Outdoor Stewardship:

How to Help Make the Outdoors a Better Place to Recreate

There are a lot of things you can do to help improve and preserve the places where you recreate.

Practice Leave No Trace Camping and Hiking

Leave No Trace Leave No Trace : Outdoor Ethics & Skills For Outdoor Users

Negative Trace - Going Beyond Leave No Trace

Participate in Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to volunteer and give back to the outdoor community. Here are a few opportunities that happen every year.

National Public Lands Day logo National Public Lands Day is an annual volunteer program that is designed to gather together thousands of citizens for hands-on volunteer work in restoring and conserving the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of our public lands. National Public Lands Day takes place on the last Saturday of every September. Volunteers across the country will help maintain our public lands so that they will continue to be great places to recreate.

National Trails Day logo National Trails Day is the largest celebration of America's outdoors. It is organized by the American Hiking Society and is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in June. Each year outdoor enthusiasts get out on our trails to help raise awareness of trail issues and to promote the wide variety of benefits that trails provide. National Trails Day events range from maintenance projects to group hikes to bicycle races to large-scale trail festivals.

Legislation Watch, Action Alerts, and Activism

Stay informed on issues affecting your local National Forests and National Parks and do your part to make your voice heard in protecting our public lands and to ensure that current protections are not weakened. There are many good Conservation and Environmental Organizations that work on specific issues affecting our Wilderness areas, National Forests, and roadless areas that allow you to get involved in their campaigns. You can also sign up to recieve Action Alert email notifications of new or urgent issues. Local activism can make a big difference in protecting our outdoor treasures and is just good stewardship!.

More Outdoor Ethics and Stewardship Information

Fireworks: Cheap Thrills with Toxic Consequences
Heavy Metal Fallout from Fireworks Creates Needless Pollution and an Unnecessary Risk to Our Personal and Environmental Health

The Outdoor Code
As an American, I will do my best to
Be clean in my outdoor manners,
Be careful with fire,
Be considerate in the outdoors,
and be conservation-minded.

Definition of Stewardship

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