Seven Principles

When Nature Calls

Sometimes nature calls at the worst time - It's our job as ninjas to always be prepared. Planning Ahead and Preparing is an essential skill to practice if we are going to act like ninjas and Leave No Trace on the places we all love to visit! Remember if you fail to plan, you plan to fail...and Ninjas never fail! The Leave No Tres: Volume III from Leave No Trace on Vimeo . The Ninjas for Nature Present: When Nature Calls Starring: Grass Face - Defender of the Voice of the Land Enjoy! - dani & roland

Joining Together for a Healthy Planet

Santa Barbara, CA: Meaningful relationships make the world go round. Relationships come in all shapes and sizes, however, the best relationships are with those that help us grow, provide support and encourage us to keep moving forward. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics would not be the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program if it weren’t for our loyal members and dedicated partners. These meaningful relationships allow The Center to continue its mission and teach people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and ensure the long-term health of our natural world. This...

8 Tips to Leave No Trace with your Dog

Many of us enjoy bringing our pets to our local city, county, and state parks. However, it’s important to recognize some of the specific impacts associated with pets in the outdoors. Below are a few simple tips to help keep your pet and wild animals safe while ensuring an enjoyable recreation experience for all visitors. 8 TIPS TO LEAVE NO TRACE WITH YOUR DOG Appreciate the natural and cultural resources of the park. Keep your pet from digging in any area of the park or historic site, and out of any buildings. Enjoy your pet's company but remember that not everyone is comfortable around them...

Caves

Carlsbad Caverns, Arizona: Caves are one of nature’s most amazing environments to explore and challenge oneself in. Unfortunately, visitors to caves can have an impact on the fragile features and wildlife that exists under our feet. If people use good judgment and travel through caves with knowledgeable people, then cave related impacts can be minimized. In order to find knowledgeable cavers, check your local chapter of the National Speleological Society (NSS). In order to plan ahead and prepare for your cave travels, educate yourself on a variety of topics. Ask for permission before entering...

Life on the Road is Good

Joshua Tree, CA: Everyday as a Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer is always a new adventure - living out of a vehicle provides a very unique kind of freedom that allows us to travel and explore places we never thought we would. Of course, there are trade-offs and compromises that must be made as challenges constantly arise. One aspect of life on the road that never seems to disappoint, are the people we get to meet – new friends and role models in new cities all across the United States! At a recent event in Cathedral City, California, we had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Bridgette Kennedy...

Climbing in the Desolate

Joshua Tree National Park is immense, nearly 800,000 acres, and infinitely variable. The park, located in Southern California, preserves two sections of North America’s great deserts – the Colorado Desert (part of the Sonoran Desert) and the Mojave Desert. The park encompasses some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California’s deserts. Rugged mountains of twisted rock and exposed granite monoliths testify to the strong winds, sudden torrents of rain, and climatic extremes that shaped and formed this land. But in the midst of all its harshness, the desert is a delicate and...

Effectively Communicating Outdoor Ethics

Phoenix, Arizona: At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park/Preserve is the largest municipal park in the country according to the Trust for Public Land. It boasts 51 miles of primary trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for all ability levels. From the park's main entrance, you can drive up to Dobbins Lookout for a spectacular valley-wide view or you can explore a multitude of scenic trails that meander through primitive desert terrain. This week, Traveling Trainers Roland and Dani, spent a delightful afternoon at South Mountain Preserve with the park's Rangers. At...

The Fate of a Careless Hand

See what Big Foot has to say about Disposing of Waste Properly! The Leave No Tres: Volume II from Leave No Trace on Vimeo . The Ninjas for Nature Presents: The Fate of a Careless Hand Starring: Big Foot - Master of the High Council of Ethics Brought to You By: Dani & Roland - Team West

Leave No Trace At Westfield State University

Westfield, MA. Last week, Kate and Tracy visited Westfield State University to work with the Outdoor Leadership classes. The two had a chance to catch up with Dr. Kevin Tatsugawa, a professor of Wilderness Leadership and recent Leave No Trace Master Educator. Check out the interview below to learn more about their visit. If you are interested in having the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers in your community, click here . To find out more on Leave No Trace Master Educator Courses, click here . Thanks for reading! See you out there...Kate and Tracy

Frontcountry areas outside of big cities

Tucson, Arizona, has a population of 525,000 and rests in between beautiful mountain ranges and the city is known for their beautiful Saguaro cacti that stand out both in town and on the surrounding hills. Right on the edges of town is Saguaro National Park, which has two districts that are on the Western and Eastern ends of Tucson. Saguaro holds miles of trails through cacti stands located in the valley and trails up into the mountains for visitors to hike in. North of town is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and locals, the Santa Catalina Mountain Range. While the Santa...

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