Seven Principles

Where Do You Love To Recreate?

Before life as Traveling Trainers, Tracy and Kate were public school teachers in Massachusetts. They started taking personal road trips each summer to explore their glorious country. During that time, one region of the country was found to be particularly intriguing. This area found a special place into their hearts. What region you ask? The Pacific Northwest captured their hearts due to its variety of environments to recreate in, as well as, its culturally diverse areas to explore. The fine folks who live in this area are warm and welcoming to strangers. These days as Traveling Trainers for...

The Year of The Girl

Hickory, North Carolina - What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear "Girl Scouts"? Most likely, “Cookies!” And we don’t blame you, because let’s be honest, Girl Scout cookies are delicious. But did you know that Girl Scouts of the USA has been empowering girls across the country since 1912?! Founded by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential through a myriad of enriching experiences, community services and cultural exchanges. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts and volunteers and more than 59 million alumnae in the U.S. who...

Bigfoot Builds a Mound Fire

Bigfoot finds himself in the North Carolina woods and is chilly. What does Bigfoot do when he wants to build a fire without leaving a trace? Find out on the latest edition of - The Life of Bigfoot. Leave No Trace teaches individuals to enjoy fires responsibly; one of these ways is to have a mound fire. Below are the steps for you to minimize your campfire impacts by making a mound fire of your own! Step 1 – Check fire regulations in the area to ensure it is acceptable to have a fire Step 2 – Choose a spot for your fire that will have the least impact on the land Step 3 – Use a fire blanket,...

Plant a Seed

As a Traveling Trainer, there are times when certain factors present themselves that keep us on our toes. Sometimes last minute changes to events are made and we have to think quickly in order to adapt to the unfolding situation. In other words, events don't always go as smooth as we would like! The Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers journey across the country and provide hands-on educational workshops and trainings to youth serving organizations, college students, outdoor guides, land management staff and the general public. It is safe to say that each visit is unique and we never know...

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act 1964 - 2014

On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, thereby establishing our National Wilderness Preservation System. The Wilderness Act describes “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man , where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” The Leave No Trace ethic has it roots in federally designated wilderness, and was a natural outgrowth of efforts to promote responsible enjoyment of these magnificent places. On...

Responses to the September Situation

The Situation You're hiking with your kids and they are so excited to be experiencing nature that they want to take home pieces of the natural world (pine cones, antler sheds, pottery shards, rocks, bones, etc.) to help them feel connected to nature while they are at home. What do you say to help them create memories that will leave the gift of discovery for the next person who hikes along the trail? Here’s what our staff had to say: There are many ways to connect children to nature without compromising the integrity of the area you are visiting. Capturing memories can be as...

How Long Does it REALLY Last

How Long Does it REALLY Last While facilitating a PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) activity called “How Long Does It Last?” for a local middle school last week, a teacher voiced concern over conflicting available information regarding decomposition rates of trash items. In fact, if any of you have done an internet search on the subject, it’s easy to see how varied the data really is. The information below will help shed light on the Center’s sources for compiling data for this PEAK activity and similar activities found in 101 Ways to Teach Leave...

Staying Safe in Bear Country

Maroon Bells, Snowmass Wilderness - Aspen, Colorado This past weekend Traveling Trainers Dani and Roland went on an adventure in colorful Aspen, Colorado. Located in the Snowmass Wilderness of the White River National Forest are a group of peaks that stand out among the rest called Maroon Bells, also known as “The Deadly Bells” among the climbing community. Unlike other mountains in the Rockies composed of granite and limestone, the Bells are composed of weak, unstable sedimentary mudstone with a distinctive maroon color. A glimpse of the Bells from Maroon Creek Valley is an unbelievable...

"Don't Bust the Crust" at New Emerson Elementary School

Grand Junction, Colorado. Traveling Trainers Dani and Roland spent the day at New Emerson Elementary School in Grand Junction, Colorado, with students ranging from Kindergarden to 5th grade. New Emerson School operates in a culture where all students are engaged in a relevant, nurturing and challenging curriculum. The school is minutes away from Colorado National Monument where towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau of canyon panoramas - with that being said, the students of New Emerson are young outdoor enthusiasts who love to play outside! Through out the school day, we laughed and...

Fall Hiking in the Wasatch Mountains

Twin Peaks Wilderness, UT. This weekend Team West visited former Traveling Trainer team, Jason and Agata, in Salt Lake City. There is no better place to have a Traveling Trainer reunion than on the trail. The four of us traveled up the Big Cottonwood Canyon to the Lake Blanche trailhead. Upon arrival, we were pleased to see signage at the kiosk educating visitors about Leave No Trace practices. Yes, we do see signage at many trailheads, but here we were impressed by what the signage told visitors. Not only did the signage give suggestions on how to leave no trace, it also provided the why...

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