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Outdoor Education Resources

When playing in the outdoors it is important to understand your impact on the environment. It is your responsibiltiy to ensure that you understand the laws, regulations, and techniques, all designed to sustain our great outdoors and ensure it is there for generations to come.


Leave No Trace
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. Learn more about the simple Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.

Local Mountains & History
Have you ever wondered what the name of a particular mountain is? Use this interactive map to learn more about the mountains that surround Roanoke. Learn how Tinker Mountain got its name or where Buck Mountain is located. Make sure your volume is on - then move your mouse over and click on the mountain you want to know more about.

First Aid Courses
From Basic First Aid and CPR to Wilderness First Responder, the Roanoke Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts courses throughout the year.


Mountain Bike Rules of the Trail
These guidelines for trail behavior are recognized around the world. The International Mountain Bike Associatino (IMBA) developed the "Rules of the Trail" to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary, depending on traffic conditions and the intended use of the trail.

Road Cycling Rules of the Road
When riding on roads bicycles are subject to the same laws as motor vehicles. Riders of all ages should use these tips to help ensure safe and legal bike operation. Law requires bicyclists to ride single file when group riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Guide to Bicycle Commuting in the New River and Roanoke Valleys
This guide presents common-sense solutions for the casual rider. It addresses the special concerns of bicycle commuters, who are generally using city streets and face special challenges of safety and visbility during peak traffic times. This guide is a product of Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission planning staff.

Bicycling Commuting Tips
increase your safety and confidence while bicycling on any road, whether you are a beginner or an expert. You'll have more fun and feel better about riding, be it for pleasure, fitness or transportation.

Bicycling Laws and Safety Tips
Learn about local cycling laws and other great safety tips to keep you safely riding in Roanoke.


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