1. Trash your Trash
Put litter—even crumbs, peels and cores— in garbage bags and carry it
home or throw it in trash receptacles. Extra food, even apple cores and
banana peels can do great damage to wildlife. Did you know it takes up
to two years for orange or banana peels to decompose in nature; more
than 10 years for plastic bags and more than 80 years for aluminum cans
2. Dog Dogma
Use a plastic bag to pack out your dog’s poop to a garbage can. Dog
waste can be harmful to the natural environment and can cause the spread
of invasive species.
3. Take Only Pictures. Leave Only Footprints
According to U.S. state and national park services, Americans logged
1.6 billion visits to national and state park lands last year. If we all
took a memento from nature during those visits, the landscape would
change. Fill the memory card on your camera rather than your pockets and
leave nature as you found it for others to enjoy.
4. Keep Wildlife Wild
Human food is unhealthy for all wildlife and feeding them can have
unfortunate consequences such as drawing them to people and roads and
making them sick.
5. Refuse the Makeover
No need for a major remodel of nature. Bring your own lightweight camp
or picnic furniture and conveniences such as camp gas stoves, sleeping
pads, chairs and lanterns. When you leave, it should look as though you
were never there.