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#OptOutside this Friday

Overland Park, KS: Each year, half of Americans don’t experience the outdoors at all. No fishing or hiking. No climbing or biking. No paddling around the lake and no picnics at the park. Yikes! That alarming stat comes from our friends (and partners) at REI, who are hoping to change our increasingly indoor culture with their #OptOutside initiative , which returns November 23. Somehow, the day after Thanksgiving became a consumer free-for-all, where Americans flock to the stores instead of the outdoors. But REI will again shut its doors on Black Friday, encouraging its...

Youth Program Accreditation, Raising the Bar for Leave No Trace Education

Boulder, CO: On a warm fall day up Boulder Canyon, a group of youth development professionals were awarded for their commitment to Leave No Trace education. In May of this year, Avid4 Adventure , a long standing partner of the Center, became the first youth program in the nation to be awarded the designation of Leave No Trace Accredited Youth Program. Their journey to become accredited began in April of 2017, when the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics launched the Youth Program Accreditation – a process for youth-serving organizations to stimulate accountability,...

Retiring a Leave No Trace Subaru

Lafayette, IN: Living out of our Subarus full time, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers can put these vehicles through a lot. This means we usually retire our Subarus early, sending them on to greener pastures and less intense use. This last week, we made the switch from our 2017 Outback to a 2019 Ascent. This is the Traveling Trainer equivalent of moving out of our starter home and into the three bedroom house in the suburbs, complete with new welcome (floor) mats. While the extra room is amazing, and hauling all our education gear has never been easier, we will...

Traveling Trainers: Our Deuter Adventure

Devils Tower, WY: We rely on Deuter backpacks to keep our lives organized, whether we're on day hikes or overnights, navigating city streets or country roads. We're Subaru/Leave No Trace traveling trainers, and this is our Deuter Adventure. Leave No Trace's Joe and Joe are part of the 2018 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Deuter, Thule, Taxa, and Klean Kanteen.

What Does Leave No Trace Mean to Scouts?

Bloomington, Indiana: Every three years those members of the Boy Scouts of America who have been inducted into the prestigious Order of the Arrow, which recognizes scouts for their exemplary leadership and service, gather for a week of fun, learning, and community building. The National Order of the Arrow conference is scouting’s second largest conference behind the jamboree, and Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers were there to talk to scouts about minimizing their outdoor impact and what Leave No Trace means to them. Leave No Trace has long counted the Boy Scouts of...

How to Camp in Hot Weather

The dog days of summer are almost upon us, and that means two things. First, IT’S STILL SUMMER CAMPING SEASON! And, second, it’s HOT. Don’t let the heat keep you from taking advantage of summer weekends – read on for Traveling Trainer tips (we are full-time campers, after all) on how to have a cool trip no matter what the mercury says. Always pumped to find block ice on the road! 1. Block ice – If there’s anything that has revolutionized our #roadlife experience, it’s been discovering block ice. Block ice is large, solid rectangles of ice, usually sold in 10-pound...

Circuit Media - Denver, CO

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be conducting a Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop, including fun and engaging outdoor activities, for employees of Leave No Trace partner Circuit Media. 

Friends of Nevada Wilderness Awareness Workshop - Sparks, NV

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are partnering with Friends of Nevada Wilderness to deliver this free Leave No Trace awareness workshop for all members of the Reno community. Learn the principles of Leave No Trace through interactive games and activities for seasoned and novice outdoor user alike! 

REI Reno Awareness Workshop - Reno, NV

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will conduct an awareness workshop for members of the Reno/Tahoe outdoor community. This is an excellent opportunity for experienced outdoor enthusiasts to recommit to practicing the latest and best Leave No Trace methods in their outdoor pursuits, and will be a wonderful introduction to Leave No Trace principles for those unfamiliar with Leave No Trace. 

Subaru Winter Fest - Sierra At Tahoe, CA

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be joining the Subaru WinterFest Tour to educate the winter sports community about enjoying the snow ethically and responsibly. Swing by our outreach booth for games, prizes, and to test your Leave No Trace knowledge.