Outreach

Anything related to outreach, events, training, volunteerism

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...

Tree-Friendly Hammocking Tip

Springfield, MO: Excited for hammocking season, but worried about the impact of your hammock's straps on the trees? Practice this simple tree-friendly tip on your next hammocking excursion to help reduce your impact. Steps: Collect a handful of small sticks, roughly the same in diameter, that stretch about the length of your forearm. Set-up your hammock. Place the sticks (about a hand's width apart) between the hammock's straps and the tree's bark. Relax and enjoy your afternoon! We suggest cuddling up with a GoSnug blanket and reading your favorite book or travel magazine. Replace the sticks...

Rocky Mountain Arsenal Service Learning

Boulder, Co: Earlier this month the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, East Central Team, held a workshop at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and participated in a service project for the preserve. Along with Leave No Trace, there were representatives present from Colorado Young Leaders and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado( VOC ). The group tackles the Helium Stick--a demonstration on what happens when we don't work together to lower our impacts This workshop consisted of 3 hours of activities and discussion centered on what it means to develop a wild-land ethic...

Sunol Wildflower Festival - Sunol, CA

Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers at the Sunol Wildflower festival for activities that align with the Leave No Trace Seven Principles, and information on ways to get more involved with Leave No Trace. Look for the Leave No Trace booth from 11AM - 4PM! 

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...

Leave No Trace For Frontcountry Environments

Gibsonia, PA: Did you know that about 85% of all recreation is based in Frontcountry environments? An area that is easily accessible by vehicle and mostly visited by day users. Frontcountry locations tend to attract more visitors than the backcountry. So, Here are some tips and tricks that will help us to minimize our impacts and leave no trace while on Frontcountry trails. Know Before You Go • Be sure to bring enough food and water for the days adventure. Having supplies for your day will maximize your comfort and safety, increasing the quality of your experience. •...

A Little Recreation, A Lot of Preservation

Keene Valley, NY: The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers do their best to balance work with play. Fortunately, life on the road offers opportunities for all sorts of adventures. Sometimes these adventures require gear we can't always keep in the car, so we find a local source to rent the gear we need. Moments like these are why we love supporting local gear stores, as well as taking advantage of the local activities; in this case, ice climbing! Having the access to thousands of public areas across the country is a special privilege. These areas are unique in their own ways, with each...

Why We Should All Pack Out Our Dog's Poo

High Falls, NY: Have you ever wondered why it is alright for bears and other wildlife to poo in the woods but not acceptable for our dogs? A bears diet consists mainly of natural plants and berries, while our pet's waste is considered unnatural. Dog food is derived from processed foods which we wouldn't typically find in nature. According to the CDC, or Center for Disease Control one days worth of dog waste can contain several billion fecal bacteria along with Giardia, hookworm, and tapeworms. If our pet waste reaches waterways, it can be harmful to other animals, wildlife, and even humans...

Never Stop Connecting

Atlanta, GA: "Connect, Educate, Protect!" "Connect, Educate, Protect!" As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, these are the words that we live by - think of this chant like our spirit stick, or like the Holy Grail of Leave No Trace. We know it sounds extreme, but truly the success of Leave No Trace relies on this trifecta of ingredients. The first most critical component to inspiring positive action is a connection to the outdoors. If there is a connection to the natural world, it is more likely people will care about its future health. Second, once there is an established connection it...

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