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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...

The Yield Triangle

Columbia, MD: The yield triangle is an illustration depicting the standard of yielding between different user groups while out on a greenway or other multipurpose trail. It is important to respect the yield triangle while out on the trail to be considerate of other people and to promote a safe trail environment. For hikers and cyclists it is imperative to be cautious around horseback riders. This is because horses are large animals that have the potential to spook easily, posing a safety hazard to the rider, horse, or even the hiker or biker. It is always best to communicate with the rider to...

Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers...wait who?

Breaks Interstate Park, VA--You've been seeing a lot of the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers : but what does it mean to be one? Who are we and what is it we do...exactly? In short, we are a mobile education unit that travels the country teaching minimum impact practices and outdoor ethics. Currently there are four, two person teams of traveling trainers spread across the country; all living and working from our Subarus, by the rules of the road, and the paths of the wind. Nearly 200 nights a year you will find us sleeping in our North Face tent under the stars, sometimes the moon, and...

The North Face Endurace Challenge

Washington, D.C.: Mud, sweat, and more mud were the main ingredients during this years’ Washington D.C. North Face Endurance Challenge. A blustery and wet week turned into an artic blast this past Saturday for the 50 mile and 50k races. Runners battled their way through 50 miles of rocky, muddy terrain while pushing through frigid 30-degree temperatures. The North Face encourages individuals to never stop exploring and to always Leave No Trace during those epic adventures. Cold and rainy weather turned every bare part of the trail into a mud puddle, turning this race into a truly epic...

Learning the Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Rising Fawn, GA--Learn, remember, and teach the Leave No Trace Seven Principles in a fun and interactive way! Curious about any of the things we mentioned in the video? Take a walk through some of our other Leave No Trace blogs to learn about catholes , rule of thumb , how to leave what we find , and what it means to be careful with fire . See you on the trail! Katelyn and Blake Leave No Trace’s Katelyn and Blake 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...

Fluffing the Duff

Dawsonville, GA: What is the, "duff"? Duff, is the layer of ground made up of leaves, sticks, and loose organic soil. This layer of duff can be easily compacted by tents at campsites. Avoid leaving your mark by fluffing the duff after your stay, keeping the campsite looking as pristine as possible for others to enjoy. Steph and Andy – Su baru/Leave No Tra ce 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...

Clean Your Bottom!

Springfield, MO--Springtime invites you to take advantage of the sunshine and dancing waterways; but after a day of paddling, don't forget to clean your bottom! Your boat's bottom, that is. Giving your boat a good scrub before heading back home can help eliminate the spread of invasive species, invasive species that may be trying to hitchhike their way into new ecosystems. Do your best to remove all small seeds and micro-organisms; if accidentally transferred, these hitchhikers may be introduced to a new area/region creating an imbalance. 42% of endangered species are actually put out by...

Saving the A.T. at the 2016 Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot

Dawsonville, GA: Birds are singing, leaves are budding, and the falls are flowing. The changing of seasons here at Amicalola Falls State Park is the signal for some to start a huge endeavor, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. The 80 miles of Appalachian Trail in Georgia make up the 2016 Leave No Trace Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot. The Appalachian Trail is 2,189.1 miles in length, stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia to the craggy peak of Katahdin, Maine. A record breaking number of thru-hikers will be attempting the entire trail this year. Over 1,080 thru-hikers have started the...

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