Seven Principles

"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...

Flagstaff Academy Visits Pingree Park

Longmont, CO. Team West spent last Friday at Flagstaff Academy in Longmont, CO, working with the 8th graders as they prepare to spend three days at Pingree Park in Fort Collins this week. Flagstaff Academy is a charter school that strives to provide a science-focused, liberal arts curriculum that promotes excellence, teamwork, respect and a lifelong love of learning. As part of their experience, the middle school students will spend three days exploring Pingree Park. The students will be involved with many outdoor activities, including hiking, documentary film making, studying stream ecology...

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...

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