Training

Using the Thumb Trick: Keep a Safe Distance From Wildlife

New Paltz, NY: Would you like to learn about how we can respect wildlife while we are out on the trail by using the thumb trick? It's easy, make a thumbs up, extend your arm all the way, close one eye, and see if you can hide the animal with your thumb. If you can't hide the entire animal with your thumb take a few steps back and try again. When you can hide the whole animal, this means you are a safe distance from wildlife. Enjoy the trail! Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Leave No Trace’s Stephanie Whatton and Andy Mossey are part of the 2016 Subaru/...

5 Tips to Leave No Trace on the Slopes

Vail, CO: Enjoy our latest video on how to minimize your impact on the slopes. Thanks for watching and remember to be like the Center’s mascot Bigfoot and Leave No Trace. Pat and TJ - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer West Central Team Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley 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 Subaru of America, Deuter, Eagles Nest Outfitters, REI, and Smartwool,.

Planning Ahead and Prepare for Winter Recreation

Keene Valley, NY: With newly fallen snow in the Adirondacks, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers share how they Plan Ahead and Prepare for a ski tour in freezing temperatures. Carrying essential items is of the utmost importance for comfort, safety, and the ability to Leave No Trace. So what are the essential items? We can break down these items into six categories. · Comfort: Clothing and extra layers for weather · Communication: Whistle, phone, and/or reflective mirror · Nutrition: Food and water · Navigation: Map and compass, and/or a GPS device · Fixing Gear: Repair kit,...

Village Outdoor Shop - King, NC

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be on site facilitating a Leave No Trace workshop on the seven principles. Join us to learn tips and tricks on how to minimize your impact while recreating. The public is encouraged to attend! 

The North Face Workshop - Buckhead, GA

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will facilitate booth outreach at The North Face Retail Store in Buckhead, GA from 12-4pm on Saturday, January 23rd. Come visit them to learn tips and tricks about how to minimize your impact while recreating!

Bayou Teche--2015 Hot Spot

Breaux Bridge, LA--Wrapping up our 2015 Hot Spot s, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team discovered the importance, culture, and recreational impact surrounding the Bayou Teche. In January, 2015, the waterway was designated a national water trail due to its scenic 135 miles that stretch through four parishes (or counties). According to Conni Castille, executive director of the T.E.C.H.E. project who has a passion for Cajun culture and dancing to Zydeco music, "The Teche has historic and cultural value to us, and we are happy to share it with the nation. The trail...

The Hammock Life

Charleston, SC: After a busy day, how do you like to unwind? For some, the couch is a beckoning force, a place of solace and an opportunity to elevate ones feet. Life on the road as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers offers adventure at every turn. A bit of relaxation is important to stay balanced though, so at the end of the day we opt out from the couch and trade it in for an ENO Hammock. Put up your feet and take a load off. Enjoy the sounds of nature, a great book, and a cozy place to enjoy a warm meal. Our ENO Hammock is a sacred place for rest and relaxation. Whether it’s strung...

Does a bear poop in the woods? Of course! But if you do, bury it or pack it out.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX: This week we camped in the remote and gorgeous backcountry of the Guadalupe Mountains; fall was in the air, the leaves were vibrant colors, and we had starry nights. Unfortunately, we found human waste near our backcountry campsite in the park. We have seen far too many improper human waste disposal impacts as we travel around the country as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers; from toilet paper flowers, poop with simply with a rock placed on top of it, to poop just off the side on the trail. The negative aesthetic issue alone is often too much, but...

Keeping Wildlife Wild

Cherokee, NC: Great Smoky Mountain National Park is home to some to some of the most impressive landscapes found in the eastern United States. Waterfalls, exposed rock cliffs, and mountains that seemingly go on forever. This area is home to more than 60 mammals including black bears, elk, white-tailed deer, and the elusive bobcat. Visiting any national park is a special experience, an experience worth protecting. It is our job as visitors to understand the ways to protect wildlife while we are in their natural habitats. By doing so, we can preserve the quality of the experience for future...

Teaching Kids Respect Wildlife

Laredo, TX: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we teach Leave No Trace to thousands of kids all throughout the country at schools and in camps. Teaching kids the importance of staying a safe distance from wildlife and why we shouldn’t let animals eat our food is always well received by students. We have a couple of effective methods on how to teach kids the Respect Wildlife principle. Impacts Vs. Wildlife Set-up: You will need a field or a gymnasium to facilitate this activity. The only materials you will need will be two long ropes (50 feet) to...

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