Master Educator Course Providers

Adirondack Mountain Club

Master Educator Course                                        

  • This five-day course is designed for individuals who are actively teaching others backcountry skills or providing recreation information to the public. Through classroom discussions, lectures and a four-day backpacking or canoe trip, 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 the backcountry.
  • 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.
  • Cost: $629 for Adirondack Mountain Club members ($699 for non-members; become an Adirondack Mountain Club member and save 10%).
  • Course fee includes instruction, curriculum and teaching materials, a subscription to the Center's monthly publication, The Resource, and a one-year Leave No Trace Individual membership. One night's lodging in the loft of the Adirondak Loj, meals, group equipment, and transportation during the course are also included.
  • Custom Leave No Trace Trainings                   
  • If you have a group of at least 6 people who cannot attend a currently scheduled course, contact ADK about setting up a custom Master Educator or Trainer course. You pick the dates, location, and help set up logistics, and we’ll offer the course at a discounted rate to your group.

Trainer Course                                           

  • The Trainer Course is a vital component of the nationwide Leave No Trace program.Participants receive introductory training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics in a condensed two-day format. The Trainer Course assists the student participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and techniques for disseminating these low impact skills.
  • Cost: $113 for Adirondack Mountain Club members/$125 for non-members.  Course fee includes instruction, course materials, meals, use of group equipment, and a one-year Leave No Trace Individual Membership.

For more information contact:

RYAN DOYLE
ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN CLUB
PO BOX 867
LAKE PLACID, NY 12946
(518) 523-3480 ext. 19
WORKSHOPS@ADK.ORG
WWW.ADK.ORG

Appalachian Mountain Club

 

  • If you have a group of at least 6 people who cannot attend a currently scheduled course, contact AMC about setting up a custom Master course. You pick the dates, location, and help set up logistics, and we’ll offer the course at a discounted rate to your group.
  • All courses consist of one classroom day and four days in the backcountry (not overly strenuous but requiring some experience and good health).
  • Successful completion of the Master Educator course qualifies you to offer and teach two-day Leave No Trace Trainer courses and Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.
  • AMC typically offers courses in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Additional course locations across the Northeast and beyond could be arranged.
  • Course fee includes instruction, teaching materials, lifetime subscription to the Leave No Trace Tracker, one-year Leave No Trace individual membership, first night’s lodging, all meals, and group camping equipment.
  • To register for a course, first complete and submit the Leave No Trace Master Educator Course Application. Once your application is approved, the AMC will contact you to complete your registration.
  • Partial course scholarships are available from the Center.

For more information contact:

ALEX DELUCIA
APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB
PO BOX 298
GORHAM, NH 03581
603-466-2721 EXT. 8128
AMCLNT@OUTDOORS.ORG
WWW.OUTDOORS.ORG

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

 

  • Established in 1925, the ATC is a not-for-profit partner in the cooperative-management system responsible for maintaining and preserving the 2,185 mile Appalachian Trail and its resources.
  • Master Educator Course fees include tuition, first night's lodging, course educational materials, all meals, group gear (camping and cooking equipment), permitting fees, and a 1-year membership to the Leave No Trace Center.
  • All Master Educator courses consist of one classroom day and four days on the A.T. in the backcountry (requiring some experience and good health).
  • Successful completion of the Master Educator course qualifies you to offer and teach two-day Leave No Trace Trainer courses and Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.
  • ATC will host custom Master Educator courses to fit the specific needs of a group or organization.  Custom courses require a minimum of 6 students. 
  • To register for a course, first complete and submit the Leave No Trace Master Educator Course Application. Once your application is approved, the ATC will contact you to complete your registration.
  • Partial course scholarships are available from the Center.
  • In addition to the Master Educator course, the ATC also offers Trainer courses and Awareness workshops.

For more information please contact:

MARIAN ORLOUSKY
APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY
4 EAST FIRST STREET
BOILING SPRINGS, PA 17007
LEAVENOTRACE@APPALACHIANTRAIL.ORG717.258.5771 EXT. 208
WWW.APPALACHIANTRAIL.ORG

Backcountry Horsemen of California

 

Master Educator Stock Course 

  • Backcountry Horsemen of California (BCHC) is a group of dedicated men and women working to preserve the historic use of trails with recreational pack and saddle stock. BCHC members perform public service activities for numerous land management agencies and are continually working to educate other members and the general public.
  • Our five-day course is designed for individuals who have the desire to teach others backcountry stock skills. This course is in a Trail Head Camp location. Through classroom discussions, lectures, 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 the backcountry.
  • All meals, materials and camp fees are included, participants must provide their own camp gear and transportation.
  • Participants could include a mixture of federal agency partners, educators, outdoor retailers, youth group, private stock owners, outing club leaders, and other individuals.
  • Our courses are primarily located in the California, but we can provide a course anywhere in the US. Current scheduled courses are listed the Centers Calendar and http://www.bchcalifornia.org/lntmasters.htm   Special arrangement can be made for other States.
  • To register for a course, first complete and submit the Leave No Trace Master Educator Course Application. Once your application is approved, BCHC will contact you to complete your registration. http://www.bchcalifornia.org/docs/BCHCLNTMasterCourseEnrollForm.pdf
  • In addition to the Master Educator course, the BCHC also offers Trainer courses and Awareness workshops.

 

For more information contact:

 RUTHIE HEUER                                                                                                                                                                                     (559) 568-1260                                                                                                                                                                              RMHEUER@GMAIL.COM

 DAN HORN                                                                                                                                                                                            (707) 953-4903                                                                                                                                                                              BEARSTRAP@MSN.COM

 

Green Earth Outdoors

Master Educator Course

  • Our courses are primarily located in the Midwest, but we can provide a course anywhere in the US.  Current scheduled courses are listed HERE.  Prices vary by location.   
  • If you have a group who cannot attend an existing scheduled Master Educator course, Contact Us about setting up a Master course for your group.   We offer backpacking, canoeing and stock courses.   
  • All of our ME courses consist of one day in a classroom with outside activities and four days in the backcountry.   Backcountry travel is moderate to allow time for the course content.  Participants should have some outdoor experience and be in good health.  
  • Successful completion of the Master Educator course qualifies you to offer and teach two-day Leave No Trace Trainer courses and Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.
  • Course fee includes instruction, teaching materials, some Leave No Trace gear and swag, an extensive package of training materials including a comprehensive flash drive of resources, a personalize Master Educator name tag, ME patch and pin, the coveted Order of the Trowel regalia, a one-year Leave No Trace individual membership,  all lodging/camping fees, all meals, and group camping equipment.
  • Register HERE for a course and complete and submit the Leave No Trace Master Educator Course Application. Once your application is approved, you will receive email notification to confirm your registration.
  • Course scholarships are available from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Trainer Course

  • Trainer courses are for any individual adult or youth at least age 14 interested in learning and practicing the Principles Leave No Trace and teaching them to others or general outdoor enthusiasts who want to learn the skills needed to minimize their recreational impacts.  Typical attendees include backpackers, paddlers, Scouts, Venturers, Scout leaders, camp counselors, guides, outdoor groups/clubs, specialty outdoor retail associates and trip leaders.  Every Scouting unit, outdoor organization or club should have at least one Leave No Trace Trainer.   Open to the public.     
  • Current scheduled courses are listed HERE
  • If you have a group who cannot attend an existing scheduled Trainer course, Contact Us about setting up a Trainer course for your group.   Prices vary by location.    
  • $65.00 per person if paid 15 days in advance, $75 otherwise. The fee covers all meals, group equipment, camp fees, training equipment and materials, a Leave No Trace Trainer’s Kit and a flash drive of Leave No Trace Resources, and certificate.
  • Participants are required to lead a 10-15 minute presentation on one of the Leave No Trace principles. 
  • What to bring, directions, course details, presentation topic assignments and resources are provided 30 days prior to the course.  
  • Clothing and equipment for an overnight backpacking trip; a list will be provided upon registration.

For more information contact:    

DOUGLAS WAGONER
GREEN EARTH OUTDOORS
502-475-7445
LNT@greenearthoutdoors.com
www.greenearthoutdoors.com

 

Landmark Learning

 

  • Landmark Learning is nationally accredited through ACCET (accet.org) -courses are eligible for college credit through our partner schools.
  • Open enrollment courses are available for individuals seeking training. If you have a group that would like to run a private or blended-enrollment course, we can schedule one to fit the specific needs (backpacking,whitewater, frontcountry, etc.) and dates for your group. Groups larger than 10? Let's discuss multiple course opportunities.
  • Landmark Learning offers multiple teaching opportunities and a unique Public Interface opportunity on Day 5 of every course, allowing students to immediately put into practice the skills and knowledge groomed during the course.
  • Also available: Leave No Trace Trainer courses and Leave No Trace Workshops.
  • Course fees include tuition, course materials, backcountry food, camping and permitting fees, 1-year membership to Leave No Trace.
  • Partial course scholarships are available from the Center.
  • Visit the course calendar to select an open enrollment opportunity. Complete the Student Application and Enrollment agreement and send it to our Student Services Coordinator to initiate your enrollment. You will receive confirmation of your spot on the course when your application fee has been received.
  • See full course calendar HERE

For more information contact:

STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATOR
LANDMARK LEARNING
828.293.5384
MAIN@LANDMARKLEARNING.EDU
WWW.LANDMARKLEARNING.EDU

 

National Outdoor Leadership School

 

  • NOLS is the original provider of Leave No Trace Master Educator courses.
  • 2 hours of college credit are available from the University of Utah.
  • AmeriCorps Education Awards may be used through an arrangement with Western State Colorado University.
  • Custom Leave No Trace courses available worldwide.
  • Leave No Trace courses can be combined with Wilderness Medicine Institute courses for efficient staff training.
  • Capable of running courses in National Parks.
  • NOLS will provide food and all group gear (tents and cooking equipment) for the five days of the course.
  • Successful completion of the Master Educator course qualifies you to offer and teach two-day Leave No Trace Trainer courses and Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.
  • Partial course scholarships are available from the Center and through NOLS.
  • If there are no courses offered in your geographic area, NOLS may be able to design a custom or contract course to meet your needs. This can be a great way for organizations to train their staff at substantial cost savings

For more information contact:

NATIONAL OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP SCHOOL

284 LINCOLN STREET LANDER, WY 82520
1.800.710.NOLS (6657) X 2220
LNT@NOLS.EDU
HTTP://WWW.NOLS.EDU/LNT

 

Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries

 

  • SROM is excited to be an advocate for the Center For Outdoor Ethics and is eager to continue to put the Leave No Trace principles into action on each and every course.
  • SROM believes that the Bible has much to say about creation care, and understands that stewardship needs to inform the modern Leave No Trace ethic.
  • With this understanding, SROM has developed the Master Educator curriculum to integrate with a biblical worldview. SROM believes that this perspective can both invigorate and mobilize young Christ-centered outdoor leaders to be a highly trained voice in the field of outdoor education and wilderness adventure. 
  • SROM's Zion National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park ME Courses are considered ‘front country’ courses, and will generally consist of low mileage each day over moderate terrain, to allow extra time to cover course material. Teaching sessions are held during the day and may continue into the evenings. Participants must be in good physical condition and must be able to hike with a full pack for 2-4 miles per day.
  • Grand Canyon and Snowy Range ME Courses are considered ‘back country’ expeditions, and will include significant elevation gain and loss, average 4-5 miles per day, and require pack weight between 40-60% of student’s body weight. Participants must be in good physical condition, and must be able to hike on uneven terrain with a full pack for 4-5 miles per day.
  • There are also opportunities for private basecamp-style courses that generally involve minimal travel during the day, which may be better suited for some individuals. Please contact SROM's Admissions Department for more details on planning a private course.

For more information, contact:

SROM

617 PLAZA CT; LARAMIE, WY 82070                                                                                                                                              307.755.0642 x102                                                                                                                                                                          LEAVENOTRACE@SROM.ORG                                                                                                                                                     SROM.ORG/LEAVENOTRACE/

Student Conservation Association

  • Custom Leave No Trace courses available across the US & US Territories
  • Available to provide Leave No Trace Awareness, Trainer, and Master Educator Courses
  • SCA provides food and all group gear for the five days of the course
  • Partial course scholarships are available from the Center
  • Focus on Leave No Trace in long term basecamp situations
  • Focus on minimizing heavy impact actives related to maintenance of public lands

For more information contact:

JOSIAH DOWNEY
STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOC.
PO BOX 550
CHARLESTOWN, NH 03603
(603) 543-1700 x1313
www.thesca.org