How do I get trained in Leave No Trace? How much does it cost?

There are many different ways to become trained in Leave No Trace. When seeking out Leave No Trace training, think about your intended outcomes, how you plan on using the information, if it’s a professional requirement, etc. Then choose from one of the following options:
Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop
Description: A one-day or shorter workshop for the general public about the Leave No Trace program. Participants receive a certificate of completion.
Best for: Individuals interested in general information about Leave No Trace that they intend to share with their families, friends, colleagues or students.
Cost: Most often free, or under $10 (for any materials included)
How to get involved:
1. Check the community page for your state to see if there are any Awareness Workshops listed.
2. Contact the State Advocate and Master Educators listed in your area and work with them to set-up a workshop.
3. Check the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer schedule and request an event (3+ months in advance).
4. Contact the Center with questions or for more information.
Leave No Trace Trainer Course
Description: A two-day field based course for individuals wanting to train others in Leave No Trace Outdoor skills and ethics. Upon completion, participants are recognized as a Leave No Trace Trainers and receive a certificate of completion.
Best for: Individuals interested in more in-depth knowledge of the Leave No Trace program and who want resources to be able to teach Leave No Trace to others; individuals leading, guiding and teaching others in outdoor programs; college students in a related field.
Cost: Varies, but averages approximately $50-100 per participant.
How to get involved:
1. Check out the community page for your state (and nearby states) to see if there are any Trainer Courses listed.
2. Contact the State Advocate and Master Educators listed in your area and work with them to set-up a Trainer Course.
3. Check out the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer schedule and request an event (3+ months in advance). /programs/travelingtrainers.php
4. Contact the Center with questions or for more information.
Leave No Trace Master Educator Course
Description: A five-day field-based course in Leave No Trace practices and techniques, including 3+ nights in the field. Upon completion, participants are recognized as a Leave No Trace Master Educators and receive a certificate of completion.
Best for: Individuals in an outdoor-related profession; guides; land management agency personnel; individual intending to run Leave No Trace Trainer Courses for their staff or the general public.
Cost: Tuition varies with the Course Provider and the course location, generally ranging from $400-$840.
How to get involved: Master Educator Courses are offered by one of the Course Providers contracted through the Center. Currently, these Course Providers include: the Appalachian Mountain Club, Landmark Learning, the Wilderness Education Association, the USDA Forest Service—Ninemile Wildlands Training Center, the National Outdoor Leadership School and the Boys Scouts of America (an in-house provider for registered BSA members only). Visit the Master Educator Course page: /training/mastereducator.php. to view the current course schedule and registration information. For detailed information about a specific course, contact the Course Provider directly.