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From Your Backyard to Your Backcountry 
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
April, 2011

My Backyard

Backyard Sessions 2011Leave No Trace in your Backyard!

Already this year, Backyard Sessions have been conducted in San Diego, CA, Houston, TX, Missoula, MT, and Lake Tahoe, CA.The purpose of Backyard Sessions is to introduce Leave No Trace principles to your community and increase local participation in putting Leave No Trace into action. Every Session includes a Leave No Trace educational training component, along with fun activities such as trail building or clean ups, outdoor adventure films, community hikes, contests, community forums or guest speakers.  


The campaign is part of Leave No Trace's strategy to reach hundreds of thousands of people this year with vital environmental education. 

The Center is currently defining the full slate of Backyard Sessions across the country, and we will notify you when a Session comes to your region. To learn more about the program, click here.    


Events This Month   

In April, the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are conducting training in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon and Wisconsin.   

Complete List Here.


In Your State

Click into your state on the Leave No Trace Community Page to learn what education, training and community events may be open to you in April. Leave No Trace State Advocates and volunteers offer local events and workshops all year long. 

Visit Your State Page Here.


On Fire      

If you choose to make a campfire, this installment of "Skills" gives you information  about selecting the best location and right type of campfire for your outing and surroundings. Learn more here.

News You Can Use

First Quarter Grants Awarded

Grants are awarded every year for educators and organizations teaching Leave No Trace. Learn about first quarter recipients and more about the program here.   


Spring in to Auction

Spring Online Auction is two weeks away!  Look for the invitation in your email to bid on great gear and travel packages. Get ready for summer and support a great cause. All bids go to fund Leave No Trace community programs across the country.


Take Advantage of the Sale on the New Leave No Trace Nalgene Bottle!

The new 24 oz. On-The-Fly Leave No Trace Nalgene bottle will have you drinking in style!  The unique leak proof, one handed opening bottle will fit in most cup holders or even your bike's bottle holder. These great bottles are printed with the Leave No Trace logo and Seven Principles (BPA Free!). 


Regularly $12.95, get one for only $9.65 till the end of April!  

Order today!


Or you can get one free by joining Leave No Trace as a Member!   

Join today!  







The Situation

What Would You Do?

As you're hiking along, you witness someone not picking up after their dog. Along the trail, you've seen multiple signs asking people to "scoop the poop", and stations providing pooper-scoopers. What would you do?


Tech Tip

Dish Duty: You are doing dishes in the backcountry and realize you forgot your strainer. No problem! You can use a bandana, a Frisbee with some holes poked in it, or a plastic bag filled with dead leaves to strain dirty dishwater. Place any food particles in your trash bag and scatter the wastewater broadly, well away from camp.


Bigfoot Challenge

Take April's Challenge!

Learn about this month's Bigfoot sponsor and take the challenge!

Bigfoot Challenge.    


Quick Links

Help Fetzer Vineyards Support Leave No Trace: Join the Facebook Causes Campaign for Leave No Trace. 

Join the Cause    


Free Entrance Days to the National Parks. Learn more about free days at your national parks. To know which days in April are free, go to National Park Week


Leave No Trace in Yogi Bear DVD Release: Look for the Leave No Trace Seven Principles for Kids in the newly released DVD of the movie Yogi Bear. 


Become Your State's Advocate

Your State Advocate is the Leave No Trace volunteer representative in  your state. Check for vacancies or contact your State Advocate:

State Advocates 



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