Related to volunteerism and Leave No Trace

Let's Go Camping

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department offers a summer series of camping trips for people of all ages. If people don’t have a tent, sleeping bag, stove, or any of the other basics, that is not a problem. The Let’s Go Camping program provides everything for people who are interested in learning how to go camping as well as instructions on basic camping skills. Through the generous funding from The North Faces Explore Your Parks Program the Let’s Go Camping program is possible. The LGCP is a weekend long event that families can sign up for around 30 dollars. Our past two weekends were spent...

Connecting kids to the outdoors

Today we taught Leave No Trace to students from James Workman Middle School in Cathedral City, California. We attended a field trip with them to Mount San Jacinto State Park outside of Palm Springs, California. We took a tram that lifted us from 2,000 feet elevation up to 8,000 feet elevation on top of the mountains surrounding the city. The intention of today’s field trip was to teach Leave No Trace and get the kids outside. As soon as we left the tram station we arrived to find that above the city was a cool, tree covered, and a beautiful mountain oasis. It was a nice change from the arid...

Bayou Teche Trash Bash and Boogie

The Teche Ecology, Cultural and History Education Project (TECHE) is a non-profit organization passionate about making Bayou Teche a healthier waterway for fishing, boating and swimming. Bayou Teche is one of the most historically and culturally significant bayous in Acadiana, Louisiana and the TECHE Project is an advocate for improved water quality and preservation.

Backcountry Horsemen and the Utah Leave No Trace State Advocate, Craig Allen

Last week we got to meet Craig Allen, the Leave No Trace Utah State Advocate. He is not only an advocate for Leave No Trace, but also an active member of the Backcountry Horsemen of Utah . The BCHU is a non-profit organization concerned with maintaining equestrian access and promoting proper use of public lands. The BCHU is a state level organization of the Backcountry Horsemen of America. Within the BCHU there are 13 chapters throughout Utah and each chapter promotes their members to Leave No Trace when they travel through the mountains and canyons in Utah. Leave No Trace appreciates the...

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...