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Do You Know The Thumb Trick?

Slade, KY: Seeing wildlife is one of the pleasures of the great outdoors. We must remember that when we see wildlife we are visitors in their home. It is important to respect wildlife. Principle 6 teaches us a few things about treating wild animals with respect and here are some of those tips: Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. Control pets at all times, or...

Did you know it's Firewood Awareness Month?

Daleville, VA: Did you know it's firewood awareness month? Firewood Awareness Month’s primary goal is to raise public awareness about firewood movement as a forest pest and disease pathway. Leave No Trace educates about firewood awareness on a regular basis through Principle 5 : Minimize Campfire Impacts. In general we teach: Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the outdoors. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires. Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be...

Easy How To Leave What You Find

Boone, NC: It can be hard to Leave What You Find sometimes. When we enjoy the outdoors sometimes we find cool stuff. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recommends that it is best for nature and for future generations if we leave the cool things that we find where we found them. One thing that is easy to leave what you find is invasive species. Invasive species are plants, animals, or pathogens that are non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause harm. There are many of these around the country and for more...

Poop Tube 101

Nashville, TN: Do you know how to dispose of your human waste when in the outdoors? Here are the general guidelines on how to dispose of waste properly when in the outdoors: Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter. Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use...

Do you know your durable surfaces?

La Crosse, WI: Do you know what a durable surface is, or why durable surfaces are an important factor to enjoying the outdoors? WHAT IS A DURABLE SURFACE? Durability refers to the ability of surfaces or vegetation to withstand wear or remain in a stable conditions. SURFACES: Rock, sand and gravel: These surfaces are highly durable and can tolerate repeated trampling and scuffing. Ice and snow: The effect of travel across these surfaces is temporary, making them good choices for travel assuming good safety precautions are followed and the snow layer is of...

How to Leave No Trace on a Canoe Trip

Des Moines, IA: Do you love to get out on the water and enjoy the outdoors? We do! Here is how to incorporate the Leave No Trace Seven Principles while on your next paddling trip. Check out the science behind the Seven Principles to see why we recommend the tips in the video. Travel Well, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith 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...

Acadia National Park a Leave No Trace Hot Spot

Bar Harbor, ME: Acadia National Park was nominated for a 2016 Hot Spot, these are public areas that are in danger of being loved to death by recreation. As more and more people are going to visit Acadia National Park it is imperative that we, as visitors, are educated and understand how we can protect the park during our visit. Check out some of the great people we worked with during the Acadia National Park Hot Spot, in our Trainer Course blog . Adventure on, and Leave No Trace! Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy...

Meet the Newest Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers!

Boulder, CO: May marks the start to another epic Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer tour! Three new teams are hitting the road to educate millions of people about Leave No Trace practices. At the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, everyone is buzzing with activity, finalizing the logistics for a year of education and life on the road. The Subaru’s are packed to the brim and ready to hit the road. We are stoked to introduce the newest Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. Without further ado, please help us welcome the three new teams! Team East Central: Amanda &...

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...

Backcountry by the Numbers Quiz

Boulder, CO: Test your knowledge on Leave No Trace backcountry recommendations. Thanks for taking our quiz and remember to be like the Center’s mascot Bigfoot and Leave No Trace. Pat and TJ - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer West Central Team Leave No Trace’s Pat Beezley and TJ Beezley 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, REI, ENO, Deuter, and SmartWool.

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