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Dinner to Dish Duty, Digging the Dirty

Arnold, MD: At the end of a busy day, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers treat ourselves to relaxation by cooking delicious meals. Afterwards, we are left with a small mountain of cutlery, cutting boards, plates, and food scraps caked to the frying pan with an intimidating clean up in sight. What is the best system for getting those dishes clean, you ask? Well, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers use a three-step process towards maintaining a clean camp kitchen. Step One: Gather the dishes and cleaning supplies. · Dish soap and sponge · Two plastic wash...

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...

Nordhouse Dunes Hot Spot--2015

Nordhouse Dunes, MI--Welcome to the Huron Manistee National Forest! This past week, we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team visited the Nordhouse Dunes, taking a proactive stance to educate the increasing amount of recreationists at this popular location so we can continue enjoying this fragile ecosystem. So what do you need to know before visiting this Hot Spot? Leave No Trace’s Katelyn Stutterheim and Blake Jackson are part of the 2015 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud...

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...

Where Have All The Hemlocks Gone?

New River Gorge National River, WV: A hike along the rim of the New River Gorge offers spectacular vistas of steep walls, rushing water, and lush green trees. This environment hosts large groves of Hemlock trees, which have stood for centuries. Since early 2005 these groves have been under attack from an unassuming visitor, the deadly Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Native to Asia, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid has found sanctuary in the abundance of hemlock groves found on the eastern coast of North America. Without a native predator the Woolly Adelgid has the ability to reproduce quickly. So quickly...

Honey, Grab The Kids-We're Going Camping.

Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, MA A mother pulls into the driveway leading up to her weathered, salt-licked home; it is a Friday afternoon in early July. Summer is just kicking off, high temperatures have not yet gotten a grip on New Englanders, and a buzzzz fills the air. The mother of three excitedly escapes the confines of her car and jigs her way to the large door of her home. As she pries the swollen door from its frame, she realizes that this very door has shut her family in, disconnecting them from all that lies outside: the adventures and spontaneities of the out of doors. She...

Rice and Fall of a Trail Legend

Catskill Mountains, NY: Starfail, Pro-tip, Buckeye, Catnap, Smiley, Jethro, Gilgamesh, Giggles…what is the story behind all these “trail names”. Where do they come from? Why do they exist? This week we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team, accepted a challenge to hike one of the toughest trails east of the continental divide: Devil’s Path in the Catskills. Testing our endurance, the grueling hike led us over five peaks that reached above 3,500 feet, through boulder fields, and up rock faces. As we marched forward, ready to defeat the army of obstacles on Devil’s...

Moth Invasion Kills Thousands

Savage River State Forest, MD—The devastating invasion of the Gypsy Moth is still apparent almost a decade after its fateful descent upon the majestic White and Red Oak of the Savage River State Forest. Invasive species have a detrimental effect on ecosystems across the world but are largely ignored until they hit close to home, destroying precious resources that in some cases we cannot get back. Such was the case with the American Chestnut in the early 1900’s when an invasive fungal infection was accidentally introduced by imported Chinese Chestnut trees. The result: billions of American...

Leave No Trace Where You Least Suspect It

San Juan Island, WA: Have you been to a Labyrinth lately? If not, we suggest taking a stroll through your local sacred gateway sometime soon. Many people walk labyrinths for the vibrant rows of natural colors – sunflowers, poppies, asters, and the list goes on. While some are after the herbs – with the beloved and relaxing scent of lavender dancing through the air, what’s not to like about a Labyrinth? Others are looking for a passage to self-discovery, one that may contain balance and regeneration. There’s no doubt about it, people visit these healing garden spaces for all sorts of reasons...

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...

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