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A Hot Spot To Protect McAfee Knob

Catawba, VA: A crisp breeze slices through the air, and puddles fill spaces in the uneven ground as the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers wrap-up a week of 20 Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops, each a part of the McAfee Knob Hot Spot week. The four mile-long section of Appalachian Trail is the gateway for McAfee Knob and its iconic diving board rock. This precipice of rock overlooking the Roanoke Valley is host to thousands of visitors each hiking season. A favorite trail among many people living in the surrounding towns and cities, the knob is in danger of being loved to death. The...

Kansas State Advocate - Jay Stires

Oskaloosa, KS: Jay Stires has been bringing Leave No Trace education to the Heartland for the last five years as the Leave No Trace Kansas state advocate. Jay is an exceptional person that not only cares about the outdoors, but also wants to share his love of the natural world with other people. Jay has loved wondering, hiking, and being outside for all of his life and has traveled throughout the country and world with his family. In 2003 he attended a Master Educator course in Yellowstone National Park with the National Outdoor Leadership School he was hooked on teaching and promoting Leave...

2015 Hi-Cone Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup!

Chicago, IL— Did you know that 30% of all the garbage produced in the world comes from the United States? That’s an incredible amount considering that we have less than 5% of the entire worlds population living here. With 40% of our rivers polluted our water sources like the Great Lakes are becoming ever more important for clean drinking water. This is just one reason why we need to make a commitment to keeping our resources healthy. 3 easy ways to keep the Earth clean: Be mindful of where our trash is ending up. Be aware of the waste we are producing when purchasing over-packaged goods...

Minimize Waste to Maximize Space

Minneapolis, MN--Dastardly trash flitters across the parking lot as its potential captor follows in hot pursuit. Every gust of wind helps the debris slink between cars and roll around light posts as it takes aim for a precise exit by way of the storm drain. Once within the dark passages of the drain, the trash will forever be on the run, freely able to wreak havoc on the earth: baiting marine life, contaminating our water, and littering our shorelines. These trash escapees are ever slipping from our overloaded hands, shopping bags, and car doors--they must be better confined, barred within...

Let's Keep The Linville Gorge Gorge-ous

Marion, NC: Steep rock walls, towering peaks, and cascading waterfalls create the wilderness area of the iconic, Linville Gorge. Any outdoor enthusiast would feel at home in the gorge with miles of trails connecting the river with the peaks above. With an increasing amount of visitors each year, the gorge is under threat of being loved to death. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers made their way to the Linville Gorge for a week long Hot Spot to help aid in the protection of this heavily used wilderness area. The major impacts that we witnessed during our adventures in the gorge are...

Nordhouse Dunes Hot Spot--2015

Nordhouse Dunes, MI--Welcome to the Huron Manistee National Forest! This past week, we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team visited the Nordhouse Dunes, taking a proactive stance to educate the increasing amount of recreationists at this popular location so we can continue enjoying this fragile ecosystem. So what do you need to know before visiting this Hot Spot? Leave No Trace’s Katelyn Stutterheim and Blake Jackson are part of the 2015 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud...

Nominate a Leave No Trace Hot Spot

Boulder, CO: Is there an outdoor area in the country that you love and want to see an increase in Leave No Trace education facilitated throughout the land management agencies, guiding companies that utilize the area, and visitors that recreate on that land? Do you have a favorite trail, mountain, beach, canyon, forest, or river that is degraded by litter, trampling, campfire scars, human and dog waste, impacts to wildlife, or inconsiderate visitors and you don’t know how to mitigate these impacts? A Leave No Trace Hot Spot is the answer! You can nominate a Leave No Trace “Hot Spot” anywhere...

Push it to the Limit

Northfield, MA: This week, we (the Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team) spent time with the extreme athletes competing at the Northfield, Massachusetts Ragnar Trail Relay. Each team completed 118.4 miles of trail, 2,700 feet of elevation within 24 hours. Companies like Smartwool, Goal Zero, and Solomon supported the racers with trial gear, swag, and encouragement. At our booth, we talked to the runners, and their support teams, about several Leave No Trace principles they could implement during their 24 relay. Some of the tips included: Sticking to the middle of the...

Top Five Reasons Why You Should Run an Awareness Workshop

Jackson, Wyoming: Wilderness Adventures has trips all over the country and world for pre-teens to college students. With over 80 instructors and 600 participants taking trips down rivers, up mountains, through canyons, and various forests throughout the country, we are proud to have them as an educational partner at Leave No Trace. Last weekend we had the privilege to put on a four-hour awareness workshop for all 80 instructors on how to teach their participants to minimize their impact when they are traveling and camping in the outdoors. Working with WA got us thinking about how important...

M_SSI_G PIEC_S

Little River State Park, Waterbury, VT: Exploring the outdoors can come in many forms: high-adventure exploits, casual strolls through a park, or journeys through time. Dotting the globe, heritage sites feature historical remains that offer a peak into the lives of generations before us--they are an integral piece to the human puzzle. Our story. Our culture. We, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer East Central Team, have spent the last week in Waterbury, Vermont working with local groups like the Green Mountain Club and exploring some of the local history left behind from the Civilian...

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