Leave No Trace Trainer Course - The Mountaineers-2019

Stewardship & Outdoor Leadership Course

Leave No Trace Trainer Course

Learn how to minimize your impact in the outdoors.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

Beyond “pack it in, pack it out”

Aggressive camp jays, trampled alpine meadows, toilet paper flowers and spider-web approach trails – whether you enjoy popular day hikes or scramble to remote peaks, chances are you have observed many of the social and environmental impacts of careless recreation. We can all learn to make better decisions in the backcountry.

From bear hangs to blue bags - learn about techniques to lighten your recreational footprint and gain skills for teaching others the principles of low-impact recreation during The Mountaineers Leave No Trace Trainer course. Together, participants explore science-based research about recommended best practices and discuss the spectrum of personal comfort levels, ethics and philosophies that determine how individuals make choices for how to recreate in the backcountry.

The Leave No Trace Trainer course follows curriculum established by The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and covers the principles, mission, and ethics of Leave No Trace as well as information about the Trainer's role and techniques for educating others. Participants learn to effectively educate their friends, family, youth audiences and peers about Leave No Trace, as well as lead Awareness Workshops. As the second highest level of Leave No Trace training, course graduates earn the nationally-recognized title Leave No Trace Trainer and receive a certificate of completion from the Center for Outdoor Ethics/Leave No Trace organization.

Course participants will each present a 20-minute lesson on a Leave No Trace principle (assigned before course begins). Participants will be expected to furnish their own camping gear and snacks. Meals are provided and part of the instruction.

Note that you must also sign up for the March 30-31 overnight trip to Ancient Lakes. Ancient Lakes will serve as our "classroom".

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Overnight backpacking gear.

Details will be provided to course participants prior to the field trip.

Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.