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The Hammock Life

Charleston, SC: After a busy day, how do you like to unwind? For some, the couch is a beckoning force, a place of solace and an opportunity to elevate ones feet. Life on the road as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers offers adventure at every turn. A bit of relaxation is important to stay balanced though, so at the end of the day we opt out from the couch and trade it in for an ENO Hammock. Put up your feet and take a load off. Enjoy the sounds of nature, a great book, and a cozy place to enjoy a warm meal. Our ENO Hammock is a sacred place for rest and relaxation. Whether it’s strung...

Keeping Wildlife Wild

Cherokee, NC: Great Smoky Mountain National Park is home to some to some of the most impressive landscapes found in the eastern United States. Waterfalls, exposed rock cliffs, and mountains that seemingly go on forever. This area is home to more than 60 mammals including black bears, elk, white-tailed deer, and the elusive bobcat. Visiting any national park is a special experience, an experience worth protecting. It is our job as visitors to understand the ways to protect wildlife while we are in their natural habitats. By doing so, we can preserve the quality of the experience for future...

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...

Minimize Waste to Maximize Space

Minneapolis, MN--Dastardly trash flitters across the parking lot as its potential captor follows in hot pursuit. Every gust of wind helps the debris slink between cars and roll around light posts as it takes aim for a precise exit by way of the storm drain. Once within the dark passages of the drain, the trash will forever be on the run, freely able to wreak havoc on the earth: baiting marine life, contaminating our water, and littering our shorelines. These trash escapees are ever slipping from our overloaded hands, shopping bags, and car doors--they must be better confined, barred within...

Plan Ahead And Prepare: Camping In The Rain

Virginia Beach, VA: It’s Thursday night and your mind is racing. All you can think about is how you just have to get through Friday at the office and you’re free! Free to get out and explore! Where will you go? What will you do? What will you need for your next big adventure? There are so many things to take into consideration when planning ahead and preparing. You decide you are going to high tail it to your favorite scenic wilderness destination along the lake. First things first, check the weather. Oh no! The forecast calls for rain, and a 20% chance of thunderstorms. You think to yourself...

Leave No Trace In Frontcountry Environments

Boulder, CO: Parks offer a wonderful space for friends and families to get together and connect with nature. Frontcountry settings like this have unique social and physical impacts from their visitors. With more and more people getting outside, parks and open spaces see heavy use. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers spent the day in the frontcountry and noticed some avoidable impacts. Here are some tips and tricks to help minimize your impact while on your frontcountry adventure in your local parks or open spaces. Know Before You Go Be sure to bring enough food and...

Top Five Reasons Why You Should Run an Awareness Workshop

Jackson, Wyoming: Wilderness Adventures has trips all over the country and world for pre-teens to college students. With over 80 instructors and 600 participants taking trips down rivers, up mountains, through canyons, and various forests throughout the country, we are proud to have them as an educational partner at Leave No Trace. Last weekend we had the privilege to put on a four-hour awareness workshop for all 80 instructors on how to teach their participants to minimize their impact when they are traveling and camping in the outdoors. Working with WA got us thinking about how important...

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.

Coastal Environments

Charleston, South Carolina: Over the past few weeks we have traveled through the Southeast along the coastlines of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. The wildlife, sandy beaches, and recreational activities have been a treat for two people that are not from a coastal area. Thanks to the Dry Tortugas and Biscayne Bay National Parks and our partner The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission we learned a lot about how to Leave No Trace when you are snorkeling, playing on the beach, or sea kayaking. There is a lot of important information about traveling and camping on durable...

Del-Mar-Va Council Cub Scout Camp

The Leave No Trace e-tour team will be joining the Cub Scouts, staff, and volunteers at Lum's Pond camp for the Del-Mar-Va Council of the Boy Scouts of America for an afternoon of Leave No Trace learning and activities!

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