Traveling Trainers

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

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...

Doody Calls: Leave No Trace by Packing Out Dog Waste

South Lake Tahoe, CA: On a recent trip into the Lake Tahoe backcountry we were astounded to see a minefield of dog waste and bagged dogged waste dotting what should otherwise be a pristine snowfield. This trail, located at the end of a residential neighborhood has become a literal dumping grounds for the folks living in the neighborhood. This high concentration of uncollected dog waste is astounding, but it is not unique. In parks, forests, meadows, trails, beaches, and outdoor recreation destinations across the country, dog waste issues are starting to pile up. When uncollected, your pet's...

Fighting Graffiti in the Red River Gorge

Moab, UT: Last October a team of Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers visited the Red River Gorge National Geologic Area near Stanton, Kentucky to conduct a Hot Spot Revisit. This means that the Red River Gorge National Geologic Area was deemed "loved to death" and the agency that manages the area reached out to Leave No Trace for a Hot Spot. While we visited the area we conduct studies and try solve land use problems so that we can enjoy this special place now and forever. One of the biggest problems that the Red River Gorge National Geologic Area faces is graffiti. Leave No Trace fights...

Pop Quiz: Do You Know How to Leave No Trace?

Plattsburgh, NY: Leaving no trace is an easy way to help protect the natural world. However, times change and recommended Leave No Trace skills and ethics change too. Do you know what it takes to Leave No Trace today? Take our quiz to test your knowledge. No matter what your score turns out to be it’s important to remember; it doesn’t matter what you have done yesterday or today, it’s about the choices we make tomorrow and in the future. By continuing to do our part, we can all protect nature and the animals who call it home. Thank you for doing your part to Leave No Trace! If you would like...

The Most Important Part of Any Adventure...

Alturas, CA: Some years back, a few car loads of my friends and I were heading out to a remote cabin. Our headlights traced through the darkness as we drove down icy dirt roads. My friend Chris noticed that he had not seen the rigs behind us for some time. We pulled over and waited a spell until finally our friend's truck pulled up. "Chris crashed off the side of the road," he announced. We turned around and headed back. I traded my sneakers for the boots I had brought. The SUV was down an embankment and wrapped around a large pine tree. Our buddy Brad had been lying down in the backseat, his...

The Leave No Trace Bloggies: 4 Favorite Video Blogs from 2016

Boulder, CO: Last year, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers created more than 100 blog entries , in both written and video formats, on topics ranging from recreating in front-country parks to traveling in remote settings. Recently, we asked them to nominate their favorite posts from 2016. The results are in, and the Trainers have donned elegant gowns and tuxedos as they await the chance to stroll the red carpet—a very durable surface, by the way—and accept their coveted Bloggies. Best Blog Set in a National Park: The award goes to Andy and Steph for Acadia National...

Leave No Trace Ski Tips

Park City, UT: Ski season is here, are you ready to enjoy your world and Leave No Trace in the snow? Here are a few tips and tricks to remember the Leave No Trace Seven Principles while having fun on the mountain. It is easy to Plan Ahead and Prepare for your day on the mountain. Always remember to check the weather so that you are warm enough. It is also important to carry a trail map of the runs on the mountain to make sure you are skiing or snowboarding at your ability. Also remember to check your equipment to have a safe day on the mountain. When you enjoy the outdoors in the snow...

Preventing the Posthole

Lake Placid, NY: Getting out for a hike on the trails in the winter time has a lot of perks; less people, warm jackets, soft snow, and a warm thermos. As you prepare for that wonderful hike into the snowy mountains though, will you be prepared to prevent your posthole? What is a, “posthole” anyway? Well, when walking thru the snow our boot prints sink deep into the snow creating big holes, know as postholes. Traveling on a trail that has big ruts and postholes is inefficient and dangerous for ankles. This is why snowshoes and skis are so important when out on the trails. These pieces of gear...

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