Leave No Trace

Online Awareness Course

We've partnered with Leave No Trace to share their principles and practices in a free, easy to use online course.

Leave No Trace is built on seven core principles that are used to communicate the best available minimum impact guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly. The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace were developed to help educate and guide recreationists in sustainable minimum impact practices that mitigate or avoid recreation-related impacts. These Principles are the most robust and widely utilized minimum impact outdoor practices. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry and wilderness, the practices have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere - from the backcountry, to local parks, to your backyard - and for any recreational activity. Each Principle covers a specific topic and provides detailed information for minimizing impacts.

The Seven 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

The Principles are based not only on a respect for nature and other visitors, they are also based on and supported by scientific research. The majority of this research aligns with the fields of Recreation Ecology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Recreation Ecology research informs us about recreation-related impacts and how they can be reduced by managers and visitors, while Human Dimensions research tells us about outdoor enthusiasts perceptions, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors regarding enjoyment of the outdoors.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the seven principles of Leave No Trace
  • Recognize visitor-created impacts in recreational areas
  • Describe the history of Leave No Trace and the mission of the Center for Outdoor Ethics
  • Identify key programs provided by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
  • Understand how to apply the Seven Principles on your next outdoor trip

About the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands.As the leader in sustainable recreation practices, the Center is training a nation of outdoor advocates to put Leave No Trace principles into action. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center will ensure the long-term health of our natural world. www.LNT.org. For more information on Leave No Trace, please visit www.LNT.org or call 1.800.332.4100


The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

This course is closed for enrollment.