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Skills Series: Invasive Species & Cleaning Gear

Austin, TX: The fourth principle of Leave No Trace is to Leave What You Find . In this addition of the Leave No Trace Skills Series we talk about how to stop the spread of invasive species through the cleaning of outdoor gear. What is an invasive species you ask? An invasive species is non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration whose introduction causes or is likely to cause environmental harm. Invasive species can be plants, animals, and other organisms (e.g., microbes). Human actions are the primary means of invasive species introductions. On Invasivespeciesinfo.gov you can...

Leave No Trace for Your Camp!

Albuquerque, NM: In 2016, Leave No Trace created a curriculum using several diverse and holistic approaches in order to maximize the program's impact on youth: experiential education, independent practice, skill mastery, interactive resources, K-8 core standard tools, and organizational accreditation. We developed this curriculum with camps and youth programs in mind because believe Leave No Trace is best taught in the context of the outdoors, where open spaces and natural areas serve as the setting to teach kids how to care for nature. Camps offer kids the best opportunity to spend extended...

Leave No Trace and Hueco Rock Rodeo

Hueco, TX: Last week Leave No Trace participated in the 24th annual Hueco Rock Rodeo . This annual climbing competition features bouldering. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is done without the use of traditional climbing gear, that is ropes or harnesses. Climbers use climbing shoes to help secure footholds, chalk to keep their hands dry, and bouldering crash pads to prevent injuries from falls. Hueco Tanks State Park is in a high altitude desert near El Paso, Texas. Hueco is spanish for "hollows". The huecos refer to the many water-holding depressions in the boulders and rock faces...

Go Canoeing, Leave No Trace

Durham, NC: Whenever friends get together outside; you’re bound to have a great time. This last weekend we visited some great friends while going on an adventure to visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Check out this week’s video to see how we left no trace while canoe camping near a gorgeous wildlife refuge. The first step to any successful trip is to plan it out. Taking each of the seven principles into account, we were prepared for the entirety of our trip. Check out the outline below to see how Leave No Trace applies to canoe camping. Plan Ahead and Prepare: Check...

Backcountry Buzz

Sedona, AZ: Do you need caffeine to be a happy camper? Don't want to pack in the coffee maker? Not sure what to do with the messy grounds? Here are a few tech tips we use on the road and in the backcountry for our morning brew. Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the 2017 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, Fjallraven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, Taxa Outdoors and SmartWool.

Top 5 Stormy Day Leave No Trace Reads

Reno, NV: Winter can be a great time to test out our your waterproof gear but it can also mean stormy nights cuddled around a fireplace. Here are a few of our top reads for keeping your adventurous, minimum-impact soul alive and well, even when you don't feel like braving the weather: Finder's Keepers: A Tale of Archeological Plunder and Obsession By Craig Childs Childs asks the question, where do artifacts belong? In a box under our bed? In a museum collection? Left where it was found to weather from the elements of nature? Following his search for an answer, Childs unveils the ethical...

Bigfoot Tries Sledding

El Paso, TX: As we all know Bigfoot is the ultimate Leave No Trace champion. This winter Bigfoot wanted to enjoy the snow and tried his hand at sledding. Check out the video below to see Bigfoot in action! Sledding is a great winter activity. When the snow is more than six inches deep it is considered a durable surface . Travel Well, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to...

What Should be Stored Inside of a Bear Canister?

Harrisonburg, VA: It may still be winter but we are starting to plan for our spring backpacking trips. Spring is a wonderful time of the year to get outdoors but also a really important time to respect wildlife. Bears will be waking from their winter hibernation and no doubt, will be looking for food and anything that may smell like it. Bear canisters are an easy to way to protect bears from eating our human food. Feeding bears (even accidentally) leads to habituation, and habituation with food conditioning leads to relocation or even euthanasia; just like the infamous saying goes, “A fed...

Learn Multi-use Trail Responsibility

Boulder, CO: Do you like to get out on the trail? There are many different activities that use trails, such as: dog walking, hiking, trail running, horseback riding, and mountain biking. In this video we talk about the importance of being considerate of other visitors and traveling on durable surfaces . Check it out: Travel Well, Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to...

Abandoned Sleds Need a Forever Home

South Lake Tahoe, CA: Sledding can be a fun way to get the whole family outdoors. Watching as little Jane's hair whisks behind her as she barrels down the mountain, learning the joy of speed. Johnny takes a tumble, but just when you think he'll let out a wail and end the day, he picks up his sled and marches toward the top. Jane and Johnny are having a blast and learning a lot. At the end of the day, the outing suddenly cut short by a broken sled, please don't teach Jane and Johnny that leaving your broken sled at the base of the mountain is O.K. Set a good example by leaving our outdoor...

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