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Leave No Trace Super Heroes

Did you know the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has 48 volunteer State Advocates across the country?! These hardworking, dedicated individuals head-up a nationwide network of 25,000 volunteers that support Leave No Trace education and outreach in every region of the country. The State Advocate Program has been critical in helping the Center reach millions annually with essential Leave No Trace education. State Advocates act as primary liaison between local individuals/groups and the Center. They coordinate outreach, build alliances and provide education and training in their states...


This past weekend we traveled to Hutchinson, Kansas to work with the Quivera Council Encampment. The Encampment was held at the Kansas State Fairgrounds and had over 5,000 Boy Scouts and leaders in attendance. The Encampment was made possible by the large amount of volunteers that helped staff the event. When we think about Leave No Trace’s efforts to teach and connect people to the outdoors, we cannot help but think abut how vital volunteers are to the Center’s Mission. Leave No Trace’s Mission Statement: The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors...

Earth Day Clean Up at Mount Sunapee

Newbury, NH. What are you doing on Monday, April 22nd? Join Leave No Trace and Nordica at Mount Sunapee for the Earth Day Clean Up! Mount Sunapee encompasses over 2,900 acres and includes three mountains, a small lake and many brooks scattered through the woodlands. A variety of wildlife can be found in the park, including deer, red fox, coyote, wild turkeys, ruffed grouse and hawks. Occasionally black bear, moose, bobcats, and fisher cats feed in the area although sightings are rare. Celebrate this beautiful space and join in the fun as...

Green-up/Clean-up Day at Mount Sunapee- Newbury, NH

It's Earth Day!  Come out to Mount Sunapee for the Nordica Green-up/Clean-up Day!  This is a chance to give back to Mother Earth and volunteer a few hours to clean up the town of Newbury and Mount Sunapee.  

9:00 am- registration

9:30-11:30- Clean up around the mountain

12:00- Free BBQ lunch at the Goosefeather Pub located in the Spruce Lodge


We will meet outside of the Spruce Lodge to register.  See you there!


50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act 1964 - 2014

On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, thereby establishing our National Wilderness Preservation System. The Wilderness Act describes “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man , where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” The Leave No Trace ethic has it roots in federally designated wilderness, and was a natural outgrowth of efforts to promote responsible enjoyment of these magnificent places. On...

How Long Does it REALLY Last

How Long Does it REALLY Last While facilitating a PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) activity called “How Long Does It Last?” for a local middle school last week, a teacher voiced concern over conflicting available information regarding decomposition rates of trash items. In fact, if any of you have done an internet search on the subject, it’s easy to see how varied the data really is. The information below will help shed light on the Center’s sources for compiling data for this PEAK activity and similar activities found in 101 Ways to Teach Leave...

No Trace of NOAC

Once every two to three years, over 8,000 members of the Boy Scouts of America descend on a college campus for the week-long National Order of the Arrow Conference, or NOAC . These Scouts are all members of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's national honor society. While at NOAC, they participate in training, competitions, service projects, and fellowship events. Along with our trusty compatriot Bigfoot, the Leave No Trace e-tour team joined everyone at NOAC as they took over Michigan State University. We manned a booth at the Expo in Adventure Central, talking to thousands in a matter of...

Up a Creek in Austin

Joining with our educational partner the Student Conservation Association, or SCA, the Leave No Trace e-tour Team landed in Austin last Friday for a cleanup, some awareness workshops, and an overnight campout filled with s'mores and fellowship! Our day began on Waller Creek on the campus of the University of Texas-Austin, where we met up with some of SCA's national crew leaders, some participants from that weekend's Outdoor Nation Summit in Austin, and the office of Environmental Health and Safety at UT-Austin for a clean up event. After collecting trash ranging from cigarette butts to water-...

Honorary Cajuns

Down on the Bayou in the July heat, the Leave No Trace e-tour team joined up with Boy Scouts from across Southern Louisiana for a weekend full of Leave No Trace education, volunteer conservation work, campsongs, and tasty Cajun eating. The Evangaline Area Council organized a whole weekend dedicated to Leave No Trace where we held awareness workshops with adult Scouters, Boy Scouts, Webelos, and Cub Scouts. No matter their age group,6 all of the participants really dug into our cathole discussions. What's more fun to talk about with Boy Scouts than how to poop in the woods? Absolutely nothing...

SCA Austin Service Day

The Leave No Trace e-tour team will be joining the Student Conservation Association and the University of Texas-Austin for a clean up of Waller Creek in Austin, TX, in conjunction with the Outdoor Nation Summit that weekend. They will also be doing an Awareness Workshop with SCA staff attending the event that afternoon.

For the evening, the e-tour team will be joining local SCA Community Crews from Houston for an awareness workshop and campout at Bastrop State Park.