Traveling Trainers

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

Dakota Five-O - Spearfish, SD

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be at the Dakota Five-O mountain bike race educating mountain bicyclists and spectators about how to minimize your impacts and protect the outdoors while mountain bicycling and during other outdoor activities. Stop by our booth during race packet pick up and on race day to meet our team, test your Leave No Trace knowledge, and learn new tips and techniques about Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics.  

 

In praise of Colorado 13ers

Westcliffe, CO : 14ers are a point of pride in Colorado, for better and for worse. These 14,000+ peaks set the state apart, and nearly every resident can tell you how many they’ve hiked. The most difficult peaks call for serious mountaineering skills, but even relatively accessible 14ers require lung-busting climbs. It's Colorado credibility. But as the state’s population grows, these peaks are getting loved to death. There are only 54 to 58 14ers ( depending on who you ask ) , meaning all aspiring peakbaggers direct their attention to the same limited number of...

Summit Middle School - Boulder, CO

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will teach 7th & 8th graders at Summit Middle School about:

- the decomposition rates of various trash items commonly found on public lands and in public waters highlighting the long-term effects of improperly disposing of these items.  

- identifying our own personal ethics and how that relates to our recreation experiences in the outdoors and the decisions we make in those situations

Visitor Search & Rescues Drain Park Resources

Ridgway, CO: The first principle of Leave No Trace is Plan Ahead and Prepare. We often talk about this principle as setting one up for success to be able to practice the other six Leave No Trace principles (i.e. if you're prepared with a trowel, you're more likely to dig a cat hole for your human waste). However, the often overlooked side of Plan Ahead and Prepare lies when things go wrong due to poor planning or lack of preparation. Here we're talking about Search and Rescue (SAR). Search and Rescue Costs In 2017 alone, the National Park Service reported spending approximately $3.3 million...

3 Tips for Protecting Sea Turtles

Hampton, VA: Going to the beach this summer? You may not know it, but the months of May through early October are prime sea turtle nesting season in North America. Right now, there may be a mama turtle laying a nest of over 100 little eggs on a beach near you. Check out our video and blog below for three easy things you can do to help protect these beautiful creatures! Tip #1: Pack up your stuff and throw away trash - It's easy for your things to get away from you on a windy day on the beach, and it might seem convenient to leave your beach chair or sun shade out on the sand...

Bigfoot, reporting live from the Girl Scout Jamboree

Flagstaff, Arizona-- Big news on Bigfoot! Our favorite furry spokes-monster turned up at the Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scout Jamboree last month. Here he is, reporting live for Channel 7, on the seven principles of Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace's Joe Besl and Joe Creaghead are part of the 2018 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, REI, Eagles Nest...

What are we even doing here? A reflection on the value of Leave No Trace

Lansing, Michigan - Folks frequently raise various issues when we introduce them to what we do with Leave No Trace: “Shouldn’t you be trying to eliminate plastic?” “Residents of Flint don’t have access to clean drinking water.” “What are you doing about the opening of our public lands to extraction?” As an environmental ethics organization, the wide variety of environmental ethics issues are laid at our feet, many of which are serious and urgent issues. We respond by acknowledging the importance of dealing with single-use plastics, addressing social injustice, preserving public land for...

Group Poop: How to Dig a Latrine to Dispose of Human Waste in a Large Group

Boulder, CO: Whether you're in a scout troop, trail crew, outdoor club, summer camp, or any other large group spending time in the outdoors, disposing of human waste properly is one of the most critical elements of your trip. Human waste contains harmful pathogens that risk polluting our water sources and spreading diseases to insect, rodents, and other humans visiting the area. If you're in a large group and away from developed restrooms, you'll need to dig a latrine to properly dispose of your human waste. USING A LATRINE: Though catholes are recommended for most situations, there are times...

10 Ways to Create Less Trash at Camp

Cape Hatteras, NC - Ever seen a ton of trash piled next to trash cans at your campsite? What about litter scattered around the campground? Maybe you pack things out, but are you doing these 10 things to create less trash in the first place? Why Does it Matter? We all produce a lot of trash while camping. From cooking, to cleaning, to hydrating, much of what we do creates waste and adds to our footprint. Camp trash can cause a lot of impacts too. If we do not Dispose of Waste Properly it can attract wildlife and lead to unintentionally feeding them. Our food and trash can...

Subaru owners show off their rides at Overland Expo

Flagstaff, AZ : We’re not the only ones living out of our car. Each May, 14,000 people descend on Northern Arizona with their tricked-out lived-in vehicles for the annual Overland Expo West. This massive event celebrates self-guided travel, exploring by vehicle, camping every night, and living life on an endless road trip. Sound familiar? We spotted a few Subarus among the herd of much more massive RVs at this annual mechanical rendezvous, and decided to ask a few owners what they love about their Subaru, and how they Leave No Trace when they’re exploring their world…...

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