Seven Principles

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...

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...

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