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A Local Gem in Danger

New Paltz, NY: The Peekamoose Blue Hole has become an Internet celebrity. Now selected, as a 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot , the Blue Hole needs a new type of fame, one that recognizes its fragile ecology. This geologic formation is wild in nature and unfortunately; its fame has exponentially increased the number of visitors and the impacts, which follow them. With anywhere from 600-2000 visitors in a weekend the ¾ acre footprint of the Blue Hole has seen its fair share of impacts. Soil erosion, trampled vegetation (including small plants, flowers, and primarily mosses),...

Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse?

Boulder, Colorado: Are you ready for the 2017 Solar Eclipse Across America? Check out our video and blog below for tips on preparing for this historic event! 1. Know before you go: With over seven million people traveling to see the eclipse, you're sure to find lots of traffic, and little to no cell phone service, food, or other supplies available in the path of totality . Make sure you bring everything you'll need for a five to six day trip, since most agencies anticipate that roads in and out of the eclipse zone will be gridlocked at least two days before...

The Outdoor Industry Muscles Up

Boulder, Colorado: From its chiseled, thru-hiking calves to its swollen rock-climbing forearms, the U.S. outdoor industry has been flexing its muscles lately. According to the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), a trade organization in Boulder, Colorado, American consumers now spend more on outdoor recreation ($887 billion) than they do on gasoline and fuels ($304 billion), motor vehicles and parts ($465 billion) or pharmaceuticals ($466 billion). OIA’s definition of “outdoor recreation” is broad, including everything from archery to scuba diving. But even the most...

Minnesota State Advocate Rita Hussman Honored With Presidential Award

Boulder, CO: Rita Hussman vividly recalls the day she received a call from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics letting her know that she had been chosen to be the new Minnesota State Advocate — she was in the middle of teaching a Leave No Trace workshop to children at Metropolitan State University. It's that kind of constant dedication that helped her recently earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award. “I don’t think of what I do as volunteering because it's so critical,” Rita said of her Leave No Trace volunteer experience. “There is no question that, now more...

Leave No Trace Seven Principles Rap

Boulder, CO: The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics protects the outdoors by teaching people to enjoy it responsibly. It is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. One way we reach the public is through the creative freedom of our Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program consists of four teams of two educators that travel across the country in Subarus teaching people how to...

Martin Park Nature Center Hot Spot

Oklahoma City, OK: Have you ever been to Oklahoma City? Oklahoma City is home to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Paseo Art District, grain silos repurposed into climbing gyms, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and the Martin Park Nature Center. According to their website the "Martin Park Nature Center is a hub for nature exploration and education for visitors of all ages. Guided hikes, education programs and an interactive learning center provide visitors a place to learn about nature and wildlife in a serene, suburban environment.” Leave No Trace has been in Oklahoma City for the...

Kicking Off the 2016 Hot Spots at Kern River

Isabella Lake, CA: The 2016 Hot Spots are off to an amazing start at the Kern River in California. Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, Jenna Hanger and Sam Ovett worked tirelessly to educate tourists on outdoor ethics. Read the full article here .

More Than Minimizing Your Impact

Boulder, CO: Former volunteer, Mattie Schuler digs deep on what it means to commit to Leave No Trace. Read the full article here .

REI's Expert Advice

With numbers of backcountry visitors increasing each year, REI's experts want you to brush up on your 7 principles knowledge! Read the full article here .

Don't Be That Guy

Volunteers and staff at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy have created a series of unique videos that instruct visitors on how to minimize their impact on the Appalachian Trail. The series contains 16 videos that can all be viewed on YouTube .