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Leave No Trace (LNT) is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski or climb. The program strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations.


LNT Master Educator Certification:

A Master Educator Course (MEC) is typically five days in length and designed for people who are actively teaching others backcountry skills or providing recreation information to the public. As of January 2010, there are over 3500 Leave No Trace Masters world wide representing nine countries and 50 U.S. states. This valuable training is recognized throughout the world by the outdoor industry and land management agencies. The profile of our 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 MEC have the ability to train others in Leave No Trace skills and ethics, as well as offer Leave No Trace Trainer courses (two-day) and Awareness Workshops (one-day or shorter).

The MEC 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 a short backcountry trip learning and practicing the principles of Leave No Trace.

Each WLI course is staffed by a Master Educator Instructor with in-depth field experience. Students will learn Leave No Trace techniques through skits, discussions, and hands-on activities. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to practice Leave No Trace teaching strategies in a supportive and educational environment. Each participant will teach a short session geared toward minimum impact Leave No Trace concerns. Every participant on a Master Educator course will receive a one-year membership to Leave No Trace. This membership gives new Master Educators better access to teaching resources, as well as closer contact with the Center for education, training and outreach questions.


LNT Trainer Certification:

The Trainer Course (TC) is a vital component of the Leave No Trace program. It is a shortened version of the Master course. Students receive introductory training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics in a condensed two day format. The TC focuses on learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and techniques for disseminating these low impact skills. Successful graduates of the TC gain the skills to teach Leave No Trace techniques and ethics to others in a variety of settings such as schools, camps and parks.

Workshop topics include the underlying ethics and seven principles of Leave No Trace:

· Plan Ahead and Prepare

· Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

· Dispose of Waste Properly

· Leave What You Find

· Minimize Campfire Impacts

· Respect Wildlife

· Be Considerate of Other Visitors


LNT Awareness Workshop:

The third tier of Leave No Trace training is the Awareness Workshop. An Awareness Workshop is a formal Leave No Trace presentation that may be up to one day in length. This experiential based program is designed to give all potential students an introductory training in the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace.