Friday, February 27, 2009

Yellow Pages Goes Green

Think about all those Yellow and/or White Pages that get delivered to your place every year. Do they end up going into the recycle bin? If you are like me, I rarely use a phone book. I go online or use my cell phone.

This site gives you the opportunity to opt-out of the delivery and in doing so, you'll save lots of trees!

Yellow Pages Goes Green electronically tells phone book distributors to avoid consumers who have found less polluting ways to locate phone numbers and addresses. The online service is free and takes only a minute to join.
You can access online phone books at and

Recycle existing phone books by finding the location nearest you at

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Volunteer Conference SWAPS!

During our Green Team session at the Annual Volunteer Conference, these swaps were shared and oohed and aahed over, so we wanted to post them where others could see and get the information for more. Several Web sites were shared where these came from (album below):
SWAPS from Volunteer Conference

Water Survey


Create Your Own Landfill

Create your own troop’s landfill by burying the following items: an apple, a tin can, a gum wrapper, a nylon stocking, a piece of wood, a Styrofoam cup, a tissue, a piece of notebook paper and a plastic garbage bag. Dig them up in three months, six months and after 1 year to see how they have decomposed (protect your hands by wearing gloves).

Me and My Water Usage


  • One roll of pennies
  • One empty glass or coffee cup

Each Girl Scouts must monitor her own or her families water usage for one day. Give each Girl Scout a roll of pennies and ask her to put an empty cup beside the most used faucet at home. Each time water is used the designated amount of pennies must be put in the cup:

  • Hand washing = 2 pennies
  • Tooth brushing = 3 pennies
  • Drink one small glass of water = 1 penny
  • Drink one small glass of water with (3) ice cubes = 4 pennies
  • One toilet flush = 10 pennies
  • Shower = 25 pennies
  • Bath = 15 pennies
  • One load of laundry = 50 pennies
  • Water your pet(s) = 5 pennies (for every 2 small animals)

De-briefing Questions/Points:

  1. Where did you use most of your pennies?
  2. What surprised you the most?
  3. What used the least amount of water?
  4. How can you use less water?
  5. How many pennies did you use in one day? Was it you or your whole family?


GSUSA publication Contemporary Issues Series, Earth Matters: A Challenge for Environmental Action (1990)

Moral Dilemmas provide girls with an opportunity to experience and practice making moral choices – some of the most difficult choices girls will ever have to make. Moral dilemmas are situations that can involve a choice between two or more alternatives.

The following are some sample moral dilemmas. After each dilemma is presented, the girls are asked to answer the discussion questions and share their reasoning. Girls can grow through the use of moral dilemmas as they discover strengths and flaws in their reasoning.

  1. A troop is planning to conduct a large event at Camp Wannago. They are discussing how to serve lunch to 150 people. A local store has offered to donate disposable plastic plates and cups along with plastic forks. One of the girls offers to recruit dishwashers so they can use the camp’s plates and glassware, while another feels they should purchase paper cups and plates and only serve finger foods. What would you do and why? What impact will each choice have on the environment?
  2. A troop of 10 girls and two leaders is planning a field trip from its meeting place to downtown. It is a five-minute trip by automobile or a five-minute walk to the bus stop and a ten-minute bus trip. What would you do? What impact will each choice have on the environment?
  3. Brenda is doing the family shopping while her mother is home with the baby. Her mom said that she could keep any change from the money she was given but that she must come home with everything on the list. She has the following choices:
  • Toothpaste in a pump or in a tube. The tube is cheaper, but the pump is really neat.
  • An energy efficient light bulb that costs more or a standard light bulb.
  • A detergent that contains phosphates and claims super cleaning power or a phosphate-free detergent that costs slightly more.
  • Disposable diapers or reusable cloth diapers.
  • Cola in plastic bottles or a more expensive cola in aluminum cans that can be recycled and includes a refund of the deposit.

Which choices will have a positive impact on the environment? What would you do?

  1. Jenny’s family is moving. They cannot take their female cat with them. Jenny’s dad wants to let the cat loose in the country. Her mother wants to take it to an animal shelter. Jenny is undecided. She knows that animals are put to sleep after a two-week stay in the shelter if no one adopts them. But she has also seen mangy-looking cats in the county park. What would you do? What impact will each choice have on the environment?
  2. Talena has the opportunity to spend four hours planting trees in the neighborhood park or four hours selling baked goods to earn money to send to the Children’s rainforest, a movement that buys and preserves tropical rainforest in Costa Rica. What should she do? Why?

Girl Scout leaders may develop their own dilemmas for use with Girl Scouts. These tips will help them develop moral dilemmas:

  1. Build a dilemma so it contains realistic choices.
  2. Use real life problems whenever possible. Make the dilemma relevant to the girls by using Girl Scout situations when possible.
  3. Focus on the choice to be made and not the detailed evidence of the case. The dilemma should be written so that it is simple, interesting and short. Extra details should be left out.
  4. Construct a focus question that poses the choice to be made.
  5. Provide a situation that presents a genuine conflict and choice of action. If the right answer or the answer that is accepted by the Girl scout leader is obvious, then it is not a dilemma.
  6. Ask questions about the choice, the reasons for the choice and the alternatives to the choice.

Moral dilemmas can stimulate girls to view complex environmental issues in more general and flexible ways. The ability to view issues from all perspectives is critically important in preparing girls to make the difficult decisions that accompany adulthood.

Paper Chasers

Making note pads or note cards out of scrap paper is easier than you think!

Gummed Notepads: You can use any scrap paper that has printing on only one side. Cut to your desired size making sure top edges are smooth and even. Put something heavy on top to weight them down tightly. You may use special padding compound or Elmer’s glue to lightly coat the top edges. Allow to dry thoroughly and tear pads apart to desired thickness. If you have scrap cardboard you can even add a cardboard bottom sheet to make the pad sturdier (and can use the cardboard over and over again.)

Notepad options: No glue or padding compound? No problem!

  • You can also make thinner pads by stapling paper together (but remember that staples are not reusable, so if possible, think of something that can either be reused or recycled).
  • Punch 2-3 holds in one side of the paper. Use ribbon, string, raffia, yarn (use your imagination here) to tie the pages together.

Note cards: All kinds of paper items can be recycled into handmade paper and note cards. If you have a paper mold and deckle, you’re in business! If not, you don’t have to buy a kit. You can make your own and reclaim various things like wood, screens, and fabric. Various instructions can be found online. Here is one place to start:

  • Make cards by pouring a larger amount of your paper mixture into the mold.
    • Add a liner with a thin sheet of paper and use a ribbon as a binding for an elegant touch. (Tip: Use several thin sheets to create a booklet).
    • Create a natural “cut out” by placing a cookie cutter (large, open designs work the best) in the mould when pouring or straining the paper mixture … this will give you a window effect, plus a paper shape (if you pour inside the cookie cutter as well).
    • Create a watermark effect by placing objects on the screen, or using rubber stamps or cookie cutters with backs/designs to press into the pulp while it is still wet.
  • Recycle holiday cards and envelopes into your own “new” cards.
    • Cut out and decorative elements from the card designs. Use the “discarded” portions of cards and envelopes for your handmade cards and paper. Use the cut outs to decorate your new cards.
    • Even bows and Christmas paper can be added to the mix. Paper mixes into the pulp easier when it is torn (versus cut). Bows and other elements that do not mix should be cut or shredded into VERY small pieces and used sparingly.
    • Add texture by using plants … those poinsettias are perfect! How about pine needles?
  • Even packaging from a variety of products can make a nice card. And if it’s from a gift you received, what better way to say thank you?


Preparation: Create a “trash” bag full of items that can be sorted into recyclable, reusable, reducible and throw away groups. Make sure all items are clean and safe – no sharp edges, free of food residue, etc. Be sure to include a good assortment of recyclable items such as number 1 and 2 plastic bottles, metal and aluminum cans, paper and glass containers. Also add in items that cannot be recycled but that could be repurposed, reused or donated. Have enough items for each girl to have two or more if possible. Set up a sorting system for the girls to use in this game, either recycling bins, a garbage can and a donation box, or simply indicate those locations with signs, boxes or other collection devices. There should be seven categories for sorting: Plastics, Metal, Glass, Paper, Donate, Reuse and Trash.

Game Play: The object of the game is to reduce the “trash” category to be as small as possible. Have each girl remove one item from the bag and determine where it should be located. Troop members can assist her by coaching her choice. Encourage girls to be creative in their sorting and include more reusing and donating. After the original trash bag is emptied refill it with the new “trash” and show the girls how much they saved from going to the landfill. Talk about alternatives to the items that were put into the trash bag, such as reusable cups instead of Styrofoam and composting food instead of throwing it away.

Projects for a Healthy Planet by Levine & Grafton ... A GREAT BOOK!



  • Fresh celery with leaves
  • Knife
  • 2 glasses
  • Apple juice
  • Water
  • Red and blue food coloring (to represent pollution)

What to do

  1. Cut off the bottom from 2 pieces of celery.
  2. Fill 1 glass halfway apple juice. Add 3 drops of red food coloring.
  3. Fill the other glass halfway with water. Add 3 drops of blue food coloring.
  4. Gently place one piece of celery in each glass and let it stand for several hours. The food coloring will show how far the "polluted" water traveled up the celery stalk.
  5. Take the celery out of the apple juice, rinse it off, cut off and set aside the bottom end. Carefully cut the rest into slices.
  6. Have everyone taste the celery. Can you taste the apple juice?
  7. Now take the celery out of the water, rinse it off and carefully cut it into slices. Can you taste a difference?

So what happened? Plants take water from the soil through their roots and stems. This water contains moisture and minerals that a plant needs to grow. If the water is polluted, the plant could absorb the pollution. Any living thing – birds, fish, animals, or people – that eat plants that have a polluted water source are also taking in these pollutants. Even though the celery soaked up the apple juice, you could not taste it. And you can't taste if any pollutants make their way into your food either.

Did you know?
About 70% of the earth's surface is covered with water, but only 1% is available for drinking water. Rain washes pollutants such as pesticides, artificial fertilizers, chemicals from industry and toxic wastes into rivers, lake and oceans, where they can contaminate the water supply. Any living thing that gets water from a polluted source is also affected. It only takes a tiny amount of pollutants to make a huge amount of water unsafe to drink.



  • Stale, unbuttered, unsalted popcorn
  • Small plastic pail
  • Stopwatch or watch with a second hand

What to do

  1. Find a small pond or lake where you can perform this experiment.
  2. Fill the pail with popcorn.
  3. Find a safe place to stand on the shore, or stand on a bridge if there is one available. Throw the popcorn into the water.
  4. Time the popcorn to see how long it takes to spread out.
  5. Take notes about what the popcorn becomes attached to.
  6. If possible, follow the spill to see where it goes and what it touches.

So what happened? Throwing popcorn into water is a safe way to show the impact of oil spills on the environment. (The popcorn will easily decompose and not pollute the water.) Imagine that the popcorn is really oil. Did you see how fast the "slick" spread through the water and how many plants, rocks and objects it touched? What effect do you think a real oil spill might have had on plants, fish and animals that live in and on the water? In an oil spill, wave action causes oil to coat plants, shorelines, birds, animals and anything else the oil touches. The short-term effects are easy to see. The black tarlike oil covers everything and causes lots of marine life to die. Animals that eat the oil-coated plants and animals also become contaminated or poisoned.

Did you know?
On average, less than 10% of the oil in any spill can be cleaned up. If you think that's bad, just consider this: The amount of oil dumped into the ground every three weeks by people changing their own car oil is about 11 million gallons. This is equal to the amount of oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska.



  • Soap flakes (or left over slivers of soap)
  • Microwavable bowl or old pot for cooking
  • Glycerin (available at drug stores)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cinnamon or paprika (optional)
  • Food coloring
  • Old muffin tins, old molds or small plastic containers

What to do

  1. Put 1 cup of soap flakes in a microwavable bowl.
  2. Add 1/3 cup of glycerin and 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to the soap flakes and stir. Gently add 1/8 cup of water to the mixture and stir. (You can vary the amounts of glycerin and rubbing alcohol to make the soap more opaque or softer.)
  3. For a rust-colored soap that smells like cinnamon, you can add about 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to the mixture. If you want a spicy soap with a coral color, add about 1 tablespoon of paprika. If you'd like just a colored soap, you can add a drop of natural food coloring.
  4. Microwave the soap mixture until it comes to a boil. You can do the same on the stove over low heat and slowly bring it to a boil.
  5. As soon as the mixture has boiled, put it in a safe place to cool. Stir the mixture occasionally while it is cooling.
  6. When the mixture is cool and clear but still liquid, pour it into molds and allow to set until firm. This may take several hours.
  7. Turn the molds upside down and take out the soaps. If the soap sticks, run a knife around the edge of the mold and pry the soap out. If you wish, you may wrap the soaps in tissue paper until you are ready to use them.

So what happened? In this experiment, the glycerin (which is an oil) combined with the soap flakes (which are alkaline, or not acidic) to produce the soap. This is a very mild and non-irritating soap because it contains no lye (which is harsh and dry your skin) and contains only natural ingredients. The soap you buy in stores is not required by law to list its ingredients. Most soaps are made from a combination of animal and vegetable fats, but it can contain substances that harm both you and the environment.



  • Old newspapers
  • Cedar or other wood chips, or crushed pine cones
  • Twine or string
  • Old plastic wading pool or large washtub
  • Water
  • Salt

What to do

  1. Find a nice dry place outside to work. Place about 20 to 30 large sheets of newspaper together.
  2. Add 1 cup of shavings or crushed pine cones between every 8 pages.
  3. Tightly roll each section and tie loosely at each end.
  4. Fill the pool with water and enough chips, pine cones, or other nice smelling woods to cover about half of the water's surface. Add about 3 cups of salt to the water (this will make the logs burn red).
  5. Place your logs in the water, turning them several times to cover with water. Leave the logs in the pool for 1 week, turning them at least once per day.
  6. When the week is up, remove the logs and place them in a safe area to dry. When your logs have dried completely, they are ready to burn.

So what happened? You have just saved a tree and made a recycled product. During the soaking process, the roll absorbed the water solution, which will make it burn longer after it has dried out.

Did you know?
Every day there are about 72 million newspapers sold in the US and Canada. And over 70% of these papers are just thrown away. This means that about 80,000 trees are thrown into dumps each day. Paper and paperboard make up almost 1/3 of all landfill wastes. By recycling paper, we not only save trees but also reduce pollution and landfills.



  • Paper towels
  • Bowl or dish
  • Used tea bag
  • Scissors
  • Small flower or vegetable seeds (Note: Not all seeds will sprout, so if you can, try this experiment with 2 or 3 tea bags with a seed, each in its own bowl.)

What to do

  1. Fold the paper towel into quarters, wet it completely, and place it in the middle of the bowl.
  2. Flatten the tea bag and lay it in the center of the paper towel.
  3. Cut a hole in the top of the tea bag. Then wet the tea bag.
  4. Plant a seed in the wet tea bag.
  5. Place the bowl in a sunny window. Add a little water to the tea bag each day.
  6. When your seedling has grown enough (about 1 week to sprout and 3-4 weeks to grow), you may wish to replant it (tea bag and all) in the garden or in a pot with soil.

So what happened? The tea bag provided the nutrients and the moisture that the seedling needed to grow. This is a great way to recycle tea bags that don't end up in the compost or trash.

Did you know?
Plants are amazing. Some plants can grow in salt water, some in sandy soils, and some in no soil at all. With the increase in pollution of our lands and water supplies, it may be necessary in the future to develop plants that adapt to harsher environments and are more resistant to pollutants.

Some different types of plants help each other by repelling insects and warding off diseases. Some good "buddies" include: garlic, which keeps many insects away from flowers and other plants; onions and chives which prevent rust on carrots planted near them; mint which keeps butterflies away from cabbage; and French marigolds which are thought to help tomatoes and beans. Give your plant a buddy!

T-Shirt & Book Swap

Have your troop carry out a T-Shirt and book swap as a way to reuse items that are still useful, but that you don’t want anymore. Carry out the swap in creative ways such as a dirty Santa exchange or grab bag and trade.

Council Resources (Volunteers can check these out) ...

  • Linking Girls to the Land video
  • Trees for the 21st Century
  • Water Drop Patch Project and Kit
  • Your World, Your Choices Kit

Don’t forget to check into community groups! The Tulsa County Conservation District as well as similar groups throughout the state have great environmental information. This is a great place to start for information about Leave No Trace (minimizing our environmental impact) or a Storm Sewer in a Suitcase (to show how pollutants get into the water).

Deck the Halls with ... Greener Holidays!

· Use cereal boxes or shoe boxes instead of purchasing new ones

· Make homemade ornaments using last year’s wrapping paper scraps for your Christmas tree

· String popcorn instead of tinsel or fake snow

· Send an e-card or make a phone call instead of buying cards

· Try reusable plates or break out the fine china instead of disposable tableware

· Buy used gifts like books or DVDs

· Make centerpieces or home decor from pine cones or other natural greenery

· Send leftovers home with friends or family rather than tossing them in the trash

· Save money AND be creative by making your own gifts:

o Turn vegetable cans into candle holders

o Revamp an old picture frame and add personal photos

o Use glass bottles for vases, hand soap or homemade goods like salad dressing or oil

Greenified Camping

Recycle by using these items to make your camping essentials.


  • Empty liquid laundry detergent container w/lid
  • Golf tee
  • Sturdy string
  • Old panty hose
  • Bar of soap


  • Empty Gallon Milk/Juice container w/lid
  • Stick (long enough to go through the container with extra on sides)
  • Sturdy string
  • Toilet paper (not necessarily recycled!)


  • Larger sturdy plastic container (ex. Bleach container)
  • Sturdy string


As one of our most essential and abundant resources, water can easily be taken for granted. Here are a few quick tips and reminders!

  • Check for water leaks: Do this by reading your meter after a period when no water is used; if the meter doesn’t read exactly the same, then you probably have a leak.
  • Don’t forget toilets aren’t trashcans: Flushing the toilet every time you use a tissue is wasting a lot of water. Save the trash for the trash/recycling bin.
  • Take shorter showers: Try turning off the shower after you lather up, and turning it back on to rinse. Remember that even a paltry four-minute shower uses 20 to 40 gallons of water.
  • Don’t let the faucet run while cleaning vegetables: Try filling a pan with clean water and rinse them in there.

Water facts you should know!

  • 70 % of the Earth’s surface is covered by water.
  • 97 % of the Earth’s water is too salty to drink.
  • One in six people around the world do not have access to clean water.
  • The average household uses 7.6 liters of water each day for brushing teeth.
  • The average North American household uses 646 liters of water each day.
  • A faucet that drips once every second wastes 3.8 liters of water each day!


20 Ways to Conserve Water

1.       There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.

2.       When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.

3.       Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.

4.       Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.

5.       Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

6.       Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.

7.       Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.

8.       Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.

9.       Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.

10.   For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.

11.   Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.

12.   Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.

13.   Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

14.   Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.

15.   Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.

16.   If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.

17.   Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.

18.   If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.

19.   We're more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.

20.   If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.


Catalog Canceling Challenge

Want to save trees, water, energy and our climate? GSUSA invites Girl Scouts to take action with The Catalog Canceling Challenge and cancel as many unwanted sales catalogs as they can in thirty days.

We know that many people look forward to getting their favorite catalogs in the mail. Catalog shopping offers convenience and a unique assortment of products and services frequently not available to consumers in nearby stores. Many catalog mailers have taken important steps toward environmental sustainability, and the catalog industry encourages recycling and plants millions of trees each year. However, people receive too many unwanted catalogs and the impacts on the environment are significant.

The Impact

Each year 19 billion sales catalogs are mailed in the USA. 98% of catalogs are unused, eliciting no consumer response. 61 million trees are used making these catalogs. This paper production uses 59 billion gallons of water (89,000 Olympic sized swimming pools). Producing 7.6 trillion pounds of catalog paper requires 126 trillion BTUs (enough energy to power 1.4 million homes a year) and creates 24 billion pounds of CO2 global warming pollution (equivalent to the emissions of 2.2 million cars).

Helping our Environment

The Catalog Canceling Challenge was developed by 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at The Park School in Brookline, Mass. Now, kids across the country are working with their parents and teachers to cancel as many unwanted catalogs as they can. Girls from Troop 315 (Iron River, Mich.) joined and saved one-and-a-half trees by canceling 150 unwanted catalogs in only two hours. The leaders of the NE Kansas & NW Missouri Council (Topeka, Kans.) recently canceled 111 catalogs at their office! How many unwanted catalogs can the GSUSA cancel in total?! Let's find out!

So far kids have canceled 10,000 catalogs saving 120 trees, 100 thousand gallons of water and 14 thousand pounds of CO2 emissions, and they're just getting started. You can join this free and simple project to empower kids to make a difference and to help protect our planet at the same time!

To get your girls started, visit! For help canceling unwanted catalogs online, visit or

Girl Scouts Partners with Nickelodeon to Promote The Big Green Help

Girl Scouts of the USA along with 11 other campaign partners are joining Nickelodeon to engage kids in The Big Green Help campaign. The Big Green Help is Nickelodeon network’s multiplatform pro-social campaign designed to empower kids to participate in earth-friendly and energy saving activities.

Starting January 1, 2009, Nickelodeon will air green-themed messages and promotional spots throughout every single programming break, all day long, as well as introduce a series of original, environmentally-themed online games. The Girl Scouts/iCarly Cafeteria Recycodrama online mini-game has been developed in order to educate kids on how they can make the world a better place by helping their schools go green.

All year long, The Big Green Help will provide information and tools across all of Nickelodeon’s multiple platforms to help explain climate change to kids, and to connect them to ways they can help at home, in school and communities. The centerpiece of The Big Green Help campaign will be the forthcoming, first-of-its-kind global multiplayer online green game for kids, which will provide actionable, measurable steps and information to directly link players to ways they can positively contribute to helping the environment in a variety of ways, on both individual and community levels.

Girl Scouts will also help extend the campaign’s reach through local grassroots activities and programs where kids can fulfill their online virtually volunteered hours throughout the year.

To play the game and help your kids learn how they can be a part of this initiative, visit, go to the “Games” section, and click on the iCarly/Girl Scouts icon.

For more information,

Girl Scout Web sites

A myriad of resources are available online. Here are some we think you will find useful. If you are sharing these resources with girls, be sure each girl has taken the Internet Safety Pledge!

Linking Girls to the Land Patch -

Linking Girls to the Land -

Water Drop Patch -

Other educational and girl friendly Web sites

US EPA Wastes Page-

Wastewater…Sewage in Your Face -

The Green Schools Initiative -

The Greens, a site for kids looking after the planet -

Tox Town -

Endangered Species Coalition -

Use Less Stuff -

The Practical Environmentalist -

The Greens Activity Guide, available to download at

Who’s using CFLs? Visit and type in your zip code. The site will compare your location against the rest of the country in the number of CFLs purchased and calculates dollars and pounds of CO2 saved. (The Web site name comes from the fact that it takes only 18 seconds to change out a light bulb and make a difference.)

Leave No Trace

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide.


  1. Is committed to the enjoyment, health and protection of recreational resources on natural lands for all people;
  2. Believes that education is the best means to protect natural lands from recreational impacts while helping maintain access for recreation and enjoyment;
  3. Is founded on outdoor ethics whereby a sense of stewardship is gained through understanding and connecting with the natural world;
  4. Believes that practicing the Leave No Trace principles is the most relevant and effective long-term solution to maintaining the beauty, health of, and access to natural lands;
  5. Is science-based and builds ethical, pragmatic approaches to resource protection for varying types of outdoor recreation and enjoyment;
  6. Strives to build key partnerships that support education programs, training and communities of volunteers, educators, land managers, organizations and corporations committed to teaching and instilling the values of Leave No Trace;
  7. Is inclusive, for all people, and focused on all non-motorized recreation activities occurring on natural lands;
  8. Is apolitical and dedicated to education;
  9. Does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, marital status, military status or disability;
  10. Remains committed to its mission, core values, projects and programs without deviation.

Leave No Trace is an 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.