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An Introduction to Leave No Trace

Damascus, VA: What is Leave No Trace? We are the member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics that teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you - the world we all enjoy. Do your part to pass our nation’s heritage of outdoor recreation to future generations by...

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...

Principle 2 - Travel on Durable Surfaces

Chardon, OH: It's summertime and everyone is getting outside. Make sure to enjoy your world on durable surfaces! Principle 2 - Travel on Durable Surfaces Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces - Overview: - Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow. - Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. - Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary. Tips about Durable Surfaces: - Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites. - Walk single file in the middle...

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...

Packing the Subaru: Plan Ahead and Prepare

Minneapolis, MN: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we spend 250+ nights a year camping. To be successful at our jobs we must plan ahead and prepare on a regular basis. We use the Seven Principles in our daily life to make a positive environment footprint everywhere we go. As seen in order shown in video. Follow the links to see where these items are available. Principle 6: Respect Wildlife : Bear Can : Used to make food and other scented items secure from bears and other critters. Principle 2: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces : Scrim...

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...

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...

Protecting Patapsco Valley State Park

Ellicott City, MD: Patapsco Valley State Park was the site of a 2016 Hot Spot week. This gorgeous state park is a patchwork of public lands spreading along the valley of the Patapsco River. During the past week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers were on site to provide educational trainings and to participate in volunteer service projects. For two of the seven days, Steph and Andy put on their working gloves to help volunteers and the Maryland Conservation Corps to establish a designated parking lot in the Daniels region of the park. Before the project, this highly used area was...

The North Face Endurace Challenge

Washington, D.C.: Mud, sweat, and more mud were the main ingredients during this years’ Washington D.C. North Face Endurance Challenge. A blustery and wet week turned into an artic blast this past Saturday for the 50 mile and 50k races. Runners battled their way through 50 miles of rocky, muddy terrain while pushing through frigid 30-degree temperatures. The North Face encourages individuals to never stop exploring and to always Leave No Trace during those epic adventures. Cold and rainy weather turned every bare part of the trail into a mud puddle, turning this race into a truly epic...

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