Seven Principles

Whats Going On In Your Area: Northeast Region

The Leave No Trace Backyard Sessions program educates people about taking care of the outdoors in their communities. Through Leave No Trace training and volunteer engagement, the Center delivers the Backyard Sessions program through outdoor service projects for the general public. The Center conducted over 80 Backyard Sessions across the country this year. Check out the Backyard Sessions in the Northeast Region this year. -Bob Gough, of Staten Island, NY conducted a trail clean-up while facilitating a Leave No Trace overview to 35 scouters on March 17, 2012. -In Cross Fork, PA, Mary Hirst led...

Whats Going On In Your Area: Pacific Region

The Leave No Trace Backyard Sessions program educates people about taking care of the outdoors in their communities. Through Leave No Trace training and volunteer engagement, the Center delivers the Backyard Sessions program through outdoor service projects for the general public. The Center conducted over 80 Backyard Sessions across the country this year. Check out the Backyard Sessions in the Pacific Region this year. - In Bellvue, WA, the Leave No Trace Club of Interlake High School facilitated a park clean-up with 19 students and discussed "dispose of waste properly”, and "be considerate...

Responses to October "The Situation"

Here’s what you had to say: Although difficult to minimize the effect, every effort should be made to 1) pick the most used ring for yours; 2) work to dismantle the least used ring or both. I am assuming the rings are not permanent (dug in), this would mean relocating the existing borders to the remaining ring(s) and insuring all wood scraps were burned and all trash gathered and packed out. –John Ballard First, I would decide which fire ring is the farthest from the trail and water. Then I would also weigh in the likelihood of it being used again by the next visitors. (To...

Leave No Trace for Rock Climbing

Rock Climbers can minimize their impact by following the Leave No Trace principles for rock climbing. Plan Ahead and Prepare - Know the regulations and special concerns for the areas where you plan to climb - Schedule your climbing to avoid times of high use - Bring the appropriate equipment for the routes(s) you intend to climb - Check local regulations and ethics regarding the installation and use of fixed protection Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces - Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow - Always...

Winter Recreation

The season for winter recreation is here! It is time to get out the skis, snowboards, and snowshoes to go out and enjoy the resorts and backcountry areas we love. Whether it is a day at your local slopes or a backcountry trip spent skiing to a hut, there are always Leave No Trace considerations to keep in mind. So when you spend time outside in the winter, remember how the Leave No Trace principles can help you. In order to ensure not only a fun trip, but a safe trip planning ahead and preparing is essential for a successful trip outside in the winter. · Check snow conditions and the weather...

A Day with The Dusters

Chapel Hill, North Carolina - “Stand for those things in which you truly, passionately believe to the depth of your core: the integrity of your work, the way you choose to do business, the people with whom you surround yourself determine how and where you live your life.” Quoted from the bluegrass band, The Infamous Stringdusters, who have a determination on living out the hard choices in life and taking control of their own future. There is no other band quite like the Stringdusters! Meet the band members - Travis Book (bass), Andy Falco (guitar), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), Andy Hall (dobro),...

The Beginning

A debut presentation: The Leave No Trace Master and his followers vow to preserve and protect the places we play. The Saga begins! Stay tuned next week as the story unfolds... The Beginning from Leave No Trace on Vimeo . Ninjas for Nature - dani and roland

Teachers Teaching Teachers

If you work with kids and want to teach them about outdoor ethics, here is a program just for you! The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers can often be found at various REI locations across the country where they provide an interactive workshop that presents the necessary tools to educate youth about responsible recreation and active stewardship using the Peak program. The PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) program is the result of a unique partnership between REI (Recreation Equipment, Inc.) and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. PEAK is a curriculum of hands-on...

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...

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