Traveling Trainers

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

Respect Wildlife - Securing Food and Trash

As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we focus heavily on the Leave No Trace principle Respect Wildlife. When we talk about how to minimize our impacts on wildlife, we stress both keeping food and trash away from wildlife, as well as staying a safe and appropriate distance from wildlife. Typically we end up concentrating on bears for the most part when we are teaching about Respect Wildlife. This week’s blog is about the importance of keeping food from the other types of wildlife out there. We had a chance to visit the Channel Island National Park in California last week and we had to...

Winter Recreation

The season for winter recreation is here! It is time to get out the skis, snowboards, and snowshoes to go out and enjoy the resorts and backcountry areas we love. Whether it is a day at your local slopes or a backcounty trip spent skiing to a hut there are always Leave No Trace considerations to keep in mind. So when you spend time outside in the winter remember how the Leave No Trace principles can help you out there. In order to ensure not only a fun trip, but a safe trip planning ahead and preparing is essential for a successful trip outside in the winter. · Check snow conditions and the...

Selecting a campsite

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces involves making the best decision you can to lesson the impact your campsite will have on an area. You want to make sure that you are 200 feet from water and trails in the Backcountry, when selecting a site. In the Frontcountry you want to camp in designated areas, and stay within the boundaries of the designated campsite. Use your best judgment when selecting a backcountry campsite. Select an area that consists of durable surfaces, such as rock, sand, dry grass, or compacted dirt. Decide if your group would be better off in a pristine campsite, or an...

Authority of the Resource

How do you approach someone that is doing something that is, “Less than Leave No Trace”, maybe they are littering, feeding wildlife, carving their name into a tree, or taking an antler shed out of the environment. Whatever the issue is, there is a technique that you can use called the Authority of the Resource (AR) developed by Dr. George N. Wallace. Using AR can help a person confront and influence people that are doing something that damages the environment or other people’s recreational experiences. According to Webster’s, “authority” means “the power to influence or command thought,...

Hunting Ethics

Hunting is a great American pastime and helped shape many of our first public lands. Hunting has the potential to be very impactful on the environment if individuals are careless with their actions. The Leave No Trace Principles for Hunting cover how we can minimize our impact while hunting. The Center views hunting as a legitimate, traditional and acceptable outdoor recreational pursuit. The Center respects the long-standing tradition of hunting on public lands, expects all hunters to abide by all applicable state game and hunting laws, and encourages all hunters to adhere to the Leave No...

Castlewood State Park - Ballwin, MO

Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers at Castlewood State Park outside of St. Louis for a day of outreach!

Leave No Trace Fishing

Roaring River State Park, Missouri: This past weekend we spent time fishing and hiking at a trout stocked, spring fed river in Missouri. Missouri State Parks stocks the Roaring River with up to 1,400 rainbow and brown trout on busy weekends for the 600 plus anglers that visit and attempt to either catch their first fish or a lunker. There are over 50 million anglers in United States, making it one of the most popular and oldest sports. With such a large amount of people getting out to use the nation’s waterways, utilizing Leave No Trace skills and ideas can alleviate the impacts that anglers...

Caves

Carlsbad Caverns, Arizona: Caves are one of nature’s most amazing environments to explore and challenge oneself in. Unfortunately, visitors to caves can have an impact on the fragile features and wildlife that exists under our feet. If people use good judgment and travel through caves with knowledgeable people, then cave related impacts can be minimized. In order to find knowledgeable cavers, check your local chapter of the National Speleological Society (NSS). In order to plan ahead and prepare for your cave travels, educate yourself on a variety of topics. Ask for permission before entering...

Coastal Environments

Charleston, South Carolina: Over the past few weeks we have traveled through the Southeast along the coastlines of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. The wildlife, sandy beaches, and recreational activities have been a treat for two people that are not from a coastal area. Thanks to the Dry Tortugas and Biscayne Bay National Parks and our partner The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission we learned a lot about how to Leave No Trace when you are snorkeling, playing on the beach, or sea kayaking. There is a lot of important information about traveling and camping on durable...

Telluride Bluegrass Festival-Telluride, CO

For 40 years Festivarian Nation has made the annual pilgrimage to 8,750' in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado for 4 days of community, inspiration, and unbridled acoustic adventures.

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