Master Educator

Acadia National Park a Leave No Trace Hot Spot

Bar Harbor, ME: Acadia National Park was nominated for a 2016 Hot Spot, these are public areas that are in danger of being loved to death by recreation. As more and more people are going to visit Acadia National Park it is imperative that we, as visitors, are educated and understand how we can protect the park during our visit. Check out some of the great people we worked with during the Acadia National Park Hot Spot, in our Trainer Course blog . Adventure on, and Leave No Trace! Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy...

How to Leave No Trace in Bear Country

Slim Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN: Do you like to enjoy the outdoors in an area where there is a potential for bears? Leave No Trace has a variety of techniques to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity safely while in bear country. The sixth principle for Leave No Trace is to respect the wildlife and in bear country this means using an appropriate technique to keep you safe and the bear safe. In this video Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers demonstrate the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) style of bear hang. Happy Trails, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace...

Landmark Learning Master Educator Course - Cullowhee, NC

Course Length: 5 Days 

Total Course Cost: $575

Recommended For: Backcountry guides, canoe trip leaders, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, park and forest rangers and wilderness therapeutic programs. 

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...

Saving the A.T. at the 2016 Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot

Dawsonville, GA: Birds are singing, leaves are budding, and the falls are flowing. The changing of seasons here at Amicalola Falls State Park is the signal for some to start a huge endeavor, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. The 80 miles of Appalachian Trail in Georgia make up the 2016 Leave No Trace Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot. The Appalachian Trail is 2,189.1 miles in length, stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia to the craggy peak of Katahdin, Maine. A record breaking number of thru-hikers will be attempting the entire trail this year. Over 1,080 thru-hikers have started the...

Need Duct Tape? Wrap Your Trekking Poles!

Jacksonville, FL: When you head out into the backcountry do you bring along a repair kit? We do, but we always look for ways to cut the weight and bulk out of our packs. Trekking poles offer a perfect place to store a repair kit staple, duct tape. Avoid bring the whole roll (along with the weight) by wrapping some tape around the pole underneath the handles. These rolls of tape can double as a second handle for traversing fall lines when in the mountains. Trekking poles are multifunctional pieces of gear. They can prop up tarps, be used in emergency medical situations, and have been found to...

Backcountry by the Numbers Quiz

Boulder, CO: Test your knowledge on Leave No Trace backcountry recommendations. Thanks for taking our quiz and remember to be like the Center’s mascot Bigfoot and Leave No Trace. Pat and TJ - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer West Central Team Leave No Trace’s Pat Beezley and TJ Beezley 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, REI, ENO, Deuter, and SmartWool.

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...

NOLS Master Educator Course - Yellowstone National Park

During 5 days in this rich ecosystem, you will learn and teach the principles of Leave No Trace (LNT) and discuss wildland ethics. Your group will be a mixture of federal agency personnel, outdoor educators, guides and outfitters, outdoor retailers and private individuals. Courses are instructed by a NOLS Instructor and Agency (NPS) Instructor both are LNT Master Educators.