Outreach

Anything related to outreach, events, training, volunteerism

Welcome to Sykes Hot Springs!

Big Sur, CA: Is your favorite trail being loved to death? This past week we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team West, visited the Pine Ridge Trail as a part of a 2015 Hot Spot. A Hot Spot is a site that is damaged, but that can recover and become healthy again after specific Leave No Trace implications. While we were there, we hiked into Sykes Camp, which is the go-to destination for most users. Why this camp, you might ask? At the end of this strenuous 10 mile hike sits a natural hot springs for everyone to enjoy. And everyone, hundreds of visitors almost every week, do in...

Music In the Mountains, The Festy Experience 2015

Roseland, VA: Live Bluegrass music, family, friends, food trucks, brews, camping, yoga, and unforgettable times. This is the complete recipe for an enjoyable time at The Festy Experience. This past weekend, The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers enjoyed the fall weather and the fun filled festival life while talking to thousands of festival goers about Leave No Trace. With thousands of people getting out to enjoy some good old fashion tunes, it is up to each one of us to keep our festival impacts minimal. Video: Leave No Trace supporters share their opinion on the Festy Experience...

6 Essentials: Camping and Roadtripping Style

La Crosse, WI: Trying to squeeze in one last roadtrip before winter hits? Pushing through your fall semester of college but find yourself distracted and preoccupied reading blogs like, “Top Ten Places to Visit this Summer” ? Do you call up your best friend to begin planting the seed that you two should skip a week…or three, from work and other obligations to experience some place new? As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, our life is a roadtrip: camping over 200 nights a year, visiting 20+ states, cooking hundreds of meals outdoors, and being awe-mazed nearly everyday--you could say we...

A Hot Spot To Protect McAfee Knob

Catawba, VA: A crisp breeze slices through the air, and puddles fill spaces in the uneven ground as the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers wrap-up a week of 20 Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops, each a part of the McAfee Knob Hot Spot week. The four mile-long section of Appalachian Trail is the gateway for McAfee Knob and its iconic diving board rock. This precipice of rock overlooking the Roanoke Valley is host to thousands of visitors each hiking season. A favorite trail among many people living in the surrounding towns and cities, the knob is in danger of being loved to death. The...

2015 Hi-Cone Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup!

Chicago, IL— Did you know that 30% of all the garbage produced in the world comes from the United States? That’s an incredible amount considering that we have less than 5% of the entire worlds population living here. With 40% of our rivers polluted our water sources like the Great Lakes are becoming ever more important for clean drinking water. This is just one reason why we need to make a commitment to keeping our resources healthy. 3 easy ways to keep the Earth clean: Be mindful of where our trash is ending up. Be aware of the waste we are producing when purchasing over-packaged goods...

Minimize Waste to Maximize Space

Minneapolis, MN--Dastardly trash flitters across the parking lot as its potential captor follows in hot pursuit. Every gust of wind helps the debris slink between cars and roll around light posts as it takes aim for a precise exit by way of the storm drain. Once within the dark passages of the drain, the trash will forever be on the run, freely able to wreak havoc on the earth: baiting marine life, contaminating our water, and littering our shorelines. These trash escapees are ever slipping from our overloaded hands, shopping bags, and car doors--they must be better confined, barred within...

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...

Let's Keep The Linville Gorge Gorge-ous

Marion, NC: Steep rock walls, towering peaks, and cascading waterfalls create the wilderness area of the iconic, Linville Gorge. Any outdoor enthusiast would feel at home in the gorge with miles of trails connecting the river with the peaks above. With an increasing amount of visitors each year, the gorge is under threat of being loved to death. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers made their way to the Linville Gorge for a week long Hot Spot to help aid in the protection of this heavily used wilderness area. The major impacts that we witnessed during our adventures in the gorge are...

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...

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