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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...

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...

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...

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...

What is a Leave No Trace Master Educator?

Davenport, IA: Leave No Trace partners with groups to foster a responsible outdoor ethic. Our partners keep Leave No Trace thriving around the world. There are various levels of partnerships that support Leave No Trace. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is one such partner. The ATC is a nonprofit who's mission is "to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come." LEAVE NO TRACE VISITS APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY MASTER EDUCATOR COURSE...

Top 5 Podcasts for Your Adventure Road Trip

I-80 West, WY: Adventure time means travel time. Driving to remote and beautiful places can take hours. While there are tons of tricks for staying entertained on the road we have one trick that works every time, podcasts! Part of our pre-trip planning is to download the newest episodes of our favorite radio shows and podcasts. Check out the blog below to find out what our top 5 podcasts are for road-trip adventures while we Leave No Trace. 5) The Sharp End: 20-30 Minutes Ashley Saupe hosts this new podcast, she highlights impressive stories found in the annual, Accidents...

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...

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...

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