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Leave No Trace for Every Kid — in a Park!

Boulder, CO: Becoming a 4th grader has never been more exciting than since the start of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, at least we here at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics think so! In an effort to increase access and stewardship of public lands for and by all Americans, the Every Kid in a Park program was created. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to obtain a pass for free entry for them and their guests to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year. If you have a 4th grader in your life, here are...

Cache In, Trash Out

Seattle, WA: Calling all geocachers! It’s time to Cache In, Trash Out (CITO). Twice a year, Geocaching highlights worldwide CITO cleanup events, where geocachers can give back to the trails and protected lands they love to explore. You can join this effort on Sept. 15-23, 2018, when geocachers and community groups work together to improve parks and other outdoor environments. Find a few geocaches in your neck of the woods, then head out into the literal woods for a day cleaning up litter, removing invasive species, building trails, and more. If you’re new to this, geocaching...

Wilderness Words: Carr

Georgetown, Colorado: Traveling trainers are always talking about their cars. But today, we want to talk about the other type of carr. A carr is a variety of wetland characterized by low woody plants like willows and alders. It's like a swamp, but with shrubs instead of trees. When hiking through a carr, stay on the designated trail, even if your boots get wet. And they will get wet. Learn more in the video below: Leave No Trace's Joe Besl and Joe Creaghead are part of the 2018 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free,...

'No Man's Land' Film Festival with Leave No Trace

Boulder, CO: Wednesday, August 29, Boulder Theatre, 6-9 PM 11 Short Films Celebrating Women Adventurers Join nonprofit Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics for "No Man's Land" — eleven documentary short films about female adventurers. All proceeds support the leading organization dedicated to teaching people how to protect the natural world. Outdoor gear companies have donated generous door prizes and raffle items, including a 3-day surf trip. Check out and share the Facebook event page . Buy your tickets here.

Anatomy of a Successful Hot Spot

Aspen, CO: Imagine a cross between a frat party and a Phish concert. Now drop that scene onto a high alpine basin with a small hot springs pool and you’ve got an idea of the trouble that was facing Conundrum Hot Springs until recently. Trash, discarded clothing, exposed piles of human waste (yup, poop), loud groups and music playing on speakers, vegetation damage from trampling and firewood gathering, human-wildlife conflicts, and safety risks to unprepared hikers marred the wilderness character of this otherwise idyllic spot high in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness...

The Ten Funniest Questions Our Traveling Trainers Have Been Asked

Bruceton Mills, WV: Our Traveling Trainers are on the road 11 months out of the year providing Leave No Trace education at events across the country. They talk to a huge variety of people, and as one can imagine, they get asked all kinds of questions. Here is a collection of some of the funniest and most common ones. 1. Are you a Subaru racing team? Nope! Although that would be pretty cool, right? Subaru has been a Leave No Trace partner since 1999 though, and our teams travel in and live out of Subaru vehicles. Maybe someday there will be a Traveling...

What We Learned at Outdoor Retailer

Denver, CO: For the first time ever, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, the outdoor industry’s largest North American tradeshow, was held in Denver. Summer Market is about “buying, sourcing, strategic meetings, trend, education and networking with decision makers, influencers, stakeholders, key buyers and athletes that influence the outdoor market.” With this new location just down the street from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in Boulder, the Education Team decided to go check it out. We focused our attendance to events and sessions centered around youth, here’s...

What Does Leave No Trace Mean to Scouts?

Bloomington, Indiana: Every three years those members of the Boy Scouts of America who have been inducted into the prestigious Order of the Arrow, which recognizes scouts for their exemplary leadership and service, gather for a week of fun, learning, and community building. The National Order of the Arrow conference is scouting’s second largest conference behind the jamboree, and Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers were there to talk to scouts about minimizing their outdoor impact and what Leave No Trace means to them. Leave No Trace has long counted the Boy Scouts of...

Lansing Isn't...

Lansing, MI: Lansing City Parks are a lot of things. They’re cool swimming pools. And favorite fishing spots. Lansing City Parks are the heart of the city. They’re playgrounds, kayak trips, and basketball courts for shooting hoops. Lansing parks are great places for a basketball game with friends. And they’re more than 20 miles of riverside trails for morning runs, long walks, wildlife watching, family bike rides, and even skateboarding with friends. More visitors are discovering that Lansing is a great place to paddle. But check out this video from the City of...

What are we even doing here? A reflection on the value of Leave No Trace

Lansing, Michigan - Folks frequently raise various issues when we introduce them to what we do with Leave No Trace: “Shouldn’t you be trying to eliminate plastic?” “Residents of Flint don’t have access to clean drinking water.” “What are you doing about the opening of our public lands to extraction?” As an environmental ethics organization, the wide variety of environmental ethics issues are laid at our feet, many of which are serious and urgent issues. We respond by acknowledging the importance of dealing with single-use plastics, addressing social injustice, preserving public land for...

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