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Leave No Trace Skills Series: How to Plan a Backcountry Trip

Boulder, CO: Planning an overnight backcountry trip and not sure where to start? Or just want to make sure you’re minimizing your impacts in the backcountry? Either way, check out the video below for pro tips on what to do before you hit the dusty (or sandy, snowy or rocky) trail. Being prepared for your backcountry experience will make your trip more fun, safer and will keep you from damaging your favorite outdoor places. 1. Fancy equipment won’t help you much if you don’t know how to use it. Check for outdoor skills classes at your local outdoor store, college or...

Get Your Dose of Vitamin Nature with Leave No Trace

Boulder, CO: Scientific research is increasingly demonstrating what many of us have known for years - time spent in nature is an overwhelmingly restorative experience. The mounting body of evidence continues to show that time spent in nature is beneficial for mental, emotional, and physical health. Attention and Concentration Researchers from the University of Michigan found that individuals who spent time in natural environments performed better on tasks involving directed-attention activities than individuals who spent time in an urban environment. Their...

Take These Tips to the Alpine

Franconia Notch, NH: This unique environment is home to hundreds of species of plants, insects, lichens, and wildlife. The organisms living here are only found in this elevation and environment, making them incredibly rare. When hikers visit during the day or on a backpacking trip, each step we take in the alpine creates the potential for big impacts to sensitive vegetation. It is up to each and every one of us to do our part while visiting alpine zones. Below are the essential tips and tricks to know for your next adventure in the mountains. Plan Ahead and Prepare...

Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse?

Boulder, Colorado: Are you ready for the 2017 Solar Eclipse Across America? Check out our video and blog below for tips on preparing for this historic event! 1. Know before you go: With over seven million people traveling to see the eclipse, you're sure to find lots of traffic, and little to no cell phone service, food, or other supplies available in the path of totality . Make sure you bring everything you'll need for a five to six day trip, since most agencies anticipate that roads in and out of the eclipse zone will be gridlocked at least two days before...

Having The (Pooping in the Woods) Talk with Your Kids

Indianapolis, IN: As children get older, they seek out ways to assert their independence: taking responsibility for different parts of their lives, consulting friends rather than parents for advice, and, sometimes, taking the easy way instead of the right way out of situations. For outdoors-loving families, one of the ways kids assert themselves - and at a young age - is taking care of bathroom requirements on their own. While it's easy to do with the toilets they're used to, on trails and trips where there are no toilets, it can be much easier to form bad habits, especially...

Five Great Leave No Trace Educational Resources

Boulder, CO: We believe Leave No Trace should be part of every child’s educational experience. In fact, that’s the motivation behind our Leave No Trace for Every Kid initiative. While the Traveling Trainers reach thousands of kids each year with direct Leave No Trace education, we know that parents, teachers, scout leaders, camp staff, and everyone with kids in his or her life can play a pivotal role in helping them develop an outdoor ethic. While on the road, we are often asked for our favorite Leave No Trace educational materials, so we’ve compiled a list of resources for...

RockyGrass: Always working towards more Sustainable Festivation

Lyons, CO: RockyGrass is a three day long festival filled with music, food and drink, arts and crafts, relaxation and fun diversions. Also, let's not forget tubing the river and campsite pickin' gatherings! RockyGrass is always looking for new ways to help practice Leave No Trace at their festival and has done an amazing job of building Sustainable Festivation as a community ethic. "How does one RockyGrass?", you ask. Click the video for some quick tips on enjoying RockyGrass. RockyGrass has been going since 1973, but in 1992, Planet Bluegrass put down their roots in Lyons,...

Outdoor Retailers Love Leave No Trace: Learn about our partners Klean Kanteen, Deuter, and ENO

Salt Lake City, UT: We recently wrapped up a whirlwind week at Outdoor Retailer! Our Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers spent the week educating attendees and raising awareness about Leave No Trace practices. Despite the busy week, we found some time to catch up with a few of our Traveling Trainer sponsors to find out why they love their Leave No Trace partnership. Klean Kanteen, Deuter, and Eagles Nest Outfitters are incredible supporters of Leave No Trace. Their support allows us increase our nationwide reach and boost the frequency of our programming. Klean Kanteen...

Grand Success at Grand Teton National Park Hot Spot

Moran, WY: Grand Teton National Park is one of America's most iconic destinations. Craggy peaks erupt from the sagebrush valley skirted by pine forest and azure lakes, forcing all who pass to stop and marvel at this geologic wonder. Yet, Grand Teton National Park has seen a 23 percent increase in visitation in just four years, with 2016 seeing a record-breaking 4.8 million visitors. Although Grand Teton is a large national park, many of these 4.8 million visits are concentrated in certain frontcountry areas, creating concentrated areas of impact. In particular, String Lake...

Would You Invite Yourself Back? Leave No Trace at Festivals

Coeur D’Alene, ID : Love a festival? Us too! Music, dancing, food, fun and friends…what’s not to like? Well…maybe a few things. Bringing thousands of people together can have negative impacts on the land, wildlife, and on visitors and locals. But, with a bit of planning and knowledge, festival fun doesn’t have to keep you from being on your best Leave No Trace behavior! Check out this video for easy things everyone can do to Leave No Trace at festivals, then read on for even more tips and tricks. 1. An easy way to create less waste at festivals is to arrive with less waste...

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