Leave no trace trainer

The Leave No Trace Trainer Course is a vital component of the nationwide Leave No Trace program. Participants receive introductory training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics in a condensed two-day format. The Trainer Course assists the student participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and techniques for disseminating these low impact skills.

WHERE: Green Earth Outdoors Outdoor Education Center  
Map to the Outdoor Education Center.

COST: $65 per person if paid 15 days in advance. The fee covers all food, snacks and beverages, group equipment, camp fees, training equipment, training materials, a LNT Trainer’s Kit (which includes a full set of LNT Reference Cards, Posters, Trainer lapel pin, Trainer patch, LNT stickers, some Leave No Trace gear, Skill and Ethics Booklet, pocket guides, videos, training activities, and a flash drive of LNT Resources), certificate, and extensive educational support to conduct your own Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.

Scholarships are available for eligible youth members of organizations that promote and practice Leave No Trace (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, etc.).

DESCRIPTION: This course will allow participants to learn and practice in an outdoor setting the Principles of Leave No Trace and prepare individuals to act as Leave No Trace-recognized Trainers from Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics 

The training includes 16 hours of hands-on instruction and overnight camping.  The first night camping (Friday) will be conducted in a frontcountry setting impacted site and the second night camping (Saturday) will be conducted in a pristine backcountry setting.  Participants will need to hike a short distance to the backcountry site. 

As part of the Trainer Course curriculum, participants will also be required to lead a 10-15 minute discussion or presentation on one of the Leave No Trace principles or other impact topic.  Further details and resources will be provided upon registration.  These courses are presented by Green Earth Outdoors, an affiliated partner and approved training provider for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and the Lincoln Heritage Council, BSA. 

GEAR: Participants need to bring their own personal camping equipment (a list is provided upon registration).   If you don’t have your own, we have rental gear available and will extend a 25% discount for participants. View Rental Gear options or Contact Us for details. 

COURSE TIMES: The course begins with registration and camp set up at 6:00pm on Friday with the program starting at 7:00pm. The course will conclude by 12:00pm on Sunday.

WHO: Any individual adult or youth at least age 14 interested in learning and practicing the 7 Principles Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics and teaching them to others or general outdoor enthusiasts who want to learn the skills needed to minimize their recreational impacts.  Typical attendees include backpackers, paddlers, Scouts, Venturers, Scout leaders, camp counselors, guides, outdoor groups/clubs, specialty outdoor retail associates and trip leaders.  Every Scouting unit, outdoor organization or club should have at least one Leave No Trace Trainer.   

YOUTH MEMBERS: To support the addition of Leave No Trace elements to the Boy Scouts of America (this Trainer Course is required for Boy Scouts who have been appointed to the Position of Responsibility of Leave No Trace Trainer) and Girl Scouts of the USA program, youth (at least age 14) are encouraged to attend. A parent or registered adult Scouter(s) who is trained and complies with their respective program’s youth protection policies should attend with the youth.

CONTACT: Please reserve your spot by registering at least three weeks prior to the session you wish to attend. This allows us time to have adequate quantities of materials for the course. To facilitate your preparation for the course, we recommend an earlier registration if possible. 

Upon registration, you will receive more details concerning packing list, directions, presentation information, etc.  To request a youth scholarship application, contact us at the number above.  Scholarship applications should be submitted no later than 3 weeks prior to the course.    

GROUP/UNIT COURSES: If your unit/group/club has several adults and/or youth interested in a Leave No Trace Trainer Course, we can facilitate a course specifically for your group at a time and location that best meets your needs.

what to expect