Level 1 Instructor Courses

Leave No Trace – Virtual Level 1 Instructor Course

Course Dates: Course work begins on January 5, and ends January 23, 2024

Time: Required Course Zoom Meetings: January 10, 11, 17, 18 at 3:30 pm- 6:30 pm Mountain Time, UTC-7


Anyone who spends time outdoors on public lands should be practicing Leave No Trace practices. We are pleased to offer the Virtual Leave No Trace Level 1 Instructor Course as a commitment to help outdoor leaders strengthen their facilitation skills. Using the online format approved by Leave No Trace, this Leave No Trace Level 1 Instructor Course will dive into the ‘why’ of Leave No Trace skills and ethics as well as spend considerable time with techniques for effectively facilitating learning opportunities to share these low impact practices with students of all ages. A lens of equity and inclusion will be embedded throughout the entirety of the course. This course is ideal for outdoor leaders who have knowledge of the Leave No Trace principles and take people of all ages outdoors for single or multi-day courses. Participants will prepare and practice teach a lesson during the course (topics will be selected by participants on the first day of the course). A strong focus on teaching and learning as well as wildland ethics will be incorporated into this virtual training. Prepare to complete 10 hours of online zoom course meetings and 10 hours of additional course pre-work and homework. This course is not ‘at your own pace, on your own’. There will be specific assignment deadlines, synchronous online meetings/classes, and lots of asynchronous on-your-own activities/readings. The zoom course meetings are interactive and engaging and rely on participants full engagement through breakout rooms, editable google slides, padlets, and other online learning tools.


All participants should access the Digital Level 1 Instructor Course Packet available free for download. Participants are also encouraged (not required) to purchase the Leave No Trace Educator Toolkit prior to the course beginning. Purchasing at least one of the teaching books is helpful for participants. Virtual Learning Hardware and Software – these tools will make your learning experience the most effective and pleasant:

  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • Computer camera (so you can be seen by others on zoom) and microphone
  • Familiarity with google slides/docs and have a google/gmail log in
  • Ability to learn how to use Canvas LMS to access the course website and all assignments
  • Must create Padlet.com free login to be able to contribute to course activities and assignments
  • Smartphone or camera to create video of themselves teaching an in-person lesson and then upload it for fellow classmates to view

Pre Course and Post Course Work

  • Participants are sent email communication 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the course with directions for logging into the course canvas website
  • Pre-work assignments are available 5 days before the course begins and are expected to be completed by the first zoom class
  • Post work final assignments are to be completed within 5 days of the last zoom class


Participants must be 18 years old or older and identify as outdoor educators, leaders, instructors, guides, rangers, etc. International folks (outside of USA) are welcome to participate.

Each Course Participant Receives

  • Four 2.5-hour long sessions of engaging interactive virtual instruction from Leave No Trace Level 2 Instructor
  • Learning and sharing with a community of outdoor educators
  • Access to a lively virtual network of over 100 Leave No Trace Level 1 Instructors credentialed by Wild Rose Education
  • A Leave No Trace Level 1 Instructor Certification that will need to be reviewed every 2 years
  • Tools and skills to co-instruct Level 1 Instructor Courses and teach Skills Courses and Workshops
  • Certificate of 24 professional development training hours

Register: www.WildRoseEducation.com/workshops

Contact: Sarah Johnson, [email protected]


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