Leave No Trace Master Educator Course - Nov. 1-5

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Leave No Trace Master Educator Course - Nov. 1-5

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November 1-5, 2019
Glendale Outdoor Leadership School

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This five-day course is designed for individuals who are actively teaching others backcountry skills or providing recreation information to the public. The overall goal of the course is to train educators and others in ways to practice and teach Leave No Trace skills and ethics. Through classroom discussions, lectures and a four-day camping 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 backcountry lands. 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.

Course fee includes

Instruction, curriculum and teaching materials, a subscription to the Leave No Trace Center’s “The Resource” and a one-year Leave No Trace Membership. Meals Day #1 lunch through Day #5 lunch, group equipment, and transportation during the course are also included.

We’ll be backpacking for three days, two nights. We will be hiking between 3-6 miles each day on moderate terrain to allow plenty of time to cover course material, which we will do both during the day and into the evenings. The terrain of the Foothills Trail varies greatly, so participants should be prepared for rocky, rugged and sometimes steep conditions. Participants should be in good physical condition and be able to hike with a full pack (about 40-55 pounds) for 3-6 miles per day. We will camp at designated campsites, managed campsites, impacted campsites and explore the possibility of a pristine site, all along the Foothills Trail.


A Leave No Trace Master Educator course emphasizes the skills and techniques essential to Leave No Trace minimum impact outdoor ethics and education. As stated in the Leave No Trace Disclaimer of liability, Leave No Trace courses do not teach basic travel, camping, or other outdoor skills, nor do they provide outdoor instructor certification. A Leave No Trace Master Educator course includes a minimum of four eight-hour days and at least three nights camping in the field. Core Components for Master Educator course Curriculum

 1. Review of the role of Leave no Trace Master Educator.

 2. Discussion and practice of the principles and ethics of Leave No Trace.

3. Discussion of the Leave No Trace Trainer concept and Training Guidelines.

4. Overview of recreation ecology and types of resource and social impacts.

5. Discussion of leave no Trace teaching skills and techniques, student learning styles, and development of lesson plans.

6. Development of a Leave No Trace action plan.

7. At least on student led teaching exercise by each participant.

8. Focus on interactive and hands-on field experiences.

9. Review of the mission and need for the Leave No Trace program.

10. A historical overview of the Leave No Trace program.

11. Discussion of the role, function, and administrative structure of the federal land management agencies’ Leave No Trace programs.

12. Overview of the role, function, and administrative structure of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

TEACHING SESSION: The Leave No Trace Master Educator Course is the foundation of the national Leave No Trace education model. Graduates of the Master Educator course are expected to teach others, including agency personnel and the public, the principles of Leave No Trace. To better equip Master Educators to meet this expectation, each participant will teach at least on class in the field during their Master Educator Course. These classes provide hands-on learning experiences and the chance to practice Leave No Trace teaching strategies in a supportive, educational environment.