Outreach

Anything related to outreach, events, training, volunteerism

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...

We are on the Road to Somewhere

East Lansing, MI: Have you ever heard the adage, “You can’t know what you don’t know”? It is a truism covering experiences far and wide, but no matter the subject, one hard to swallow pattern within this adage seems to always hold strong: We can not see where we are headed until we arrive . For us at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, we challenge this stubborn reality and ask you to join us in the efforts. Last week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference, commemorating 100 years of brotherhood and...

Ragnar Relays Minimize Impacts

Soda Springs, CA: It’s Thursday. You’re preparing for a weekend of running, both day and night. You’re adrenaline builds and the butterflies start to hatch. It’s then that you remember all the hard work you’ve done to train for this epic relay - the Ragnar Trail Relays , and you begin to find your inner peace again. Meanwhile, two thousand four hundred ninety nine other people are going through similar feelings. At the first crack of light on Friday morning, your on-site ready to bring the Ragnar “run. eat. sleep? repeat.” motto to life! As you walk around the grounds, you look in awe at all...

An Adirondack Master Educator Course

St. Regis Canoe Area, NY: There are beaming smiles and wet feet as we complete yet another canoe-carry on this adventure. Back onto the water in canoes filled to the brim with overnight gear and teaching materials. We have five days, five participants, and seven principles; Team East goes solo after completing an Adirondack Master Educator course! Photo: Water still as glass on an evening paddle up Fish Creek. The Master Educator Course is designed for instructors, educators, and professionals who want to incorporate Leave No Trace into their curriculum. The material is divided into...

Outdoor Retailer- Summer 2015

Salt Lake City, UT: This week we have been attending the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show with the West Coast Regional Team, Jenna and Sam. Outdoor Retailer is the world’s largest expo for outdoor equipment and apparel. Over 1,000 manufacturers and distributors use Outdoor Retailer as a chance to showcase their latest and greatest for the new season and over 14,000 people attend Outdoor Retailer. Since Leave No Trace plays a significant part in the outdoor field, Outdoor Retailer gives us a chance to connect to industry partners and individuals across the country. Specifically, a few of our proud...

Be Full of Wonder to Create a Wonderful World.

Port Sanilac, MI: Why do snails take naps that last up to three years? How strong is a spiders’ web? It is important to take the time to think about our surroundings; to wonder about all the unknown marvels it holds. Finding our connection with nature, with this resource that we all love, sometimes means s l o w i n g down. Taking a fresh breath of air and appreciating it. To not only have wonder for the outdoors but a satisfying “Ahh…mazing” when you finally understand or see for the first time. It was once said that people become closer friends as stories and...

Where Have All The Hemlocks Gone?

New River Gorge National River, WV: A hike along the rim of the New River Gorge offers spectacular vistas of steep walls, rushing water, and lush green trees. This environment hosts large groves of Hemlock trees, which have stood for centuries. Since early 2005 these groves have been under attack from an unassuming visitor, the deadly Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Native to Asia, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid has found sanctuary in the abundance of hemlock groves found on the eastern coast of North America. Without a native predator the Woolly Adelgid has the ability to reproduce quickly. So quickly...

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