Make Your Own MOOP Bag

How Do I Make a MOOP Bag? Can’t make one of our upcoming MOOP bag workshops?  Make your own bag! Make more and share them with others! Bring them to us and we’ll share them with others! Why make a MOOP bag? – All Burning Man participants should have their …

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Bandana and MOOP Bag Silkscreening -June 15th!

June 15th ! – Bandana and MOOP Bag Silk Screening Workshop: 10 am! Hey volunteers! We’ll be getting together again to silkscreen Earth Guardian bandannas and make MOOP bags soon!    The more the merrier.   Bring your own T-shirts for the silk-screening, sewing machines to help with the bags and food …

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BLM Environmental Review – Burning Man

Draft Burning Man Environmental Review BLM has posted the documentation for the Draft Burning Man Special Recreation Permit!   A link to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and all of the supporting technical documents is here! Note that the BLM is accepting comments until April 29, 2019.   To comment, click on …

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Earth Guardians – Love Video

Here is an awesome video done by the folks at the Love  Project about who we are and what we do!

Earth Guardians inspire, inform and encourage our fellow Black Rock City citizens to apply the Leave No Trace principles to life in our temporary desert home and to leave positive traces. Each year we try to think of ways to stimulate the Burning Man community to appreciate the Black Rock environment, embrace LNT and greener practices in their own creative ways. By focusing the community’s tremendous artistic, technical and spiritual energy, we can go beyond leaving “no trace” and leave instead, positive traces on the land.

Video by Philip Safarik.

Music by Sa Bat’ Machines: Doushka.

Trail Vision 24bit courtesy of Synchronos Recordings.

Produced by the Burning Man Documentation Team.


Volunteer: LNT Outreach on Playa!

Leave No Trace Outreach & Environmental Compliance Playa Protection Volunteers Needed! 2 Shift Minimum Shifts: 8:00 AM- Noon/2:00 PM – 6:00 (Meal Provided) Required 2 hour Training on Saturday Pre-event or Tuesday of the Event What Will You Do? Travel in ATV/Golf Cart w/ Earth Guardians/Rangers Talk to folks about …

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Burn The Man – Not Your Camp!

Safety Third! The Man is going to burn.  Not just any burn, but a big, hot, amazing, bad ass burn. Black Rock City is all about burning the Man, but burning your camp is not any fun. Nobody wants to burn down their camp. Gasoline cans that are not properly …

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Leave No Trace Principle #1

Plan Ahead and Prepare “Wilderness is a dry, hot, dreary place where all manner of wild beasts dash about uncooked. ” – variation on 19th century quote.   Plan Ahead and Prepare is probably the most important of the seven LNT principles! Plan ahead and Prepare Dispose of Waste Properly …

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Nature and Greening Your Burn Bike Tours – 2018

We have so many events this year that we’re splitting the event postings into multiple postings. This year we have: Bike tours Pot lucks & parties Training and Volunteer Meetings Music and Dance Performances Black Rock / Fly Ranch / MOOP Talks and Activities Sustainable BRC/Alternative Energy Events This post …

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Leave No Trace

Black Rock Leave No Trace Course

We kicked off the LNT course with history of Leave No Trace

Last weekend we traveled to Black Rock to support the Friends of Black Rock and the Nevada Outdoor School in teaching a Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Class!

The short video below show the highlights of the class.  The class was a great chance to reinvigorate our LNT skills and get us all excited about teaching LNT and Black Rock.

Read on below for more information about the class!  If you haven’t already been to a Leave No Trace Class – consider going!   Leave No Trace is about a lot more than just Pack it in , Pack it out!  You’ll leave Tips and techniques for making your hiking, camping or Burning Man trips easier, less stressful and better for the environment!

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

Janice and Mitchell lead us through Plan Ahead and Prepare

As it should be, the class was focused on the seven LNT principles, how they apply in different situations and how to teach them.  Do you know what the seven principles of LNT are?

  1. Plan ahead and Prepare
  2. Dispose of Waste Properly
  3. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  4. Be Considerate to Other Visitors
  5. Leave What You Find
  6. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  7. Respect Wildlife


We had a great mix of Burners from different departments (Man Build, Playa Info, ESD, Theme Camp LNT leads, EGs) as well as participants from Friends of Black Rock High Rock interested in being guides at Fly Ranch.  In addition to playing lots of games which help us think through how the seven principles apply in wilderness areas, we also talked about applications at both Burning Man and at Fly Ranch.


Double Hot, Black Rock and Trego Hot Springs

We did spend some time at the Friends of Black Rock office for some classes, but spent most of our time at local area hot springs and hiking on Steamboat!  The local hot springs are great examples of sensitive zones around the playa where impacts vary from significant to minimal.

In particular, we were concerned by the heavy impacts of visitors to Trego Hot Springs.  In contrast, Black Rock Springs and Double Hot showed some impacts and trash, but were really beautiful and a great place to discuss what durable surfaces really are and how to be considerate to others.

Teaching Leave No Trace

While we typically think of ‘teaching’ involving lectures and power points, much of our learning this weekend was done through games and discussions.  See one of the funnier skits below.

More Information

National LNT Center for Outdoor Ethics:  

– Online Awareness Course:
– Tread Lightly

Teaching Sites
– Environmental Education for Kids
– Project Learning Tree