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Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics                                                    August 2011

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Tech Tip

Don't Pick Up Hitchhikers  When you are  playing outside this summer, especially if you're traveling, don't forget to clean your hiking boots, mountain bike treads, boat, and other equipment that could be transporting tiny "hitchhikers."  Invasive species such as zebra mussels, garlic mustard and kudzu, can catch a ride on our boots and boats and spread at incredible rates. About 42% of the species on the federal threatened or endangered species lists are at risk primarily because of invasive species, so clean your equipment before your next outdoor adventure!

The Situation

What Would You Do?

You are taking a group of kids on their first camping trip. All summer, they've been excited about sitting around a campfire, telling ghost stories and having s'mores. As you're packing the car, you check the website one last time and learn that a campfire ban has been announced for the area you are visiting. What will you do as an alternative so that the kids have a memorable first camping experience?

Write to us at and let us know!

Thanks for all of the great responses to last month's situation. Read your responses and ours to  

July's Situation.


Quick Links


My Backyard

Leave No Trace to rally volunteers in Boston

The Center is hosting a Backyard Session in Boston on August 15, to learn and discuss ways to increase Leave No Trace activity in New England. Join us in Boston! 


Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Leave No Trace in Minnesota       

Come meet your State Advocate, the Leave No Trace e-tour, and network with other supporters in your community while learning about local volunteer opportunities. Participate in a morning service project with St. Paul Parks and Recreation in the morning and spend the afternoon with Leave No Trace. Join us in St. Paul!  


Leave No Trace Day a success in Georgia     

The Brunswick, Georgia mayor helped kick off their first Leave No Trace Day as part of our Backyard Sessions program at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Costal Resource Division Headquarters. Read about it.


Near You in August  

Check out all of the great Leave No Trace  

activity in your state in August.  


Do you live in Wyoming, North Carolina, Utah, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts or Missouri? Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are visiting your state this month.

Find out more. 



Fishing For Answers 

You've caught your dinner. Now what? Test your Leave No Trace skills and learn about what to do with all of those fish guts. Read on.  




Volunteer in Rocky Mountain National Park with Leave No Trace staff and others.  

Join Leave No Trace for Clif Bar's Meet the Moment event on October 1 in Colorado.  


The Center Welcomes New Education Staffer

Read about our new Education Programs Coordinator, Jason Grubb. 

Teen Activity Packs On Sale Through August

The Teen Activity Pack is a supplement to Leave No Trace's Kids Program - PEAK - and consists of four educational activities designed for older youth audiences. The hands-on activities educate teens and adults about the Seven Principles and engage participants in discussion about conservation, land ethics and responsible outdoor recreation. Regularly $24.95 each, the Teen Packs are now on sale for $18.70. Teen Pack Sale.    


Colorado Tour Hits the Road

Stay tuned for a new traveling education team launching in September in Colorado. More details coming your way. 

Want To Know More? 

Read Leave No Trace's Programs Report for the second quarter of 2011.

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