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How to Leave No Trace in the San Juan Islands

Lopez Island, WA: San Juan County is the first Leave No Trace county in the nation. This designation came about because of a dedicated and passionate group of locals, who wanted to protect and steward these special islands they call home. Today, different agencies, organizations, citizens, businesses, and local leaders have committed to integrating Leave No Trace into every aspect of the islands. Their hope is to educate and inspire the one million annual visitors to Leave No Trace during their next visit. Here are a few steps you can take to help Leave No Trace next time you are on the San...

Bigfoot Sighting at Delano Park!

Decatur, AL: This week from Monday, September 19, 2016 to Monday, September 26, 2016 Leave No Trace is hosting a Hot Spot at Delano Park in Decatur, Alabama. There have been several events already ranging from Fitness Night in Delano Park ( where Bigfoot was seen doing yoga ) to a Leave No Trace Awareness workshop with the Decatur Parks and Recreation Department ( where Bigfoot was seen giving words of wisdom ). Hot Spot Week at Delano Park This week Leave No Trace has partnered with the Delano Park Conservancy to educate the community about outdoor ethics. Delano Park...

Do you know your durable surfaces?

La Crosse, WI: Do you know what a durable surface is, or why durable surfaces are an important factor to enjoying the outdoors? WHAT IS A DURABLE SURFACE? Durability refers to the ability of surfaces or vegetation to withstand wear or remain in a stable conditions. SURFACES: Rock, sand and gravel: These surfaces are highly durable and can tolerate repeated trampling and scuffing. Ice and snow: The effect of travel across these surfaces is temporary, making them good choices for travel assuming good safety precautions are followed and the snow layer is of...

Join the Movement!

Mt. Vernon, WA: More and more people are getting outside, which is awesome! Connecting with nature is often the first step in cultivating a lifelong sense of stewardship. It also means that Leave No Trace education is more important than ever. Help share our message by practicing the Seven Principles and encouraging others to Leave No Trace while you're out adventuring! Join the movement now by learning more about Leave No Trace, becoming a member , or passing on your knowledge to someone new. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the...

Leave No Trace for Pokemon Go

St. Louis, MO: We believe that all time spent outside is a good thing. This summer Pokemon Go was introduced to the world. This game, described by many as digital geocaching for kids, has taken the world by storm and caught many off guard. We believe that Leave No Trace is for everyone, no matter what your chosen activity is outside there is always a way to enjoy it more responsibly. Here are some tips on how to enjoy Pokemon Go and the great outdoors! Travel Well, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg...

Leave No Trace at the Beach

Cannon Beach, OR - The sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, a breeze ruffles the shore grasses, and buffs the golden sand. Kids fly kites in the evening light while horseback riders splash through the waves. One by one, oysters pop open on the coals and we eat the salty meat with butter and hot sauce. Earlier, we explored the tidal pools around Haystack Rock, captivated by the rainbow of anemones and sea stars. Whether you are venturing to the coast of the Pacific Northwest or Florida, we've got some great tips to help you have fun and Leave No Trace at the beach. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No...

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...

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