Teaching Leave No Trace

The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.


As an American, I will do my best to
Be clean in my outdoor manners,
Be careful with fire,
Be considerate in the outdoors,
and be conservation-minded.


Preface and Acknowledgements

Why Leave No Trace?

Where to Start

Tips for Teaching

Background on the Principles of Leave No Trace

Quick Concepts & Activity Plans

  • Our Natural World
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack It In, Pack It Out)
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors


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