Seven Principles

Canyoneering and the desert

The Mojave, Sonoran, Great Basin and Chihuahuan Deserts make up the vast Southwest region of the United States. The desert is both a harsh and a fragile environment that requires visitors to travel and camp lightly on the land. Some of the Leave No Trace considerations for the desert can be different from other areas. Water is limited for both visitors and animals in the desert, which requires people to be more conscious of their campsite location. Another consideration is the fragile Cryptobiotic crust or living soil that covers large areas and is necessary for plants to grow from, but can...

Leave What You Find Quiz

It is time for another quiz on one of our Seven Principle. This quiz will be on the 4th principle, leave what you find. Check your answers at the bottom of the page. Enjoy. 1. Name three alternatives to taking home a natural or cultural artifact. 2. What are two/three ways that humans can cause tree damage? 3. Define invasive species. 4. Small mammals, like squirrels and chipmunks, gnaw on bones, antlers, and shells to get what important nutrient?...

Popular backcountry campsites blog

The Grand Canyon issued 13,616 permits in 2009 for backcountry trips. Out of the permits issued, 38,574 people hiked or rafted into the canyon. People from 39 countries came to spend time in the canyon, with a majority being from the US, Canada, Germany, France, and the UK. With all of the users going down into the canyon, the amount of nights spent in the equaled out to 92,857. When a large amount of people travel into a backcountry area, land managers have to set policies and provided education to ensure that visitors will minimize their impact on the shared campgrounds, trails, and beaches...

Writing Our Best Stories in 2014

What adventures are you looking forward to in 2014? A week spent backpacking in the Sawtooth's in Idaho? Climbing in the Shawangunks in New York? Exploring all of the beautiful places in your own backyard? Rafting the great canyons of the west? Trail running in Linville Gorge in North Carolina? Walking your dog at your local park? With 2014 in full force the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers gear up for the coming year of travels and adventure we want to take a minute to stop and think about how we can make this year the best year of our lives. We’re using the first principle of Leave...

Soundscapes

Muir Woods National Monument is a natural escape from the fast-based life and concrete jungle of Oakland and San Francisco, California. In the early 1900s, William and Elizabeth Kent owned what is now Muir Woods and sold the land to the federal government in order to protect it for future generations to enjoy. The Kents also wanted it to be named after John Muir for his activism and promotion of Wilderness. President Theodore Roosevelt designated it a National Monument on January 9, 1909. In December we traveled to Muir Woods National Monument and walked the boardwalk trail through the...

Respect Wildlife - Securing Food and Trash

As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we focus heavily on the Leave No Trace principle Respect Wildlife. When we talk about how to minimize our impacts on wildlife, we stress both keeping food and trash away from wildlife, as well as staying a safe and appropriate distance from wildlife. Typically we end up concentrating on bears for the most part when we are teaching about Respect Wildlife. This week’s blog is about the importance of keeping food from the other types of wildlife out there. We had a chance to visit the Channel Island National Park in California last week and we had to...

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces - Leave No Trace Quiz

Are you a Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator? Are you between teaching courses and need something to keep your Leave No Trace knowledge sharp? How much do you know about the Seven Principles? Take our quiz on Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces. Look for new quizzes on different principles in upcoming blog entries. TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES QUIZ Multiple choice: 1. What is the best procedure for traveling off-trail through a pristine area? A. Stay in single file to avoid trampling a lot of vegetation. B. Hang markers from tree limbs so that...

Outdoor Nation - Los Angeles, California

Outdoor Nation is a weekend long event that focuses on getting Millennials to adopt outdoor recreation as a part of their lifestyle. The participants are mainly Millennials themselves and have a passion for the outdoors that they want to share with others. Outdoor Nation holds Summits all throughout the Country over the course of the year. Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, Pat and TJ, recently spent the weekend with Outdoor Nation in Los Angeles, California. Prior to the summit in LA, Outdoor Nation was in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Chapel Hill, and Seattle. The focus of the event is to...

The Festy Experience

Roseland, Virginia: In just four short years, The Festy Experience has become a distinguished and much anticipated musical event. The Festy Experience at Devils Backbone Concert Grounds in Roseland, Virginia boasts an impressive music lineup, superior local food, family-friendly activities and delightful fall camping in the idyllic Blue Ridge Mountains. The Festy Experience is hosted by the Infamous Stringdusters in partnership with The Artist Farm and Cerberus Productions. This year’s line-up included Railroad Earth, JJ Grey and Mofro, The John Scofield Uberjam Band, Chris Thile and Michael...

Educators Creating a Better Tomorrow

River Falls, Wisconsin: In 2011, the Outdoor Education minor program in the Health and Human Performance Department at the University of Wisconsin River Fall become an Educational Partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Becoming an educational partner of Leave No Trace provides UWRF access to a variety of resources, training, and educational information, while also providing support to the leading organizational advocate for sustainability education around the world. As one initial benefit of this partnership, UWRF Outdoor Education students enrolled in the Foundations of...

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