Outreach

Anything related to outreach, events, training, volunteerism

Assume the Best: An outdoor enthusiast’s guide to talking with people who drop trash on the ground, blast music on the trail, and leave their dog’s poop behind.

Phoenix, Arizona A writer for Sunset magazine recently asked me how I “really” felt about people who throw their trash in the bushes. The subtext was something like, “I know what you’re supposed to say, but surely there are just jerks and idiots out there in the world, amirite?” Well, yes, maybe there are jerks and idiots out there in the world, but I couldn’t do what I do if I believed that people were all incorrigible. The question she raised is a common one. While most people are sympathetic to a newbie who doesn’t know what to do with his or...

World Oceans Day - Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Buxton, NC

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be celebrating World Oceans Day alongside National Parks Conservation Association at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

An Adventure Immersed in Culture and Art

Macon, GA: Dancing, stories, and cultural foods; these are just some of the things which contribute to the heritage of Native Americans. Did you know, there are over one hundred Native American cultural sites scattered across the United States? Each one, designated to preserve our public lands, and to help commemorate the contribution of Native American culture. From Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado to Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia, these parks offer people an opportunity to take a step back into history and to become immersed in native traditions. The Earth...

Guffey Gorge is Instagram Famous

Guffey, CO: Guffey Gorge (a.k.a. Paradise Cove), a 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot, is Instagram famous. Once a local secret, this 80-acre gorge, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, boasts a gorgeous waterfall that tumbles from steep granite canyon walls. Tucked 1/2 mile down an unassuming trailhead, social media attention has turned this sleepy spot into a hotbed of activity. On sunny July weekends, up to 1,000 visitors a day make the steep hike into the Gorge to enjoy a swimming hole at the base of the falls that’s not much bigger or deeper than your average backyard...

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),...

Coastal Conservation in Action: Choosing to Lead Conference - Jekyll Island, GA

The 2nd Annual Coastal Conservation in Action: Choosing to Lead Conference will bring together activists, students, volunteers, thought leaders, and others in celebration of Georgia’s coastal resources. The conference includes skill-building workshops, thought-provoking panel discussions, and interactive field trips for people of all walks of life to gain the knowledge and skills they need to take action to protect the coast.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride, CO

Leave No Trace will once again be joining Planet Bluegrass for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, offering interactive booth outreach and running the How Green Is Your Grass Campsite Challenge. Enter for great prizes and to learn more on how you can minimize your impact at the festival and beyond!

Take These Tips to the Alpine

Franconia Notch, NH: This unique environment is home to hundreds of species of plants, insects, lichens, and wildlife. The organisms living here are only found in this elevation and environment, making them incredibly rare. When hikers visit during the day or on a backpacking trip, each step we take in the alpine creates the potential for big impacts to sensitive vegetation. It is up to each and every one of us to do our part while visiting alpine zones. Below are the essential tips and tricks to know for your next adventure in the mountains. Plan Ahead and Prepare...

Ocmulgee Indian Celebration, Ocmulgee National Monument - Macon, GA

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will have a booth at the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration, one of the largest Native American gatherings in the Southeast. More than 300 Native People, artists, dancers, storytellers, musicians, and historic lifestyle demonstrators will share their culture with the visiting public at Ocmulgee National Monument. This Celebration provides an opportunity to interact with people from all of the Southeastern Native cultures, plus representatives of other tribes from throughout the nation. The Celebration is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. 

Five Great Leave No Trace Educational Resources

Boulder, CO: We believe Leave No Trace should be part of every child’s educational experience. In fact, that’s the motivation behind our Leave No Trace for Every Kid initiative. While the Traveling Trainers reach thousands of kids each year with direct Leave No Trace education, we know that parents, teachers, scout leaders, camp staff, and everyone with kids in his or her life can play a pivotal role in helping them develop an outdoor ethic. While on the road, we are often asked for our favorite Leave No Trace educational materials, so we’ve compiled a list of resources for...

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