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The Leave No Trace Trainer Course will enhance your understanding of Leave No Trace wilderness ethics, equip you with the skills to travel lightly and improve your ability to teach Leave No Trace ethics and skills to others. Participants should have at least a moderate level of backpacking experience and be fit enough to carry an overnight pack for several miles each day. This is not a course in camping or backpacking skills. Through hands-on activities, group discussion and student presentations, participants will learn how to incorporate the Leave No Trace ethics and skills into their outdoor activities, with a particular focus on camping and backpacking. Successful participants will become official Leave No Trace Trainers and receive a certificate from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Participants will learn specific ways to share the 7 principles of Leave No Trace: plan ahead and prepare, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, and be considerate of other visitors.
Who: Private individuals, camp counselors, land management agency personnel, outdoor educators, guides and outfitters, outdoor retailers are all welcome. Adults and youth 13+ years old (under 16 must be accompanied by adult) with some backpacking experience and reasonable fitness level. Total group size will be limited to 15.
Cost: $60 tuition will cover course materials, instruction, food, and Leave No Trace Trainer certificate. Scholarships are available.
Gear: Personal backpacking gear, including backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc. A gear list will be provided for all participants
Location: East side of Olympic National Forest near Brinnon/Eldon, WA. Location will be finalized a week prior to the course and emailed to registered participants.