Seven Principles

Teaching Kids Respect Wildlife

Laredo, TX: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we teach Leave No Trace to thousands of kids all throughout the country at schools and in camps. Teaching kids the importance of staying a safe distance from wildlife and why we shouldn’t let animals eat our food is always well received by students. We have a couple of effective methods on how to teach kids the Respect Wildlife principle. Impacts Vs. Wildlife Set-up: You will need a field or a gymnasium to facilitate this activity. The only materials you will need will be two long ropes (50 feet) to...

A Hot Spot To Protect McAfee Knob

Catawba, VA: A crisp breeze slices through the air, and puddles fill spaces in the uneven ground as the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers wrap-up a week of 20 Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops, each a part of the McAfee Knob Hot Spot week. The four mile-long section of Appalachian Trail is the gateway for McAfee Knob and its iconic diving board rock. This precipice of rock overlooking the Roanoke Valley is host to thousands of visitors each hiking season. A favorite trail among many people living in the surrounding towns and cities, the knob is in danger of being loved to death. The...

A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear

Whidbey Island, WA: In preparation for attending the Yosemite Facelift clean up we did a little bear research, which inspired us to get the message out about respecting wildlife. Below is digital flip book you can use to refresh yourself on the reasons we encourage you to be respectful to all creatures. Enjoy your world! Jenna and Sam - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team West Leave No Trace’s Jenna Hanger and Sam Ovett are part of the 2015 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of...

Minimize Waste to Maximize Space

Minneapolis, MN--Dastardly trash flitters across the parking lot as its potential captor follows in hot pursuit. Every gust of wind helps the debris slink between cars and roll around light posts as it takes aim for a precise exit by way of the storm drain. Once within the dark passages of the drain, the trash will forever be on the run, freely able to wreak havoc on the earth: baiting marine life, contaminating our water, and littering our shorelines. These trash escapees are ever slipping from our overloaded hands, shopping bags, and car doors--they must be better confined, barred within...

Plan Ahead And Prepare: Camping In The Rain

Virginia Beach, VA: It’s Thursday night and your mind is racing. All you can think about is how you just have to get through Friday at the office and you’re free! Free to get out and explore! Where will you go? What will you do? What will you need for your next big adventure? There are so many things to take into consideration when planning ahead and preparing. You decide you are going to high tail it to your favorite scenic wilderness destination along the lake. First things first, check the weather. Oh no! The forecast calls for rain, and a 20% chance of thunderstorms. You think to yourself...

How Long Does it Last?

Play our trash timeline activity to learn how long different pieces of trash last for if they are left as litter on the trail. Trash time line Thanks for reading 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 Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2015 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, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool, The North...

Let's Keep The Linville Gorge Gorge-ous

Marion, NC: Steep rock walls, towering peaks, and cascading waterfalls create the wilderness area of the iconic, Linville Gorge. Any outdoor enthusiast would feel at home in the gorge with miles of trails connecting the river with the peaks above. With an increasing amount of visitors each year, the gorge is under threat of being loved to death. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers made their way to the Linville Gorge for a week long Hot Spot to help aid in the protection of this heavily used wilderness area. The major impacts that we witnessed during our adventures in the gorge are...

Wildfires Wreak Havoc Across The West

Bend,OR: Minimizing campfire impacts is as important as ever in the American West. “For the last 10 years, an average of about 3,500 human-caused wildfires have burned an average of approximately 400,000 acres of National Forest System land annually, with most caused by campfires.” - U.S. Forest Service Website Yesterday we, The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team West, drove from Glide, OR to Bend, OR. Our 3 hour road journey routed us along the edge of a major wildfire burning near Crater Lake National Park. Our destination, Bend, OR is also...

Leave No Trace Considerations for Anglers

Pumphouse Campground and Launch Site, CO: This past week we spent time fishing and paddling along the Colorado River near Gore Canyon. Fly-fishing along a beautiful river with mountains and canyons all around is every angler’s favorite day in the outdoors. There are over 60 million anglers in United States, making it one of the most popular and oldest sports. With such a large amount of people getting out to use the nation’s waterways, utilizing Leave No Trace skills and ideas can alleviate the impacts that anglers can have. Some examples of impacts commonly found at fishing areas are; bait...

Rock Climbing and Group Use

Maple Canyon, UT: Climbing is a popular sport in the US with over 9 million people participating in it each year, according to Climbing Magazine. With millions of people getting out to climb on public and private land, rock climbers can significantly degrade the areas that they love. Impacts at climbing areas range from braided trails around crags, litter, improper disposal of human and pet waste, disturbed raptor nests, and poor crag etiquette. Climbing in large groups can be more fun and safer, but also leads to a greater impact and more care should be taken to minimize impacts at the crags...

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