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4 Reasons Why Parks Are Important

Oxford, MS— Hungry...Stop for a picnic lunch in a municipal park. Have an urge to fly a kite or toss around the ol’ pigskin? There is a field in the nearby urban oasis with your name on it. Have you been cooped up in the office all day and need to stretch your legs? Pop on some roller-blades and hit the paths at your local green space for some easy-to-access and much needed time outdoors. As outdoor enthusiasts we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer East Central Team, take every opportunity to visit local parks and green spaces while on the road. City and neighborhood parks provide a...

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...

Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink

Breaux Bridge, LA—The Trash Bash and Boogie an annual event that takes place along the Bayou Teche that stretches 135 miles through the heart of Cajun country. Bayou Teche has recently been designated a National Water Trail by the Department of the Interior and is one of 18 waterways that have received this prestigious designation in the United States. Ribbon cutting for one of the eight new floating docks along the Teche This sign just about sums it up A smile that says, "Sunshine!" on what was otherwise a rainy day Although the Teche has been so highly...

Have You Ever Wondered What To Do With Your Toothpaste?

Asheville, NC: Fall is here and the colors are in full swing, time for backpacking, camping, and great adventures. You wake up in the morning; drink a cup of coffee or tea, eat a little breakfast, and prepare to start you day’s adventure. You stop, first thing’s first, time to brush those pearly whites. A thought comes to mind, “I’m not sure what to do with my toothpaste-waste.” Have no fear! The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers share a great technique to minimize impact while tooth brushing in the wilderness. Brushing your teeth at home has a go-to ritual. Wet the brush, apply some...

Protect Your Privates

Jasper, AR--There are two schools of thought about choosing your career, or the work you do: 1. It defines who you are; it is what you live for. 2. It offers you a means to do the things you want to do or have the things you want to have? For many people the latter is becoming the case more and more as we see a shift from days spent in a corporate world to nights spent in WV Vanagons traveling the country in search of the next great adventure. Regardless of how you view the work you do, we can all agree on one thing, everybody is working for the weekend . Whether you like to camp,...

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...

Music In the Mountains, The Festy Experience 2015

Roseland, VA: Live Bluegrass music, family, friends, food trucks, brews, camping, yoga, and unforgettable times. This is the complete recipe for an enjoyable time at The Festy Experience. This past weekend, The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers enjoyed the fall weather and the fun filled festival life while talking to thousands of festival goers about Leave No Trace. With thousands of people getting out to enjoy some good old fashion tunes, it is up to each one of us to keep our festival impacts minimal. Video: Leave No Trace supporters share their opinion on the Festy Experience...

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...

2015 Hi-Cone Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup!

Chicago, IL— Did you know that 30% of all the garbage produced in the world comes from the United States? That’s an incredible amount considering that we have less than 5% of the entire worlds population living here. With 40% of our rivers polluted our water sources like the Great Lakes are becoming ever more important for clean drinking water. This is just one reason why we need to make a commitment to keeping our resources healthy. 3 easy ways to keep the Earth clean: Be mindful of where our trash is ending up. Be aware of the waste we are producing when purchasing over-packaged goods...

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...

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