Training

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...

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...

Park Stewardship for the Next 100 Years

Bar Harbor, ME: Acadia National Park is celebrating its centennial this year, and is expected to host more than 2.8 million people. Thankfully, the park has amazing stewards to educate their visitors about responsible outdoor recreation. This last week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers provided a two-day Trainer Course for the Ridge Runners of Acadia National Park. Ridge Runners are people who educate visitors and help to preserve the natural landscape including fragile ecosystems throughout the park. This close connection with visitors means that Ridge Runners are at the forefront...

Repackaging Food to Reduce Waste

South Strafford, VT: Are you getting ready for a trip into the backcountry this summer? Try repackaging food for a simple way to save time in the kitchen and to reduce the amount of trash you will need to carry out. This easy to implement Tech Tip, makes a huge difference in the efficiency of a backcountry kitchen when it comes time to cook. There are many benefits to repackaging food including: Reduced pack weight Reduced total trash to carry out Reduces the chance of dropping granola bar wrappers/bags Portioned meals, making cooking easier! Organized meal selection Faster meal prep If you...

Do You Leave No Trace in the City?

New York, NY: The City is a great place to get outside and have fun. Parks and green spaces offer people a chance to get away from it all, while conveniently located in the heart of the city life. Leave No Trace is for the city too. So, how do you Leave No Trace while living the city life? Do you explore in the park, ride bikes, hike around, stop to smell the flowers, do yoga, lay in the grass, or enjoy an ice cream? Leave No Trace is for all of us, even in the city. Keep these great tips in mind while venturing about your metropolitan area. Know Before You Go: Pack food, water, and a map to...

Meet the Newest Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers!

Boulder, CO: May marks the start to another epic Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer tour! Three new teams are hitting the road to educate millions of people about Leave No Trace practices. At the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, everyone is buzzing with activity, finalizing the logistics for a year of education and life on the road. The Subaru’s are packed to the brim and ready to hit the road. We are stoked to introduce the newest Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. Without further ado, please help us welcome the three new teams! Team East Central: Amanda &...

Climb Hard & Protect the Peregrines

Gardiner, NY: On the Shawangunk Ridge, peregrine falcons are nesting on the steep east facing cliffs, intending to catch the morning sun. These birds of prey perch high above the ground to easily catch some air and hunt small animals down below. With spring here in the Gunks, it is height of the nesting season for peregrine falcons. As climbers come to visit and test their limits on the steep cliffs of the infamous quartz conglomerate rock we encourage all to check the rules and regulations . This way all visitors will be aware about route closures that are in effect, simply so we can all...

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