Frontcountry

#OptOutside this Friday

Overland Park, KS: Each year, half of Americans don’t experience the outdoors at all. No fishing or hiking. No climbing or biking. No paddling around the lake and no picnics at the park. Yikes! That alarming stat comes from our friends (and partners) at REI, who are hoping to change our increasingly indoor culture with their #OptOutside initiative , which returns November 23. Somehow, the day after Thanksgiving became a consumer free-for-all, where Americans flock to the stores instead of the outdoors. But REI will again shut its doors on Black Friday, encouraging its...

Cowabunga! Fall Leaves and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Charlottesville, Virginia: Why should leaves on the trees get all the glory? Fallen leaves are good for more than jumpfests – they’re actually ecological powerhouses. As far as the TMNT connection, well, as Master Splinter would say, you must trust us and be patient (and read this blog). 1. In a beautiful example of the circle of life, dead leaves decompose and add nutrients to the soil, such as nitrogen, calcium, and potassium. Trees soak up these nutrients and minerals from the ground; many of which end up (cue the Lion King soundtrack) back...

How To Leave No Trace While Caving

Carlsbad, New Mexico: Caves are incredibly unique and beautiful natural ecosystems. They offer a look into geologic history, specially adapted wildlife, and exploration in a challenging and foreign environment. However, these places can be extremely fragile and sensitive to human impact, making it super important to practice Leave No Trace. Here are some specific Leave No Trace tips to consider for a trip underground. 1. A trip into a cave system will take considerably more planning and preparation than a regular recreation trip. Consider joining a grotto to...

Happy birthday, Teddy Roosevelt!

Bryce Canyon, UT: Ever been to the Grand Canyon? How about Yosemite, Devils Tower or Crater Lake? If you appreciate these American all-stars, you can thank Teddy Roosevelt. While president from 1901-1909, Roosevelt designated nearly 230 million acres as public land, including part or all of the parks above, plus other gems like Wind Cave, Mesa Verde, Muir Woods, Petrified Forest and the United States Forest Service. Today, Roosevelt’s conservation legacy lives on across the nation’s public lands. His birthplace in New York City is a National Historic Site, he has an...

200 feet, around the world

Moab, UT: When you need to set your tent, wash dishes, or use the bathroom, walk 200 feet from trails and water sources first. 200 feet? That's really far! To demonstrate, here are a few familiar landmarks that don't quite measure up. Leave No Trace's Joe Besl and Joe Creaghead are part of the 2018 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, REI, Eagles...

Traveling Trainers: Our Deuter Adventure

Devils Tower, WY: We rely on Deuter backpacks to keep our lives organized, whether we're on day hikes or overnights, navigating city streets or country roads. We're Subaru/Leave No Trace traveling trainers, and this is our Deuter Adventure. Leave No Trace's Joe Besl and Joe Creaghead are part of the 2018 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, REI, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Deuter, Thule, Taxa, and Klean Kanteen.

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,...

What's With All the Dog Poop Bags?

Long Eddy, NY: Does your walk routine with your furry best friend look something like this? Grab poop bag. Walk dog. Pick up poop. Leave bag on ground because you’ll definitely grab it on the way back. Walk back to car and realize that you definitely forgot the fully loaded poop bag on the ground. Doh! Down with picking up dog doo, but need a better way to carry it? Check out this video for easy ways to hold onto used dog poop bags until you can throw them away in the trash. Dog Poop FAQs We’ve discovered that there’s often no malice behind leaving poop bags...

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