1. Stay on trail.
Staying on course means you’re putting your best foot forward. Yes, trails inherently leave a trace, but they also ensure foot traffic has as little impact on the land as possible by limiting the foot traffic to one area. Going off trail can damage fragile soil and ecosystems that take millions of years to develop, so stay on the trail, and let “off the beaten path” just be a metaphor when it comes to exploring nature.
2. Don’t pick wildflowers.
You may belong among the wildflowers, but wildflowers are also an important part of the ecosystem because their seeds, nectar, and pollen all support pollinators, birds, and small animals. Picking flowers will prevent them from going to seed, which is essential for many flowers to keep growing year after year. Stop and smell the wildflowers, but leave them be so they can do their job.