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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...

Clean Your Bottom!

Springfield, MO--Springtime invites you to take advantage of the sunshine and dancing waterways; but after a day of paddling, don't forget to clean your bottom! Your boat's bottom, that is. Giving your boat a good scrub before heading back home can help eliminate the spread of invasive species, invasive species that may be trying to hitchhike their way into new ecosystems. Do your best to remove all small seeds and micro-organisms; if accidentally transferred, these hitchhikers may be introduced to a new area/region creating an imbalance. 42% of endangered species are actually put out by...

Rocky Mountain Arsenal Service Learning

Boulder, Co: Earlier this month the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, East Central Team, held a workshop at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and participated in a service project for the preserve. Along with Leave No Trace, there were representatives present from Colorado Young Leaders and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado( VOC ). The group tackles the Helium Stick--a demonstration on what happens when we don't work together to lower our impacts This workshop consisted of 3 hours of activities and discussion centered on what it means to develop a wild-land ethic...

Buff=Hat

Macon, GA--Learn how to turn your favorite buff into your favorite hat! It is a great way to stay warm and save on weight. See you on the trail! Leave No Trace’s Katelyn and Blake 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 include Subaru of America, Deuter, Eagle's Nest Outfitters, Smartwool, and REI.

Free your feet!

Red Rocks, NV--Are you prone to sore, blistery feet and looking for tips to make your hike more enjoyable? Learn a simple trick that will reduce your foot pain, allowing you to truly "hike your own hike". Remember to take breaks off the trail and on durable surfaces such as rock faces or designated rest areas. Free your feet and we will see you on the trail! Leave No Trace’s Katelyn and Blake 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 include Subaru of America,...

The 2016 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership

California, PA: This past weekend, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Steph and Andy, hit the road to attend the 2016 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership. The Wilderness Education Association (WEA) emphasizes the importance of education through the use and exploration of our public wild lands. The conference, an annual gathering of outdoor educators and leaders, is a place to share and learn the latest in educational techniques, practices, and research found in the outdoor and experiential education industry. Leave No Trace was in attendance this year as a resource for...

Top Ten Reasons To Not Practice Leave No Trace

Santa Fe, NM: 10. Wildlife won’t have to forage and hunt for food that is healthy and natural to their diets, so they can now enjoy Cheetos, hot dogs, and marshmallows found in a campsite that didn’t store their food properly. 9. Wildlife like bears and bison will be habituated and easier to take selfies with. 8. All the solid human waste left out on the surface near the trails will make great fertilizer. 7. Future generations will finally know that “Pat loves TJ” or “Pat is the coolest” on every tree or rock that he carves into. 6. It will be exciting and death defying playing chicken on...

A Little Recreation, A Lot of Preservation

Keene Valley, NY: The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers do their best to balance work with play. Fortunately, life on the road offers opportunities for all sorts of adventures. Sometimes these adventures require gear we can't always keep in the car, so we find a local source to rent the gear we need. Moments like these are why we love supporting local gear stores, as well as taking advantage of the local activities; in this case, ice climbing! Having the access to thousands of public areas across the country is a special privilege. These areas are unique in their own ways, with each...

Why We Should All Pack Out Our Dog's Poo

High Falls, NY: Have you ever wondered why it is alright for bears and other wildlife to poo in the woods but not acceptable for our dogs? A bears diet consists mainly of natural plants and berries, while our pet's waste is considered unnatural. Dog food is derived from processed foods which we wouldn't typically find in nature. According to the CDC, or Center for Disease Control one days worth of dog waste can contain several billion fecal bacteria along with Giardia, hookworm, and tapeworms. If our pet waste reaches waterways, it can be harmful to other animals, wildlife, and even humans...

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