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Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers...wait who?

Breaks Interstate Park, VA--You've been seeing a lot of the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers : but what does it mean to be one? Who are we and what is it we do...exactly? In short, we are a mobile education unit that travels the country teaching minimum impact practices and outdoor ethics. Currently there are four, two person teams of traveling trainers spread across the country; all living and working from our Subarus, by the rules of the road, and the paths of the wind. Nearly 200 nights a year you will find us sleeping in our North Face tent under the stars, sometimes the moon, and...

Protecting Patapsco Valley State Park

Ellicott City, MD: Patapsco Valley State Park was the site of a 2016 Hot Spot week. This gorgeous state park is a patchwork of public lands spreading along the valley of the Patapsco River. During the past week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers were on site to provide educational trainings and to participate in volunteer service projects. For two of the seven days, Steph and Andy put on their working gloves to help volunteers and the Maryland Conservation Corps to establish a designated parking lot in the Daniels region of the park. Before the project, this highly used area was...

Saving the A.T. at the 2016 Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot

Dawsonville, GA: Birds are singing, leaves are budding, and the falls are flowing. The changing of seasons here at Amicalola Falls State Park is the signal for some to start a huge endeavor, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. The 80 miles of Appalachian Trail in Georgia make up the 2016 Leave No Trace Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot. The Appalachian Trail is 2,189.1 miles in length, stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia to the craggy peak of Katahdin, Maine. A record breaking number of thru-hikers will be attempting the entire trail this year. Over 1,080 thru-hikers have started the...

Rocky Mountain Arsenal Service Learning

Boulder, Co: Earlier this month the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, East Central Team, held a workshop at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and participated in a service project for the preserve. Along with Leave No Trace, there were representatives present from Colorado Young Leaders and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado( VOC ). The group tackles the Helium Stick--a demonstration on what happens when we don't work together to lower our impacts This workshop consisted of 3 hours of activities and discussion centered on what it means to develop a wild-land ethic...

Namuli Film and Leave No Trace

Salt Lake City, UT: Conservation and outdoor adventure can be balanced to provide both an appreciation of our world and support local efforts up to nation wide efforts. A big thanks to all of the people, companies, and organizations that helped support a fundraiser for Ukalene Productions and Leave No Trace at the Outdoor Retailer Show this week. A very special thanks to the organizers and athletes from the community-backed film Namuli , which documented the spirit of exploration, biology, and conservation on one of the world least-explored and threatened habitats: Mount Namuli in Mozambique...

Leave No Trace Resolutions

St. Louis, MO: It is almost the beginning of a new year and another chance to make resolutions. The typical new years resolutions are to lose weight, quit a bad habit, or spend more time with your family and friends. We suggest to not only stick with the typical resolutions, but we also want to encourage everybody to add in a Leave No Trace resolution. Here are some examples of how you can resolve to limit your impact on the environment and on other visitors. Here are just a few examples for 2016: · Walk through mud puddles in the middle of the trail, rather then walking on...

Andre Houser - Texas State Advocate

Spring, TX: Without volunteers Leave No Trace couldn’t accomplish our mission to teach people to enjoy the outdoors responsibility. We are fortunate to have people all throughout the country putting on awareness workshops and trainer courses, promoting Leave No Trace to schools and scout troops, and land management personnel advocating for our message. As an organization we are fortunate to have the support of individuals all around the country that volunteer as State Advocates. State advocates put on a variety of trainings from: Awareness Workshops, Trainer Courses, Master Educator Courses,...

4 Reasons Why Parks Are Important

Oxford, MS— Hungry...Stop for a picnic lunch in a municipal park. Have an urge to fly a kite or toss around the ol’ pigskin? There is a field in the nearby urban oasis with your name on it. Have you been cooped up in the office all day and need to stretch your legs? Pop on some roller-blades and hit the paths at your local green space for some easy-to-access and much needed time outdoors. As outdoor enthusiasts we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer East Central Team, take every opportunity to visit local parks and green spaces while on the road. City and neighborhood parks provide a...

Bayou Teche--2015 Hot Spot

Breaux Bridge, LA--Wrapping up our 2015 Hot Spot s, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team discovered the importance, culture, and recreational impact surrounding the Bayou Teche. In January, 2015, the waterway was designated a national water trail due to its scenic 135 miles that stretch through four parishes (or counties). According to Conni Castille, executive director of the T.E.C.H.E. project who has a passion for Cajun culture and dancing to Zydeco music, "The Teche has historic and cultural value to us, and we are happy to share it with the nation. The trail...

Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink

Breaux Bridge, LA—The Trash Bash and Boogie an annual event that takes place along the Bayou Teche that stretches 135 miles through the heart of Cajun country. Bayou Teche has recently been designated a National Water Trail by the Department of the Interior and is one of 18 waterways that have received this prestigious designation in the United States. Ribbon cutting for one of the eight new floating docks along the Teche This sign just about sums it up A smile that says, "Sunshine!" on what was otherwise a rainy day Although the Teche has been so highly...

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