Youth

Keep a look out for this bandit in the outdoors

There is a criminal roaming campgrounds and trailheads around the country. Personal items left out unguarded are being taken off picnic tables, tent areas, and right out of people’s backpacks. This criminal’s range includes most of the United States. Popular areas that are heavily visited by backcountry and frontcountry travelers seem to be the heaviest hit. Campers have lost everything from food, car keys, boots (anything with sweat on it from hiking), kitchen utensils, and anything left out unattended. This criminal is about 20 inches at the shoulder, 3 feet long, and anywhere from 5 to 22...

Teaching Kids Leave No Trace

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers work with kids all over the country. Watch this video to see what working with kids is all about! Remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace! Pat and TJ Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2014 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, Coleman, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool and Yakima.

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...

Making the Connection

Chattanooga, Tennessee: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, we are lucky to teach people of all personalities, in a variety of different places all over the country - students with different levels of engagement in the outdoors. The beauty of Leave No Trace is that it is relevant and applicable to anyone at any level; whether you are mountaineering or simply walking your dog at the local park - you don’t need to be an outdoor expert to see the benefits of practicing Leave No Trace outside! However, we often teach youth in urban areas that have very little interaction with wild and...

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...

REI and PEAK

During the past two weeks we put on three PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) workshops for REIs in Southern Arizona. Teachers, Scout leaders, and outdoor educators from around the Phoenix and Tucson area came to learn how to incorporate Leave No Trace into the programs they run for kids and teens. Leave No Trace has an important partnership with REI. Not only is REI a proud partner for the Subaru / Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program, but they also support the PEAK Program. The PEAK pack is an assortment of 6 activities included in a flexible binder that focuses on teaching...

What I Learned Backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park. Part 1

Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado is a truly wild and unforgiving landscape riddled with features carved by the powerful hands of time. “The Park” holds a power and meaning different for all who spend time there. The 416 square miles of untrammeled and rugged terrain provide stories people carry proudly with them for the rest of their days. Stories of triumph, solitude, defeat, joy, danger, adventure, and simplicity. This is my story of a week spent in The Park, what I learned about Leave No Trace and other lessons on a life well lived. This story begins with the year-long...

Education in Motion: Where to find the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers in October & November

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, through their free educational programs, encourage people to define their personal outdoor ethic and make educated decisions in the outdoors so we can preserve and protect our public lands for future generations. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are conducting the following training events across the country in October and November. Check out the Team Calendars - sort by Team or by your state for the most up to date event listings. For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar . We hope to see you on the road...

Free, Mobile Education is Headed Your Way!

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers teach Leave No Trace in 48 states this year. Did you know that the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has a national traveling outreach program that can come to your community? Through June, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers have led over 250 workshops and events reaching 126,000 people with Leave No Trace education. From working in public schools teaching kids basic outdoor skills and ethics, to important outreach at big events such as The North Face Endurance Challenges, Dominion Riverrock – Outdoor Lifestyle Festival, and...

Education in Motion: Where to find the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers in August & September

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, through their free educational programs, encourage people to define their personal outdoor ethic and make educated decisions in the outdoors so we can preserve and protect our public lands for future generations. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are conducting the following training events across the country in August and September. Check out the Team Calendars - sort by Team or by your state for the most up to date event listings. For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar . We hope to see you on the road...

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