The Kids' Page: Leave No Trace

June, 2017

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Summer is the perfect time for outdoor activities like camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, and more! But in order to have fun outside, it is important to respect the trees, water, air, ground and wildlife that make up nature, and make sure you leave no trace. Follow these tips to leave the outdoors just as magical as you found it!

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Checking the weather, choosing proper equipment and clothes, planning meals, and bringing a First Aid Kit are all important parts of trip planning that will make sure you have a good time.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

Be sure to stay on the path to avoid hurting plants and small organisms.

Dispose of Waste Properly

Trash and litter in the outdoors is a huge issue for the plants and animals that live there. If you pack trash with you, remember to pack it out!

Leave What You Find

Let other explorers discover new things by leaving rocks, plants, and other objects as you found them. Picking flowers, trampling plants and climbing trees can hurt the surrounding ecosystem.

Minimize Campfire Impacts

The best place to build a fire is in an existing fire ring. Let the fire burn completely to ash, and put it out with water.

Respect Wildlife

Observe wildlife from a distance so you do not scare or bother them.