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Leave No Trace

Discover Outdoors is proud to have Leave No Trace Trainers and one Master Trainer on staff. Our commitment to education is reflected in our desire to learn and pass on the principles that help keep our natural environment as impact-free as possible. We are guests in the woods, waters and mountains. Our obligation to the outdoors is to protect and preserve; our obligation to our clients and staff is to model and teach low-impact skills.

Leave No Trace is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski or climb. The program strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations.

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Leave No Trace Principles

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

On every day, weekend or international trip, you can expect us to model and teach these principles, and we ask that you embrace them as well.

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Eric
"Today's hike was the best and most challenging I've ever been on. My feet have blisters, my back hurts, every muscle in my body aches, and I've consumed four liters of water. But I had a great time! I was impressed with Richard's leadership and professionalism and I quite liked everyone on the hike. Looking forward to joining you again.”