Seven Principles

Park Stewardship for the Next 100 Years

Bar Harbor, ME: Acadia National Park is celebrating its centennial this year, and is expected to host more than 2.8 million people. Thankfully, the park has amazing stewards to educate their visitors about responsible outdoor recreation. This last week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers provided a two-day Trainer Course for the Ridge Runners of Acadia National Park. Ridge Runners are people who educate visitors and help to preserve the natural landscape including fragile ecosystems throughout the park. This close connection with visitors means that Ridge Runners are at the forefront...

How to use the Leave No Trace Seven Princples when visiting Parks!

Harpers Ferry, WV: How to use the Leave No Trace Seven Principles when visiting parks! 2016 is the centennial of the National Park System and Leave No Trace wants to help you get outside and enjoy your world! In the summer months millions of people get outside and visit parks. America has a great system of parks at every level from the 59 National Parks to State Parks and even your local community park. You may be aware of the many incidents that have already plagued some parks, like Yellowstone National Park this summer. These incidents for the most part can be prevented by simply being...

How to Leave No Trace in Bear Country

Slim Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN: Do you like to enjoy the outdoors in an area where there is a potential for bears? Leave No Trace has a variety of techniques to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity safely while in bear country. The sixth principle for Leave No Trace is to respect the wildlife and in bear country this means using an appropriate technique to keep you safe and the bear safe. In this video Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers demonstrate the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) style of bear hang. Happy Trails, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace...

How to be a Happy Camper!

Ely, MN: Summer is coming. 2016 is the year of the National Parks’ Centennial and America is getting outside. Camping is an American tradition, and Leave No Trace is here to help everyone enjoy the outdoors responsibly together! The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers spend 250+ nights a year camping. From Memorial Day at Great Falls National Park in Mclean, Virginia to overnight canoe trips at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the Superior National Forest in Ely, Minnesota the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers see a wide variety of campgrounds. If you aren’t familiar with Leave...

Easy Breakfast Tech Tip

Ely, MN: Do you like oatmeal for breakfast when enjoying your favorite outdoor activity? We do! Oatmeal is a great breakfast when enjoying the outdoors because it is light to pack, easy to personalize and a kid favorite! Oatmeal is a great meal to use when you want to dispose of your waste easily when in the outdoors. With just a little planning ahead and preparing you can make an easy breakfast in the outdoors and create very little waste and help you practice Leave No Trace! For a great breakfast in the outdoors with minimal waste you will need: Your favorite instant oatmeal Hot water Spoon...

Tangled Up in Orange

Missoula, MT: If you have ever worked with horses or lived on a farm, you are familiar with bailing twine. If not, baling twine is the colorful polypropylene cord that keeps hay bales in their orderly cubic forms. This seemingly innocuous twine, has become the culprit in the deaths of millions of osprey and other animals across the country. An osprey nest inundated by baling twine. Photo: Erick Greene Osprey, also known as seahawks, are found among river corridors all over the country. They can be seen hovering over the waters, before dramatically dive bombing for fish. The raptors...

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 &...

Climb Hard & Protect the Peregrines

Gardiner, NY: On the Shawangunk Ridge, peregrine falcons are nesting on the steep east facing cliffs, intending to catch the morning sun. These birds of prey perch high above the ground to easily catch some air and hunt small animals down below. With spring here in the Gunks, it is height of the nesting season for peregrine falcons. As climbers come to visit and test their limits on the steep cliffs of the infamous quartz conglomerate rock we encourage all to check the rules and regulations . This way all visitors will be aware about route closures that are in effect, simply so we can all...

The North Face Endurace Challenge

Washington, D.C.: Mud, sweat, and more mud were the main ingredients during this years’ Washington D.C. North Face Endurance Challenge. A blustery and wet week turned into an artic blast this past Saturday for the 50 mile and 50k races. Runners battled their way through 50 miles of rocky, muddy terrain while pushing through frigid 30-degree temperatures. The North Face encourages individuals to never stop exploring and to always Leave No Trace during those epic adventures. Cold and rainy weather turned every bare part of the trail into a mud puddle, turning this race into a truly epic...

Learning the Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Rising Fawn, GA--Learn, remember, and teach the Leave No Trace Seven Principles in a fun and interactive way! Curious about any of the things we mentioned in the video? Take a walk through some of our other Leave No Trace blogs to learn about catholes , rule of thumb , how to leave what we find , and what it means to be careful with fire . See you on the trail! Katelyn and Blake 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...

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