Seven Principles

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...

Leave What You Find - Gates

Sugar Grove, VA: Principle 4 of the Leave No Trace Seven Principles is: Leave What You Find. When we speak about Principle 4 it usually pertains to: Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches. But it also means to leave gates as you find them, which usually means to close them. In this video the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are hiking in the Grayson Highlands of...

Don't Bust the Crust - How You Can Protect The Desert Ground

Moab, UT: Biological soil crust, also known as cryptobiotic soil, is the foundation of desert plant life. This black, knobby crust is made up of many different living organisms and plays a vital role in maintaining the desert eco-system. However, this sensitive soil is extremely fragile and can take decades to grow. Even a footstep can damage the crust for decades, having lasting impacts on the desert environment. So next time you're out exploring the Southwest, please stick to trails, especially if you on a bike or OHV. If traveling overland while hiking or canyoneering, use a route that...

Easy How To Leave What You Find

Boone, NC: It can be hard to Leave What You Find sometimes. When we enjoy the outdoors sometimes we find cool stuff. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recommends that it is best for nature and for future generations if we leave the cool things that we find where we found them. One thing that is easy to leave what you find is invasive species. Invasive species are plants, animals, or pathogens that are non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause harm. There are many of these around the country and for more...

Car Camping: Doing the Dishes 101

Columbus, OH: Doing the dishes is a dirty proposition but it doesn't have to be difficult. Check out the video to learn a quick and simple way to wash dishes while front country camping. Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy Mossey are part of the 2016 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, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, and SmartWool.

How to Leave No Trace in the San Juan Islands

Lopez Island, WA: San Juan County is the first Leave No Trace county in the nation. This designation came about because of a dedicated and passionate group of locals, who wanted to protect and steward these special islands they call home. Today, different agencies, organizations, citizens, businesses, and local leaders have committed to integrating Leave No Trace into every aspect of the islands. Their hope is to educate and inspire the one million annual visitors to Leave No Trace during their next visit. Here are a few steps you can take to help Leave No Trace next time you are on the San...

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