Seven Principles

Poop Tube 101

Nashville, TN: Do you know how to dispose of your human waste when in the outdoors? Here are the general guidelines on how to dispose of waste properly when in the outdoors: Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter. Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use...

How to Build a Leave No Trace Beach Fort

San Juan Island, WA: Growing up on the coast, we remember building countless beach forts as kids. We loved letting our imaginations run wild as we piled up driftwood into fortresses, castles, and hidden caves. Looking back, these long days spent on the beach, getting down and dirty, helped us develop a deep connection to the natural world and fueled our sense of stewardship later in life. However, it is important to practice Principle # 4: Leave What You Find while building forts. Remember to take your structure down and leave the beach better than you found it. Driftwood provides critical...

Do you know your durable surfaces?

La Crosse, WI: Do you know what a durable surface is, or why durable surfaces are an important factor to enjoying the outdoors? WHAT IS A DURABLE SURFACE? Durability refers to the ability of surfaces or vegetation to withstand wear or remain in a stable conditions. SURFACES: Rock, sand and gravel: These surfaces are highly durable and can tolerate repeated trampling and scuffing. Ice and snow: The effect of travel across these surfaces is temporary, making them good choices for travel assuming good safety precautions are followed and the snow layer is of...

Join the Movement!

Mt. Vernon, WA: More and more people are getting outside, which is awesome! Connecting with nature is often the first step in cultivating a lifelong sense of stewardship. It also means that Leave No Trace education is more important than ever. Help share our message by practicing the Seven Principles and encouraging others to Leave No Trace while you're out adventuring! Join the movement now by learning more about Leave No Trace, becoming a member , or passing on your knowledge to someone new. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the...

Gear Hack: Waterproof Your Backpacking Trip

Two Medicine, MT: Ready for a trip into the mountains? Sometimes getting time off from work means planning that trip months in advance. Then, when the week is finally here, the weather is looking iffy at best. Keeping a backpack waterproof doesn't have to break the bank. On your next backpacking trip consider using a heavy duty garbage bag, or contractor bag, to waterproof your backpacking gear. Check out the video to learn more. Adventure on, and Leave No Trace! Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy Mossey are part of...

How to Leave No Trace on a Canoe Trip

Des Moines, IA: Do you love to get out on the water and enjoy the outdoors? We do! Here is how to incorporate the Leave No Trace Seven Principles while on your next paddling trip. Check out the science behind the Seven Principles to see why we recommend the tips in the video. 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 the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program...

How to Make Your Next Historical Adventure Epic

Vernal, UT: We turn a corner of box elder trees, scanning the cliff walls for signs of pictographs. Finally, Emy spots a ruddy streak on a tan rock panel. We follow the trail closer and see red depictions of four warriors staring back at us from across a chasm of history, painted by the Fremont People nearly 600 years ago. Questions pour into my mind as I try to imagine what it was like that day they painted these figures. I picture them fishing in the clear, spring fed creek, laughing and telling stories about life in the canyon. Scratches and vandalism damages the historical images....

HIGH FIRE DANGER: Enjoy your evening without a campfire!

Portland, OR: Every summer, wildfires sweep across our nation putting public lands, firefighters, and homes at risk. While some fires start naturally, many are caused by humans. Minimize Fire Impacts by trying out one of these fun, campfire alternatives on your next camping trip. 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 the country. Proud...

Leave No Trace for Pokemon Go

St. Louis, MO: We believe that all time spent outside is a good thing. This summer Pokemon Go was introduced to the world. This game, described by many as digital geocaching for kids, has taken the world by storm and caught many off guard. We believe that Leave No Trace is for everyone, no matter what your chosen activity is outside there is always a way to enjoy it more responsibly. Here are some tips on how to enjoy Pokemon Go and the great outdoors! Travel Well, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg...

Minimum Impact: Desert Considerations

Moab, UT: Red, hot, and absolutely spectacular; southeastern Utah is a destination for any bucket list. When planning for your trip to this arid environment, there are a few important factors to take into consideration. Check out the video to learn about Leave No Trace specific information for the desert. 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...

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