Seven Principles

3 Steps to Bring Leave No Trace Into Your Classroom

Each year thousands of school children are introduced to Leave No Trace in the classroom. From a short introductory activity to a full day spent outdoors, youth across the country are learning how they can become stewards of the outdoor spaces they care about—the places where they play, exercise and spend time immersed in the natural world. For a decade, the Center has had an active and growing youth-focused program known as PEAK, which can easily be brought into the classroom no matter where it may be! Indoors, outdoors, urban or suburban, Leave No Trace is relevant. The PEAK...

August "The Situation" response

The Situation: You have just reached the summit of your favorite local mountain. Shortly after, a group also reaches the summit. One of the people in the group lights a cigarette, and when finished, throws the cigarette butt on the ground. No one in the group acknowledges this, so you decide to approach the smoker. What do you say to convince the smoker not to litter? Here's what our Travelling Trainers said: When it ends up on the ground and not in receptacle, a cigarette butt is litter. Partially smoke cigarettes, matches, disposable lighters, packaging,...

Start a Leave No Trace Club at your school

In 2011, a YMCA counselor in Bellevue, Washington contacted the Center stating that she was the sponsor students at Interlake High School. The teens wanted to start a Leave No Trace Club. Thus, the first Leave No Trace Club was established as a pilot program. Since, the Center has supported the club with education materials, partnership benefits (like logo/Seven Principle use, copyrighted language, etc.), and training materials. With this support, the high schoolers have organized two Leave No Trace Backyard Sessions at their school which focused on cleaning up local parks. Through a generous...

Education in Motion: Where to find the Traveling Trainers in September

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are conducting the following training events across the country in September. For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar . We hope to see you on the road! California: Columbia College - Sonora Colorado: Traveling Trainer Team Training 2 Weeks - Boulder Adventures Denver - Denver Front Range Community College - Fort Collins Adventure Elementary School - Denver Flagstaff Academy - Longmont The North Face Outdoor Nation Signature Summit - Denver Smartwool - Boulder Kentucky: Kentucky State...

8 Keys to Car Camping

For some it’s the smell of a campfire, sleeping under the stars, or just getting away. For others it is immediate access to the river, trails or crags. In 2011, more than 48 million people went car camping in the U.S., staying at state and national parks, private campgrounds, Forest Service campgrounds and everywhere in between. For many, car camping is the preferred way to enjoy the out-of-doors. Car camping is an American pastime for countless reasons. For starters, it’s easy. You can take fresh food, coolers, double-burner stoves, barbeque grills (regulations permitting), hammocks, sun...

Education in Motion: Where to find the Traveling Trainers in August

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, as well as the Leave No Trace e-tour Team are conducting the following training events across the country in August. For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar . We hope to see you on the road! Want the Traveling Trainers to join you for your event or training? REQUEST A VISIT FROM THE TRAVELING TRAINERS! Check out the Team Calendars - sort by Team or by your state! Colorado: The North Face Adventures Denver - Denver North Boulder Classic - Boulder Transrockies Run - Buena Vista Rocky Mountain National Park...

Take it or Leave it.

South Fork Upper Skokomish River, Olympic National Forest, WA As you can see from the footprint of our MSR tent above, life on the road as a Subaru/ Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer does not require a lot of space. Knowing what you need and what you do not on any outing can make or break your trip. Team West believes that to Plan Ahead and Prepare is the first and most crucial step to keeping yourself safe, minimizing your impacts on the environment, practicing the Seven Priciples of Leave No Trace and of course, having FUN while you go outside to play. There are several steps to take for...

Education in Motion: Where to find the Traveling Trainers in JULY

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, as well as the Leave No Trace e-tour Team are conducting the following training events across the country in July. For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar. We hope to see you on the road! Want to host the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for an event? REQUEST A VISIT FROM THE TRAVELING TRAINERS! Check out the Team Calendars - sort by Team or by your state! Colorado: Planet Bluegrass Rockygrass Music Festival - Lyons Florida: Boy Scout Troop 5 - Crawfordville Kentucky: Tim Horton Camp Kentahten -...

Day Campin' in Delaware

Summertime means summer camp, and what better type of summer camp than Cub Scout day camp? On Tuesday, the Leave No Trace e-tour Team rolled into Delaware and visited two different day camps from the Del-Mar-Va Council along with Travis McCormick, one of Frank's Scouting friends and an all-star professional Scouter. With a group of excited Scouts, we explored some of the best highlights of Leave No Trace -- Trash Your Trash and the elusive cathole. Our first visit was to the brand new Akridge Scout Reservation in Dover, a beautiful stretch of 85 acres developing into a first class camp. With...

Del-Mar-Va Council Cub Scout Camp

The Leave No Trace e-tour team will be joining the Cub Scouts, staff, and volunteers at Lum's Pond camp for the Del-Mar-Va Council of the Boy Scouts of America for an afternoon of Leave No Trace learning and activities!

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