Seven Principles

Campfire Tips

For some campers, a campfire is essential for a campout. A campfire provides light, heat, smores, and can also be an inspiring sight on a campout. Leave No Trace is not against fires in the backcountry or frontcountry. Leave No Trace recommends the responsible use of campfires, so people can enjoy them and to minimize campfire impacts. Thanks to warm fabrics, headlamps, and camp stoves, fires are not as necessary as they once were. There are a lot of ways to enjoy a campfire without leaving an impact on the land. Some options for a minimum impact fire are: to not have one if you do not need...

Free Leave No Trace Lesson Plans and Information!

Outdoor educators are always looking for new and interactive ways to teach Leave No Trace. On the Leave No Trace website, educators can use the Concepts and Plans for Teaching Leave No Trace link. These links provide information on how to setup the lesson, facilitate the lesson, and the follow up discussion. These quick and easy lesson plans help educators to teach a different Leave No Trace concept. Our Natural World Plan Ahead and Prepare Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Pack it in, Pack it Out Leave What You Find Minimize Use and Impact of Fire Respect Wildlife Be Considerate of Other...

A Conversation on Ethics

What does the word 'ethic' mean to you?! The Leave No Trace program teaches skills to enjoy the outdoors safely and responsibly. More importantly though, Leave No Trace aims to impart an ethic - a compelling outdoor ethic that will hopefully guide those who enjoy the out of doors in making positive decisions. An ethic is defined in many ways. The dictionary lends us this definition: a theory or system of moral values. As Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, we have heard several definitions of the word 'ethic'. Some are more suitable than others and some are completely right on. Here are...

Principle Blog Series: Part 7 of 7-Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Be Considerate of Other Visitors is the 7 th of Seven Leave No Trace Principles . It is important to regard fellow visitors and respect the quality of their experience. An easy way to do this is by following the yield triangle on a multi-use trail. The above picture illustrates this concept. Bikers yield to hikers, while both hikers and bikers yield to horses. By practicing use of the yield triangle, user conflicts could be minimized in recreational areas. Nature is a finite resource, not infinite. Be considerate so that everyone can enjoy! Here are some more pointers on ways to Be...

Principle Blog Series: Part 6 of 7-Respect Wildlife

Respect Wildlife is the 6 th of Seven Leave No Trace Principles . Humans can unknowingly cause distress to animals by exhibiting the following behaviors: cutting trail switch backs, getting too close, leaving behind food and trash, and being too loud (except in bear/mountain lion country). When entering the natural world, we are in essence entering the home of wild animals. Some ideas on ways we can respect wildlife are: 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...

Principle Blog Series: Part 5 of 7-Minimize Campfire Impacts

Minimize Campfire Impacts is the 5 th of 7 Leave No Trace Principles . If you close your eyes and think about some of your earliest camping experiences, there is a good chance that a campfire is included in your reflection. It is important to note that Leave No Trace is not against campfires, but please be aware of responsible practices. Some other points to consider about Minimizing Campfire Impacts are: Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire...

Are You a Considerate Mountain Biker?

Worley, ID : Whether you travel on two feet or on two wheels, word on the trail is that mountain bikers and hikers CAN get along! Are you a considerate mountain biker? Find out if the cyclist in our video can win over the wary hiker and read on for easy things you can do to be a bike ambassador on the trail. 1. Mountain bikers yield to everyone else. Because of their speed and mechanical advantage, cyclists should pause and move off trail, if necessary, to allow hikers and horses to safely pass. For an easy way to yield the trail AND look pro, practice the...

Leave No Trace Skills: Hammock Camping

Bar Harbor, ME: Did you know… Hammocks generally leave a very small footprint and are good examples of minimum impact shelters? There is nothing better than hanging tree side in your hammock for a bit of relaxation. Keep reading to learn how to protect your campsite from potential hammock specific impacts. If you are new to hammock camping or already have a bit of experience the following are a few tricks that will help you to lounge in the most Leave No Trace way. Good campsites are found not made. Set up your hammock camp at least 200 feet from water, trails and other...

Leave No Trace Skills: Frontcountry Kitchen Setup

Joshua Tree, CA: Who loves camping? At Leave No Trace we love camping, so much so that between all four teams of Subaru/Leave No trace Traveling Trainers, we spend over 1000 nights a year under the stars! With all of this camping experience, we have picked up some useful tricks to create the ultimate frontcountry kitchen setup. Read on to see how we Leave No Trace while camping all year long. Use a Tarp or Pop-Up Shade to beat the heat or those rainy days. We keep ours in the car at all times for those, “just in case” scenarios. We try not to let rainy days beat us down and...

Leave No Trace Seven Principles Rap

Boulder, CO: The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics protects the outdoors by teaching people to enjoy it responsibly. It is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. One way we reach the public is through the creative freedom of our Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program consists of four teams of two educators that travel across the country in Subarus teaching people how to...

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