visiting parks! 2016 is the centennial of the National Park System and Leave No Trace wants to help you get outside and enjoy your world! In the summer months millions of people get outside and visit parks. America has a great system of parks at every level from the 59 National Parks to State Parks and even your local community park. You may be aware of the many incidents that have already plagued some parks, like Yellowstone National Park this summer. These incidents for the most part can be prevented by simply being...

How to Leave No Trace in Bear Country

Slim Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN: Do you like to enjoy the outdoors in an area where there is a potential for bears? Leave No Trace has a variety of techniques to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity safely while in bear country. The sixth principle for Leave No Trace is to respect the wildlife and in bear country this means using an appropriate technique to keep you safe and the bear safe. In this video Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers demonstrate the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) style of bear hang. Happy Trails, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace...

Looking Back on the Lake Tahoe Hot Spot

Bend, OR: It's been a week since Team West wrapped up the Lake Tahoe Hot Spot, but the energy and momentum from the event is still buzzing! Take a look at some of the highlights from an inspiring week of Leave No Trace, teaching, service, and outreach. Highlights from the week included: * 11 new Leave No Trace certified trainers * 1,167 cigarette butts picked up during a bike path clean up * 5 black bears spotted * 1,500 attendees at the Native Species Festival Thanks for an amazing week Lake Tahoe, we hope to see you...

Repackaging Food to Reduce Waste

South Strafford, VT: Are you getting ready for a trip into the backcountry this summer? Try repackaging food for a simple way to save time in the kitchen and to reduce the amount of trash you will need to carry out. This easy to implement Tech Tip, makes a huge difference in the efficiency of a backcountry kitchen when it comes time to cook. There are many benefits to repackaging food including: Reduced pack weight Reduced total trash to carry out Reduces the chance of dropping granola bar wrappers/bags Portioned meals, making cooking easier! Organized meal selection Faster meal prep If you...

Do You Leave No Trace in the City?

New York, NY: The City is a great place to get outside and have fun. Parks and green spaces offer people a chance to get away from it all, while conveniently located in the heart of the city life. Leave No Trace is for the city too. So, how do you Leave No Trace while living the city life? Do you explore in the park, ride bikes, hike around, stop to smell the flowers, do yoga, lay in the grass, or enjoy an ice cream? Leave No Trace is for all of us, even in the city. Keep these great tips in mind while venturing about your metropolitan area. Know Before You Go: Pack food, water, and a map to...

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