Seven Principles

Fighting Graffiti in the Red River Gorge

Moab, UT: Last October a team of Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers visited the Red River Gorge National Geologic Area near Stanton, Kentucky to conduct a Hot Spot Revisit. This means that the Red River Gorge National Geologic Area was deemed "loved to death" and the agency that manages the area reached out to Leave No Trace for a Hot Spot. While we visited the area we conduct studies and try solve land use problems so that we can enjoy this special place now and forever. One of the biggest problems that the Red River Gorge National Geologic Area faces is graffiti. Leave No Trace fights...

Pop Quiz: Do You Know How to Leave No Trace?

Plattsburgh, NY: Leaving no trace is an easy way to help protect the natural world. However, times change and recommended Leave No Trace skills and ethics change too. Do you know what it takes to Leave No Trace today? Take our quiz to test your knowledge. No matter what your score turns out to be it’s important to remember; it doesn’t matter what you have done yesterday or today, it’s about the choices we make tomorrow and in the future. By continuing to do our part, we can all protect nature and the animals who call it home. Thank you for doing your part to Leave No Trace! If you would like...

Leave No Trace Ski Tips

Park City, UT: Ski season is here, are you ready to enjoy your world and Leave No Trace in the snow? Here are a few tips and tricks to remember the Leave No Trace Seven Principles while having fun on the mountain. It is easy to Plan Ahead and Prepare for your day on the mountain. Always remember to check the weather so that you are warm enough. It is also important to carry a trail map of the runs on the mountain to make sure you are skiing or snowboarding at your ability. Also remember to check your equipment to have a safe day on the mountain. When you enjoy the outdoors in the snow...

Preventing the Posthole

Lake Placid, NY: Getting out for a hike on the trails in the winter time has a lot of perks; less people, warm jackets, soft snow, and a warm thermos. As you prepare for that wonderful hike into the snowy mountains though, will you be prepared to prevent your posthole? What is a, “posthole” anyway? Well, when walking thru the snow our boot prints sink deep into the snow creating big holes, know as postholes. Traveling on a trail that has big ruts and postholes is inefficient and dangerous for ankles. This is why snowshoes and skis are so important when out on the trails. These pieces of gear...

Camping at the Red River Gorge

Park City, UT: Last October the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics partnered with the Daniel Boone National Forest to raise awareness about Leave No Trace at the Red River Gorge National Geologic Area near Stanton, Kentucky. The Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers spent a week at the National Forest learning about the area, the people who enjoy the area and the rangers who protect the area. This video educates the public about how to camp at the Red River Gorge: Travel Well, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central ...

How We Memorize the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace

Seattle, WA: You probably know that Leave No Trace is based on 7 Principles. Can you name them all? In the right order? Here's a little trick we use to help us memorize all seven principles in the right order. It's also a great way to teach your friends and students the seven principles as well. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjallraven, ENO,...

How Far is 200 Feet?

Stone Ridge, NY: When was the last time you were hiking and you felt the call of nature? Using the “facili-trees” is a normal part of being in the outdoors. However, do you know how far from water sources, trails, and campsites you should go before answering the call? Leave No Trace recommends walking 200 feet to reduce the chances of contaminating water sources and trails. Not sure exactly how far 200 feet is? Luckily we have a simple trick you can use; 200 feet is approximately 70 big steps! Walk in a mostly straight line away from those water sources and trails to reach your defecation...

What's Your Plan?

Seattle,WA: For some it's stressful. For others, it's their favorite part of the trip. For everyone, planning is the essential way to have the most fun and lowest impact adventure possible. Every great trip begins with some kind of check in. Where are we going? Fresh batteries in the beacon? Got a throw bag? How about a med kit? Know how to use it? Asking a few crucial questions like these before you leave is necessary to ensuring that you and your group minimize your impact while out adventuring. That's why we created this easy to use Leave No Trace Plan template. Fill this out...

How to Leave No Trace in the Frontcountry

Los Angeles, CA: Leave No Trace is not just for campers, backpackers, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts, it is for everyone. If you go outside Leave No Trace is for you. Leave No Trace in the frontcountry focuses on places with designated places for trash and bathrooms, one good example of a frontcountry space is your local park. Check out this video to learn more about how to Leave No Trace in the frontcountry: Travel Well, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith are part of...

Respecting Wildlife When Least Expected

Glacier National Park, MT: It’s so easy to say, “ respect wildlife ” when heading out into the wilderness. Most of us want to keep wildlife wild and respect their home, by practicing Leave No Trace. Sometimes though, wildlife happens. They aren’t always seeking us out but we are visitors in their home and they are used to romping around where they please. This is exactly what happened to Steph and I this past August while visiting Glacier National Park in Montana. Between our time educating and sharing knowledge with the public, we have been very fortunate to explore the places we visit. In...

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