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How to Practice and Promote Leave No Trace at your School

Jacksonville, Florida: Happy Acres Ranch is a school, summer camp, and afterschool program that is dedicated to including Leave No Trace and outdoor education/recreation in their students’ education. Happy Acres provides kids with a chance to experience their outdoor environment through programs, play, and they also advocate environmental ethics. Programs like Happy Acres have infrastructures to allow for this type of education but, for those that don’t, Leave No Trace has materials, programs, and ideas on how outdoor ethics education can be implemented for their students. Below are...

Choose Your Hot Spot

Now is your opportunity to nominate an outdoor area for a week-long visit from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in 2016. Everyday, people seek the outdoors for adventure, kinship, exercise, solitude, and all forms of enjoyment. Yet the places we have explored and adored for years are impacted by recreational use, some more severely than others. We call these areas Hot Spots –sites that are damaged but that can recover and become healthy again after specific Leave No Trace applications. By identifying and working with Hot...

Wilderness Deserves a Celebration

Kalispell, Montana: In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, west of the continental divide and just south of the Canadian border, lies 2.4 million acres of the Flathead National Forest. Home to lynx, grizzly bear, and bull trout; with numerous lakes, streams and rivers to enjoy, the forest is an iconic destination and an essential experience of the natural landscape of the American West. Within the forest is the famous Bob Marshall Wilderness , comprised of undeveloped areas with outstanding opportunities for solitude and outdoor fun. The fabled Bob Marshall Wilderness was one of the original...

Castles in the Sand

Moab, Utah: The desert landscape of the southwest United States offers stunning scenery and an often overwhelming grandeur in its vast, desolate towering formations of sandstone. The desert holds within it a beautiful juxtaposition of a harsh and unforgiving land balanced and held together by fragility. One organism that literally holds the desert together is known as living biological soil (also known as crypto-biotic crust). It is a living organism that plays a pivotal role in the health of desert ecosystems. It bounds sand together preventing erosion and allowing desert vegetation to take...

In Search of Fireflies: Part III

Huntington, West Virginia: With summer in full bloom and us living amongst the immense forest of trees on the East coast – our search of fireflies has happily come to a close. Fireflies have accompanied us almost every night! Like little fairies dancing thru the grass giving us an incomparable light show as the sun slowly goes to sleep. To read more about our search for the enchanting lightening bug, click here . As our hunt continued - we learned in, In Search of Fireflies: Part II , that fireflies are disappearing all over the world. This is believed to be happening because of human...

Education in Motion: Where to find the Traveling Trainers in June & July

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, our national mobile education program, are conducting the following training events across the country in June and July. We hope to see you at an event! Check out the Team Calendars - sort by team or by your state for the most up to date event listings. For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar . We hope to see you on the road! California: High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy Colorado: Ragnar Trail Relay – Snowmass Snowmass Mammoth Fest – Snowmass Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Telluride Maroon Lake Trailhead Outreach...

In Search of Fireflies: Part II

Burlington, Vermont: It finally happened! The lightening bug experience we’ve been dreaming of came true! For those of you who missed In Search of Fireflies: Part I – read here and you will understand why we are so psyched about our lightening bug sightings. Here’s how the scene played out for us: Roland and I were staying at a Girl Scout Camp in Lafayette, Louisiana. The campground was deserted and we had the entire campus to ourselves. It had been a beautiful day with warm temperatures and a cool breeze. Roland and I had just returned to the campground...

Condors and copper bullets

With a wingspan of nearly 10 feet, the California Condor is one of the largest birds in North America. Condors can travel close to 50 miles per hour and cover over 200 miles in a day searching for food. They range from areas near the coast in California to the deserts of Utah and California. Condors can live up to 60 years in the wild and produce one egg per year. The California Condor use to be prevalent all over the western United States, but due to habitat loss, lead poisoning, poaching, DDT, and the abundance of power line accidents, the Condors population dropped to about 22 that...

In Search of Fireflies

Charleston, South Carolina - Stories from the Road: Roland and I have been traveling with Leave No Trace for 18 months. We have been to the East Coast, to the West Coast and to the East Coast again. We have driven over 35,000 miles, been through 35 different states and have slept over 300 nights in a tent. It’s hard to recall all the individual campgrounds, parks, forests, and mountain areas we have called home for the night. It’s a lot – that’s all I know! We’ve seen various lakes, rivers, oceans, trees, plants and wildflowers; the names of which are too great to list. We’ve spotted, seen or...

Bayou Teche Trash Bash and Boogie

The Teche Ecology, Cultural and History Education Project (TECHE) is a non-profit organization passionate about making Bayou Teche a healthier waterway for fishing, boating and swimming. Bayou Teche is one of the most historically and culturally significant bayous in Acadiana, Louisiana and the TECHE Project is an advocate for improved water quality and preservation.

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