Background on the Principles of Leave No Trace
Our Natural World
Often, before people can decide to leave no trace in the backcountry, they
must feel a personal connection to the land; they need a reason to care. Caring
can take many forms: a love of beauty, an enjoyment of wild plants and animals,
an interest in learning about the natural world, a feeling of oneness with
nature, a desire for fun and leisure, the excitement of discovery, or even a
need to be challenged. All these examples help illustrate how we are a part of
the web of life that surrounds us.
An understanding of how the natural world functions—and our ability to
change this world—raises many considerations about Leave No Trace. Before
teaching Leave No Trace, leaders are encouraged to help people make a personal
connection with the natural world. Simultaneously, as the individual nurtures
this connection, a commitment to protecting the natural world also takes shape.
This section helps set the stage for promoting Leave No Trace and reminds us
that humans are part of the natural world.
An In-Depth Look at the Need for Leave No Trace
Get acquainted with the seven principles of Leave No Trace. It's essential to
feel comfortable and knowledgeable before getting started. Begin by thoroughly
reading this section before proceeding with the activities. Then, review the
appropriate information before conducting a specific activity.