Seven Principles

Winter Camping Tips

Yucca Valley, CA: The first day of winter is officially December 21, but for many parts of the country winter is already here. The cold weather and wet or snowy conditions should not stop anyone from enjoying the great outdoors. Here at Leave No Trace our Traveling Trainers camp over 250 nights a year and the winter does not stop them, so do not let it stop you. Here are five easy steps to staying warm! Step 1. Check the weather! This is something that we always encourage no matter what the season, but it is especially important when the temperatures can drop dramatically. Once you know...

#GivingTuesday - 5 Reasons Why You Should Support Leave No Trace

San Francisco, CA: This #GivingTuesday, we reflect on why Leave No Trace is so important. As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, we have had the opportunity to visit some of the country’s most pristine natural treasures. From cool, clear mountain streams to arid, resilient desert landscapes, spending time in our public lands inspires a deep sense of connection, humility and stewardship in us. Protecting these special places is more important than ever. As we travel and camp across the country, we’ve witnessed the tragic consequences that result from uninformed visitors. We have seen...

Leave No Trace and the Appalachian Trail

Wickes, AR : The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a 2,175 mile hike from Georgia to Maine. It can be hiked daily, in sections or as a thru-hike. The Appalachian Trail has seen record numbers of thru-hikers over the last few years. The Appalachian Trail has been featured in films, books and social media by the likes of Bill Bryson, Appalachian Impressions and others. 
 
When we educate the public about Leave No Trace it is a common thought that the more people that get outside the more our outdoor spaces suffer. While this can be true at Leave No Trace we teach our Seven Principles to...

3 Must Do Adventures in Northern Florida

Orlando, FL: It’s the beginning of the week, which gives us all plenty of time to plan for the next adventure. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers have spent the last two weeks in Florida and have found some amazing gems in the outdoors. The following list is for you to discover some of these unique places in the sunshine state. When we first thought of Florida, we pictured white sand beaches, sunshine, and all the theme parks one imagination can think up. All of these things do exist, but there is a whole other side to the Florida lifestyle. Floridians love a good adventure and we...

Respect Wildlife: Build A Bat House

Monroe, LA: Did you know that the last week of October is Bat Week? We were in the Daniel Boone National Forest where the Red River Gorge is located this year and they were celebrating by building bat houses. The sixth Leave No Trace principle is to Respect Wildlife . When we talk about respecting wildlife we encourage: Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. Control...

Water Bottle Scramble: A Delicious Way to Minimize Food Waste on Your Next Camping Trip

Phoenix, AZ: Want to impress your friends with a delicious breakfast and Leave No Trace at the same time? Try this simple campground cooking technique to minimize the amount of waste you bring into the outdoors, save space by packing out less trash, and have more time to enjoy your trip. Buen provecho! Have fun. Be safe. Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across...

Fluffing the Duff: A Backcountry Camping Skill

Ocala, FL: Having a grasp of backcountry camping skills is just as important as knowing about the area you are planning to visit. This week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers share how to help a campsite revive itself after a night or two of camping. What is this skill? Read on to learn more. Soil compression can lead to site creep ; the expansion of a campsite over time due to soil compression and the removal of organic litter. Fluffing the duff is a skill that helps a campsite to rebound after the compression effects from a tent. Take some time after...

A Hot Spot to Protect Fayette County, GA

Peach Tree City, GA : Have you ever heard of a town that commutes by Golf Cart? This is a reality in Fayette County, Georgia where residents have access to over 90 miles of multi-use Greenways. Walkers, runners, cyclists, and even riders of golf carts utilize these paths every day of the year to get around town and to access the counties green spaces. These nature areas of Fayette County are the focus of a 2016 Leave No Trace Hot Spot. For one full week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers worked hand-in-hand with the Southern Conservation Trust , who manages the green spaces in...

Do You Know The Thumb Trick?

Slade, KY: Seeing wildlife is one of the pleasures of the great outdoors. We must remember that when we see wildlife we are visitors in their home. It is important to respect wildlife. Principle 6 teaches us a few things about treating wild animals with respect and here are some of those tips: Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. Control pets at all times, or...

Love to Hike? How To Minimize Your Impact On The Trail

Phoenix, AZ - While hiking on the trail is extremely important in desert areas with living biological soil, hikers can also have a serious impact on sensitive flora wherever they are. From the alpine to lowland meadows and riparian areas, our cumulative footsteps can damage the places we love. Especially with record numbers of visitors getting outside and exploring, practicing Leave No Trace is more important than ever! Learn how YOU can protect the places you love by Traveling and Camping on Durable Surfaces! Have fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb...

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