Master Educator Courses

Canoe-based Leave No Trace Master Educator – Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK)

This five-day course is designed for individuals who are actively teaching others backcountry skills or providing recreation information to the public.  The overall goal of the course is to train educators and others in ways to practice and teach Leave No Trace skills and ethics. Through classroom discussions, lectures, and a four-day camping experience, this course will cover the seven Leave No Trace principles and discuss wildland ethics, as well as give the participants the tools and techniques for disseminating these low-impact skills to other users of backcountry lands.  Participants could include a mixture of federal agency partners, educators, outdoor retailers, youth group and outing club leaders, and other individuals.  Upon completion of the course, you will be qualified to teach Leave No Trace Trainer courses.  The Leave No Trace Master Educator qualification is recognized and valued throughout the outdoor industry.

We will be canoe camping for four days and three nights.  We’ll paddle only a couple of miles each day on flat and slow-moving water to allow plenty of time to cover course material, which we will do both during the day and into the evenings.  The Adirondack Park provides some of the most spectacular paddling in the eastern United States.  The St. Regis Canoe Area is the only designated canoe area in the state.  It is managed as a wilderness with a focus on non-motorized water recreation and the protection of water quality and fishery resources.  Containing the headwaters of the West and Middle branches of the St. Regis and Saranac Rivers, the area is noted for its clear spring-fed ponds, short carries, tranquil beauty and wild character.  Participants should be able to paddle multiple miles per day, carry a canoe with a partner, and hike with a heavy backpack (about 40-55 pounds).  We look forward to meeting you, and hope to see you out on the water with us!

Cost: $725 (ADK Members receive a 10% discount, includes instruction, meals from dinner from Day 1 through lunch on Day 5, Leave No Trace curriculum and materials, a one-year Leave No Trace Individual Membership, use of group gear, and a night stay in our Yurt Village.)

Contact: Tyler Socash, ADK’s Education Programs Coordinator,, 518-523-3480 x120

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