Seven Principles

An Introduction to Leave No Trace

Damascus, VA: What is Leave No Trace? We are the member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics that teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you - the world we all enjoy. Do your part to pass our nation’s heritage of outdoor recreation to future generations by...

Can You Dig It?

Fayetteville, WV: Are you going on a trip to enjoy the outdoors where bathrooms are not available? Have you thought about what to do with your human waste? One way to deal with human waste is digging a cat hole . Check it out: Dealing with human waste in the outdoors is part of Principle 3 Dispose of Waste Properly, here are some other things to think about with Principle 3: - 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...

Future Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers

Fall Creek State Park, OR: A couple weeks ago we got to take four families camping for their first times with Oregon State Park's Let's Go Camping! program. Despite some rain, we all had a blast exploring the verdant and gorgeous Oregon forest, fishing in the creek, and canoeing on the lake. Here are a few of our future trainers dropping some Leave No Trace knowledge they learned over the weekend. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. L eave 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...

Please Festival Responsibly

The places we gather to celebrate art, life, and music are special places that receive a great deal of impac t from our festivities. Teams of volunteers and staff work hard to clean up the grounds every morning after the late night shows. So whether you prefer bluegrass or electronic, it’s generally agreed upon that festivals are excellent for dance, making friends, and enjoying the outdoors. They are also an excellent opportunity to practice Leave No Trace. Here are some impact hacks to help you be a star on the dance floor through Sunday night. Planning ahead and preparing is the most...

Fight the Emerald Ash Borer

Woodstock, MD: How would it make you feel to lose all of the trees in your backyard? Unfortunately, this is the reality for many people who live in areas where the emerald ash borer has spread. Originally from Asia, the emerald ash borer was likely a stowaway in wooden packaging. It was first found in the United States near Detroit in 2002 . Since then, the invasive species has spread across the eastern states, devastating ash tree populations in its wake. Learn how to protect your backyard, favorite campground, or the place you plan to visit from the emerald ash borer by following these tips...

Principle 2 - Travel on Durable Surfaces

Chardon, OH: It's summertime and everyone is getting outside. Make sure to enjoy your world on durable surfaces! Principle 2 - Travel on Durable Surfaces Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces - Overview: - Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow. - Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. - Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary. Tips about Durable Surfaces: - Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites. - Walk single file in the middle...

Trail Love

Bend, OR: We had a blast hitting the river, dancing, climbing, and mountain biking at the 2016 Subaru of Bend Outside Games. With so much to do in the mountains and on the river here, folks are awesome about sharing the trails and sharing the love. Check out how Bend celebrates Leave No Trace Principle #7: Be Considerate of Other Visitors. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. L eave 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 partners of this program...

Packing the Subaru: Plan Ahead and Prepare

Minneapolis, MN: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we spend 250+ nights a year camping. To be successful at our jobs we must plan ahead and prepare on a regular basis. We use the Seven Principles in our daily life to make a positive environment footprint everywhere we go. As seen in order shown in video. Follow the links to see where these items are available. Principle 6: Respect Wildlife : Bear Can : Used to make food and other scented items secure from bears and other critters. Principle 2: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces : Scrim...

Get Involved in a Leave No Trace Service Project

Lake Tahoe, CA: Service projects are a great way to get involved in your community, support Leave No Trace, and enjoy your world. Whether you volunteer at a trash clean up to raise awareness about Disposing of Waste Properly, or take part in a trail build that makes it easier to Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, your efforts make a big difference in protecting our public lands for everyone! Check out our calendar to see if we have a project coming up near you. Look Good. Have Fun. Leave No Trace. Emy and Alex Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No...

Acadia National Park a Leave No Trace Hot Spot

Bar Harbor, ME: Acadia National Park was nominated for a 2016 Hot Spot, these are public areas that are in danger of being loved to death by recreation. As more and more people are going to visit Acadia National Park it is imperative that we, as visitors, are educated and understand how we can protect the park during our visit. Check out some of the great people we worked with during the Acadia National Park Hot Spot, in our Trainer Course blog . 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...

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