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Leave No Trace
Four hikers travel along a dry stream bed.

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Leave No Trace principles & techniques.

Whether you like to hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, fish, ski or climb in Alaska, it is important to practice the principles of Leave No Trace. This ethical program helps educate those who recreate outdoors on how to reduce impacts on the land, wildlife, and other visitors. With care, we can enjoy Alaska's wild lands while preserving them for generations to come!

The Leave No Trace Code of Ethics:

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare

2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

3. Dispose of Waste Properly

4. Leave What You Find

5. Minimize Campfire Impacts

6. Respect Wildlife

7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

To learn more about the principles of Leave No Trace, please watch the films listed below:

- A National Park Service Video that provides an overview of Leave No Trace guiding principles.

- Leave No Trace Puppet Show: An entertaining show to learn about outdoor ethics.

- Leave No Trace Game: A fun and interactive game for all ages!


To make Leave No Trace more interactive, consider some of the following ideas when enjoying the outdoors:

- Pretend someone is tracking you for an exciting leave no trace experience.

- Do a garbage collection contest, or "trash bash" before and after using established public use sites to see your impact and the impact of others.

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