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Any information pertaining to the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program

A Leave No Trace Guide to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Munising, MI: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers a bit of everything the upper peninsula of Michigan is known for. Whether you hike, backpack, paddle, birdwatch, picnic or ice climb, this park has something for you. But with ease of access improvements and the nationwide increase in outdoor recreation, the area is facing significant impact pressure. Visitation to Pictured Rocks has increased by 40% over the last four years! This led to the area being nominated as a 2018 Hot Spot . Traveling Trainers spent a week at Pictured Rocks working with National Park staff to...

In An Age of Catastrophic Wildfire, Leave No Trace More Important Than Ever

Santa Fe, NM: Over 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt established the U.S. Forest Service to manage what would become America’s 193-million acre national forests and grasslands for the benefit of all Americans. Today, that mission is being consumed by the ever-increasing costs of fighting fires. In the past 20 years, the portion of the Forest Service’s budget that is dedicated to fire was underestimated and as a result fire management started borrowing from other activities of the Forest Service, like recreation, restoration, invasive weed control, capital...

Cache In, Trash Out

Seattle, WA: Calling all geocachers! It’s time to Cache In, Trash Out (CITO). Twice a year, Geocaching highlights worldwide CITO cleanup events, where geocachers can give back to the trails and protected lands they love to explore. You can join this effort on Sept. 15-23, 2018, when geocachers and community groups work together to improve parks and other outdoor environments. Find a few geocaches in your neck of the woods, then head out into the literal woods for a day cleaning up litter, removing invasive species, building trails, and more. If you’re new to this, geocaching...

Cheaha State Park - Delta, AL

In 2016, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics announced 10 exemplary outdoor areas across the country to receive new Leave No Trace seal of approval as Leave No Trace Gold Standard Sites, including Cheaha State Park.

Water Canyon Recreation Area - Winnemucca, NV

In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management's Winnemucca Field Office, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be at the Water Canyon Recreation Area educating the public about minimizing their impacts and enjoying the outdoors responsibly in this popular multi-use area. 

Wilderness Words: Carr

Georgetown, Colorado: Traveling trainers are always talking about their cars. But today, we want to talk about the other type of carr. A carr is a variety of wetland characterized by low woody plants like willows and alders. It's like a swamp, but with shrubs instead of trees. When hiking through a carr, stay on the designated trail, even if your boots get wet. And they will get wet. Learn more in the video below: Leave No Trace's Joe Besl and Joe Creaghead are part of the 2018 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free,...

Northwest Women at University of Washington - Seattle, WA

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be providing Leave No Trace training as part of a hike for the leadership of Northwest Women at the University of Washington. Participants will learn about outdoor ethics and how to minimize their impacts while leading hikes and other outdoor activities.


Palisade Rim Trail - Palisade, CO

In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management's Grand Junction Field Office, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be at the Palisade Rim Trail educating trail runners, hikers, cyclists, and local volunteers about minimizing their impacts and enjoying the outdoors responsibly in this popular multi-use area. 

Anatomy of a Successful Hot Spot

Aspen, CO: Imagine a cross between a frat party and a Phish concert. Now drop that scene onto a high alpine basin with a small hot springs pool and you’ve got an idea of the trouble that was facing Conundrum Hot Springs until recently. Trash, discarded clothing, exposed piles of human waste (yup, poop), loud groups and music playing on speakers, vegetation damage from trampling and firewood gathering, human-wildlife conflicts, and safety risks to unprepared hikers marred the wilderness character of this otherwise idyllic spot high in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness...

What's With All the Dog Poop Bags?

Long Eddy, NY: Does your walk routine with your furry best friend look something like this? Grab poop bag. Walk dog. Pick up poop. Leave bag on ground because you’ll definitely grab it on the way back. Walk back to car and realize that you definitely forgot the fully loaded poop bag on the ground. Doh! Down with picking up dog doo, but need a better way to carry it? Check out this video for easy ways to hold onto used dog poop bags until you can throw them away in the trash. Dog Poop FAQs We’ve discovered that there’s often no malice behind leaving poop bags...