Leave No Trace Master Educator, Trainer and Awareness Training


The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics seeks to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the impacts of recreation and techniques to prevent and minimize those impacts. To accomplish this, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has created a three step training structure to train and educate Leave-No-Trace Masters and Trainers, who are then able to spread the message to their peers and the public to learn, promote and practice Leave-No-Trace ethics.

The Leave No Trace Training Structure

The three-tiered structure of Leave No Trace training includes:

The Master Educator Course represents the highest level of training, providing participants with a comprehensive training in Leave-No-Trace ethics and skills through practical applications in the field. The training schedule consists of a classroom day and a four-day backpacking trip, learning and practicing the principles of Leave-No-Trace through skits, discussions and hands-on activities. Most Master Educator Courses include a one year membership to Leave-No-Trace, providing participants with access to additional teaching resources. Upon completion of the Master Educator Course, participants are able to then teach the second level course, the Trainer Course.

The Trainer Course is a 2-day course that focuses on learning more about the ethics and principles of Leave-No-Trace and techniques for disseminating low impact skills. The course is intended for guides, educators, agency employees and other outdoor professionals. Graduates of the course can use their knowledge to teach Leave-No-Trace techniques to clients and members of the public.

The third level of the training structure, Awareness Workshops, is intended for anyone interested in Leave-No-Trace ethics and skills. An Awareness Workshop can be any formal Leave No Trace presentation that is one-day or less in length. These presentations can include a wide variety of programs, ranging from a 30-minute presentation to a day-long workshop. Experiential-based training in an outdoor setting is encouraged. This course can be taught by Master Educators and Trainers.

Additional Information

The national Leave No Trace training program has grown to include over 6,500 Leave No Trace Master Educators, and more than 32,000 Leave No Trace Trainers. As the number of institutions, organizations and agencies interested in offering Leave No Trace training programs increases, it is important to maintain stringent standardized guidelines.

For guidelines on conducting Master Educator Courses,Trainer Courses, and Awareness Workshops, please click here.

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