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Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers...wait who?

Breaks Interstate Park, VA--You've been seeing a lot of the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers : but what does it mean to be one? Who are we and what is it we do...exactly? In short, we are a mobile education unit that travels the country teaching minimum impact practices and outdoor ethics. Currently there are four, two person teams of traveling trainers spread across the country; all living and working from our Subarus, by the rules of the road, and the paths of the wind. Nearly 200 nights a year you will find us sleeping in our North Face tent under the stars, sometimes the moon, and...

Protecting Patapsco Valley State Park

Ellicott City, MD: Patapsco Valley State Park was the site of a 2016 Hot Spot week. This gorgeous state park is a patchwork of public lands spreading along the valley of the Patapsco River. During the past week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers were on site to provide educational trainings and to participate in volunteer service projects. For two of the seven days, Steph and Andy put on their working gloves to help volunteers and the Maryland Conservation Corps to establish a designated parking lot in the Daniels region of the park. Before the project, this highly used area was...

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...

Buff=Hat

Macon, GA--Learn how to turn your favorite buff into your favorite hat! It is a great way to stay warm and save on weight. See you on the trail! Leave No Trace’s Katelyn and Blake are part of the 2016 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, Deuter, Eagle's Nest Outfitters, Smartwool, and REI.

Free your feet!

Red Rocks, NV--Are you prone to sore, blistery feet and looking for tips to make your hike more enjoyable? Learn a simple trick that will reduce your foot pain, allowing you to truly "hike your own hike". Remember to take breaks off the trail and on durable surfaces such as rock faces or designated rest areas. Free your feet and we will see you on the trail! Leave No Trace’s Katelyn and Blake are part of the 2016 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,...

Leave No Trace Tips for Mountain Biking

Ocala, FL: Heading out on a trail ride? Check out these Leave No Trace tips before heading out on your adventure! Plan Ahead and Prepare : check with land managers, local bike shops, local cycling groups and www.mtbproject.com for the most up-to-date trail information. Stick to the Trail : for biking, durable surfaces include established trails, authorized slick rock areas, dirt roads, and pavement. Check local regulations to see if off-road travel by bike is allowed. Dispose of Waste Properly : Use restroom facilities before hitting the...

Yakima Feeds Our Passion!

Joshua Tree, CA: As we drive into the sunset watching the light change over the mountains, we prepare ourselves for another big adventure - this time we will be climbing in the beautiful mountains of California's Joshua Tree National Park. For us, life on the road means new places, with new routes, runs and pitches we've never seen before. The opportunities we face are endless and amazing. In order for us to squeeze the most out of our adventure time, it is crucial that we stay organized so that we can be efficient with our packing and repacking, the beloved cycle of a road warrior. In comes...

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...

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