Traveling Trainers

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

Researchers Discover Traces of Pharmaceuticals and Other Contaminants in Colorado Backcountry Lakes

Denver, CO: Researchers from the United States Geological Survey in Colorado published new findings detailing the discovery of pharmaceuticals, hormones, pesticides, and other contaminants in both remote and accessible lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park. Common contaminants detected from water samples in this study were caffeine, camphor, para-cresol, and even DEET (the active ingredient in many insect repellents). While some of the contaminants discovered can be attributed to naturally occurring sources, other traces of pharmaceuticals, including oxycodone, are clearly a result of human...

Raft right this summer

Boulder, Colorado: It’s another scorching summer, and that local lazy river is looking pretty nice right now. But before you head to the creek with your floats and your friends, here are a few things to keep in mind… Map the route: Plan a route and locate a few existing, durable trails that lead to the water. By knowing the area, you can find exit routes that avoid stepping on creekside plants and further eroding stream banks. Check to see if you’re passing through residential areas or past busy trails, and keep the volume down along the...

How to Camp in Hot Weather

The dog days of summer are almost upon us, and that means two things. First, IT’S STILL SUMMER CAMPING SEASON! And, second, it’s HOT. Don’t let the heat keep you from taking advantage of summer weekends – read on for Traveling Trainer tips (we are full-time campers, after all) on how to have a cool trip no matter what the mercury says. Always pumped to find block ice on the road! 1. Block ice – If there’s anything that has revolutionized our #roadlife experience, it’s been discovering block ice. Block ice is large, solid rectangles of ice, usually sold in 10-pound...

Wilderness Words: Humus

Littleton, CO: Let's talk about humus. Humus is the dark organic material in fertile soils, full of microbes that can break down human waste. It's the perfect environment if you need to dig a cathole. Hummus, on the other hand, is a Middle Eastern chickpea spread. It's not the right environment for digging a cathole. Learn more about the difference between humus and hummus 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, mobile education to...

What to Do With Toilet Paper in the Outdoors

Mount Shasta, CA: Toilet paper on the sides of trails or in camp areas can certainly ruin your day. Visitors often recreate to experience an aloneness in the outdoors and nothing ruins that feeling of being away from others quite like seeing the evidence of someone's human waste. Besides toilet paper polluting our favorite places, it can also pose a threat to wildlife who may dig up or eat toilet paper while seeking the salts in our urine. The most Leave No Trace thing you can do is to pack out your toilet paper, we are seeing this become a requirement in many areas. We always Plan Ahead...

Our 5 Most Common Litter Sightings

Elkhart, IN: Living on the road and traveling campground to campground, we unfortunately see a great deal of litter. Whether we are in the mountains of New Hampshire or the beaches of North Carolina, there are a few types of trash we always find. Can you guess what the five most common types of trash we see are? 1. Orange Peels Orange peels can take as long as two years to decompose. There is a common misconception that “natural trash” such as orange peels, banana peels, apple cores, and shells from nuts and seeds are okay to leave behind on the trail, in campgrounds, or in...

Would You Drink It?

Ithaca, New York: Public lands are a massive source of drinking water in the United States. 180 million Americans get their drinking water from National Forest lands alone. Not only are we drinking this water, wildlife and vegetation depend on it as well. Drinking is not the only use for these water sources; they are also the places we love to hike, camp, paddle, and play on. To keep our water sources clean, we need to be mindful of what we are putting into them while we are there. There are many products that we use while recreating that can contaminate water when used too...

Lansing Isn't...

Lansing, MI: Lansing City Parks are a lot of things. They’re cool swimming pools. And favorite fishing spots. Lansing City Parks are the heart of the city. They’re playgrounds, kayak trips, and basketball courts for shooting hoops. Lansing parks are great places for a basketball game with friends. And they’re more than 20 miles of riverside trails for morning runs, long walks, wildlife watching, family bike rides, and even skateboarding with friends. More visitors are discovering that Lansing is a great place to paddle. But check out this video from the City of...

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.  

 

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

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