Participant Eligibility
Participants in this Leave No Trace Master Educator course must be in good health and able to hike 3-5 miles a day (carrying their personal gear and a portion of group gear and food). This course is designed to travel at a leisurely pace to allow time for instruction and presentations, but does require the appropriate level of physical fitness.   

Course Fee
The course fee varies per person depending on the location.  This fee includes instruction, all food and beverages, group camping equipment/canoes, permit and camping fees, shuttles, training equipment, teaching curriculum, handouts, Master Educator lapel pin and patch, some Leave No Trace gear, a one year membership to Leave No Trace, a comprehensive LNT Training Supply package, and educational support to conduct your own Leave No Trace Trainer Courses.  A $250 deposit is required to hold a spot on the course.

Partial scholarships may be available through Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. To learn more or apply on-line, visit You must first be registered in a course to apply for a scholarship.

A Leave No Trace Master Educator course emphasizes skills and techniques essential to Leave No Trace minimum impact outdoor ethics and education.  Leave No Trace courses do not teach basic travel, camping, or other outdoor skills, nor do they provide outdoor instructor certification.  

Core Components for Master 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 LNT teaching skills and techniques, student learning styles, and development of lesson plans. 
6.    Development of an LNT action plan.
7.    At least one 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 LNT 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

Graduates of the Masters course are expected to teach others, including agency personnel and the public, the principles of Leave No Trace through Awareness Workshops of any length or Leave No Trace Trainer courses of at least 16 hours in duration.  In order to better equip Masters to meet this expectation, each participant will teach at least one class in the field during their Master Course.  These classes provide hands-on learning experiences and the chance to practice Leave No Trace teaching strategies in a supportive, educational environment.  

CONTACT: Class size is limited. Please reserve your spot today.

Leave no trace master educator

This Master Educator course is five days in length and designed for people who are actively teaching others backcountry skills or providing recreation information to the public. This valuable training is recognized throughout the world by the outdoor industry and land management agencies. The profile of graduates is highly varied from USFS and NPS backcountry rangers to scout leaders, from outdoor retail executives to school teachers, from college outing club members to outfitters and guides.  Successful graduates of the Master Educator course have the ability to train others in Leave No Trace skills and ethics, and can offer Leave No Trace Trainer courses (two-day) and Awareness Workshops (one-day or shorter). 

The Master Educator Course provides participants with a comprehensive overview of Leave No Trace skills and ethics through practical application in a field-based setting. The first day is spent in a classroom, introducing the course and schedule, providing in-depth information on the overall Leave No Trace program and the Center for Outdoor Ethics, reviewing gear, and packing. The remaining days are spent in the field on short backcountry trips (backpacking) learning and practicing the principles of Leave No Trace.

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