Master Educator

What Should be Stored Inside of a Bear Canister?

Harrisonburg, VA: It may still be winter but we are starting to plan for our spring backpacking trips. Spring is a wonderful time of the year to get outdoors but also a really important time to respect wildlife. Bears will be waking from their winter hibernation and no doubt, will be looking for food and anything that may smell like it. Bear canisters are an easy to way to protect bears from eating our human food. Feeding bears (even accidentally) leads to habituation, and habituation with food conditioning leads to relocation or even euthanasia; just like the infamous saying goes, “A fed...

Preventing the Posthole

Lake Placid, NY: Getting out for a hike on the trails in the winter time has a lot of perks; less people, warm jackets, soft snow, and a warm thermos. As you prepare for that wonderful hike into the snowy mountains though, will you be prepared to prevent your posthole? What is a, “posthole” anyway? Well, when walking thru the snow our boot prints sink deep into the snow creating big holes, know as postholes. Traveling on a trail that has big ruts and postholes is inefficient and dangerous for ankles. This is why snowshoes and skis are so important when out on the trails. These pieces of gear...

How Far is 200 Feet?

Stone Ridge, NY: When was the last time you were hiking and you felt the call of nature? Using the “facili-trees” is a normal part of being in the outdoors. However, do you know how far from water sources, trails, and campsites you should go before answering the call? Leave No Trace recommends walking 200 feet to reduce the chances of contaminating water sources and trails. Not sure exactly how far 200 feet is? Luckily we have a simple trick you can use; 200 feet is approximately 70 big steps! Walk in a mostly straight line away from those water sources and trails to reach your defecation...

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course - Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), MA

This five-day Master Educator Course, hosted by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, will be based at the Kellogg Conservation Center, situated among the picturesque hills of the southern Berkshires in western MA. The course is designed to provide recreation users and educators an in depth look at the practices and ways of teaching Leave No Trace skills and ethics.

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course - Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM), AZ

The Leave No Trace Master Educator Course is designed for individuals who will be teaching Leave No Trace Trainer Courses and Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course - Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM), UT

The Leave No Trace Master Educator Course is designed for individuals who will be teaching Leave No Trace Trainer Courses and Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course - Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM), CO

The Leave No Trace Master Educator Course is designed for individuals who will be teaching Leave No Trace Trainer Courses and Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course - Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM), WY

The Leave No Trace Master Educator Course is designed for individuals who will be teaching Leave No Trace Trainer Courses and Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course - Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM), WY

The Leave No Trace Master Educator Course is designed for individuals who will be teaching Leave No Trace Trainer Courses and Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.

Fluffing the Duff: A Backcountry Camping Skill

Ocala, FL: Having a grasp of backcountry camping skills is just as important as knowing about the area you are planning to visit. This week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers share how to help a campsite revive itself after a night or two of camping. What is this skill? Read on to learn more. Soil compression can lead to site creep ; the expansion of a campsite over time due to soil compression and the removal of organic litter. Fluffing the duff is a skill that helps a campsite to rebound after the compression effects from a tent. Take some time after...

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