Can Master Educators run Leave No Trace Master Educator courses?

No. Individual Master Educators are NOT allowed, qualified or authorized to offer Leave No Trace Master Educator Courses independent of one of the 7 approved Master Educator Course Providers. Such courses will not be recognized by the Center and participants will not receive Master Educator status from the Center. Leave No Trace Master Educators are approved to run Leave No Trace Trainer Courses and Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops. For more information, contact the Center directly.

Can I teach Leave No Trace if I don't have any formal Leave No Trace training?

Yes, with the exception of Leave No Trace Trainer and Master Educator Courses. While formal training in Leave No Trace can greatly enhance ones understanding of the skills and ethics associated with the Leave No Trace program, no formal training is necessary to teach others about Leave No Trace, particularly at the Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop level.

Does the Center have programs for kids and teens?

Yes. In 2001 the Center, in partnership with REI, created a youth curriculum called PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids). The program comes in a “PEAK Pack” or packet of activities used to introduce kids the to Leave No Trace principles. The activities, which are best for the elementary school age group, can each be facilitated in 20-45 minutes. The activities are a great pre-trip lesson for an outdoor program, can be done in the field or in a classroom setting.

Who can offer Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops?

Those successfully completing the Leave No Trace Master Educator or Leave No Trace Trainer course are able to conduct Awareness Workshops. Others who are familiar with Leave No Trace but have received no formal Leave No Trace training are also encouraged to conduct Awareness Workshops. Anyone offering Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops must follow the Awareness Workshop Guidelines. More information on Awareness Workshops can be found here.

Who can offer Leave No Trace Trainer Courses?

Those successfully completing the Master Educator Course are able to conduct Leave No Trace Trainer Courses. Although Master Educators do not need to be affiliated with an organization to offer Trainer Courses, Master Educators must comply with the Center’s Training Agreement, be an individual member of Leave No Trace and follow the approved Leave No Trace Training Guidelines. Master Educators must also:

How can my organization become an approved provider of the Leave No Trace Master Educator course?

Once every five years the Center facilitates a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for organizations interested in becoming approved providers of the Leave No Trace Master Educator Course (the most recent RFP process was held in 2013/14). This process allows the Center to review the Master Educator Course and the approved institutions offering the course.

Can I tailor Leave No Trace information to meet my specific needs?

In many situations, Leave No Trace information is best understood and applied when it’s tailored to meet specific needs. Whether you’re a kayaker, day hiker, trail runner, birder, angler, hunter, skier or just like to lay in a field and watch the clouds roll by, having Leave No Trace information that is relevant to you and your environment is ideal.

I don't see any Trainer Courses or Awareness Workshops listed in my state. When will there be a Trainer Course or Awareness Workshop in my state? Or, how do iI find a Trainer Course or Awareness Workshop in my state?

1. Visit the community page for your state (and nearby states) to see if there are any Trainer Courses/Workshops listed.
2. Contact the State Advocate and Master Educators listed in your area and work to set-up a Trainer Course/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?