Press releases

Leave No Trace Seven Principles Rap

Boulder, CO: The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics protects the outdoors by teaching people to enjoy it responsibly. It is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. One way we reach the public is through the creative freedom of our Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program consists of four teams of two educators that travel across the country in Subarus teaching people how to...

Bigfoot Sighting at Delano Park!

Decatur, AL: This week from Monday, September 19, 2016 to Monday, September 26, 2016 Leave No Trace is hosting a Hot Spot at Delano Park in Decatur, Alabama. There have been several events already ranging from Fitness Night in Delano Park ( where Bigfoot was seen doing yoga ) to a Leave No Trace Awareness workshop with the Decatur Parks and Recreation Department ( where Bigfoot was seen giving words of wisdom ). Hot Spot Week at Delano Park This week Leave No Trace has partnered with the Delano Park Conservancy to educate the community about outdoor ethics. Delano Park...

Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers...wait who?

Breaks Interstate Park, VA--You've been seeing a lot of the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers : but what does it mean to be one? Who are we and what is it we do...exactly? In short, we are a mobile education unit that travels the country teaching minimum impact practices and outdoor ethics. Currently there are four, two person teams of traveling trainers spread across the country; all living and working from our Subarus, by the rules of the road, and the paths of the wind. Nearly 200 nights a year you will find us sleeping in our North Face tent under the stars, sometimes the moon, and...

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...

Goblin Valley State Park Incident Underscores an Elevated Need for Leave No Trace Education

October 23, 2013 (Boulder, CO): The recent vandalism in Goblin Valley State Park near Green River, Utah, underscores both the ongoing challenge facing lands enjoyed for recreation in the U.S., and the increasing need for outdoor enthusiasts to learn about and practice Leave No Trace. Managed by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Leave No Trace is the mostly widely used educational program minimum-impact visitor education program in use in parks and protected areas in the country. The intent of the Leave No Trace program is to educate people who spend time in the outdoors about the...

Leave No Trace Activates Kids for Wilderness Act Celebration

This week marks the start of a year-long countdown to the 50 th anniversary of America’s Wilderness Act, signed into law in 1964. To showcase the diverse ways Americans value Wilderness, The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has joined a coalition of agencies and universities to coordinate a multitude of local and national events across the United States. “As more and more people began exploring Wilderness Areas, the impact of this increased visitation began to show. Thus, the need for minimum-impact education quickly emerged and the Leave No Trace movement and program were born,”...

New National Ad Campaign Takes on Cigarette Butt Litter

New Bilingual Public Service Announcements from Legacy and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Shed Light on Toxic Waste Created by Cigarette Litter, Urging Americans to Reconsider and Stop Cigarette Butt Litter in Observance of Earth Day. The campaign hits television and radio airwaves this week. BILLIONS OF PIECES OF TOXIC TRASH ARE LEACHING DEADLY CHEMICALS INTO THE ENVIRONMENT WHERE WE LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY New Bilingual Public Service Announcements from Legacy and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Shed Light on...

New Campaign Takes On Cigarette Butt Litter

In advance of Earth Day, Leave No Trace has teamed up with Legacy to raise awareness and mobilize action about cigarette butt litter.

2012 Backyard Sessions

In the last year, the Center has initiated a new focus of incorporating Leave No Trace education into volunteer community-service projects. In 2011, Leave No Trace educators and volunteers facilitated 23 such projects resulting in almost 8000 man hours of trail work, invasive species removal, and clean-ups. In 2012, the Center's target is 65 such "Backyard Sessions" and we are happy to announce that we're well on our way to hitting that goal with 12 such events already scheduled. This year so far, our hardworking volunteers and supporters have: Organized a clean-up of Beaver Lake near Bellvue...