Leave No Trace Master Educator


Content provided by Leave No Trace of the Center for Outdoor Ethics:

Leave No Trace Nature Waterfall

Minimizing our impact on the natural environment helps preserve pristine wilderness settings for generations to come.

As of January 2016, there were over 7,245 Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educators worldwide, representing 28 countries and the 50 United States. This invaluable training is recognized and highly regarded throughout the world, especially by the outdoor industry, as well as land management agencies. The profile of LNT Master Educator graduates is extremely varied; from outdoor retail executives, school teachers, USFS and NPS backcountry rangers, to scout leaders, college outing club members, outfitters and guides.

Successful graduates of the Master Educator course have the ability to train others in Leave No Trace skills and ethics. Master Educators can conduct Leave No Trace Trainer courses (two-day) and Awareness Workshops (one-day or shorter).


Certification Conferred

Those who complete this training will be certified Leave No Trace Master Educators by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.


Other Course Options

For those who desire a shorter and more economical program, check out our 2-day Leave No Trace Trainer course.  The LNT Trainer course is designed for outdoor leaders who will be providing the LNT training to their trip participants and clients, but not necessarily teaching the curriculum in depth.

Leave No Trace Master Educator


Content provided by Leave No Trace of the Center for Outdoor Ethics:

The first day of this 5-day course begins in a classroom, introducing the course and schedule, providing in-depth information on the overall Leave No Trace program of the Center for Outdoor Ethics, reviewing gear and packing. The remaining four days are spent in the field on a short backcountry trip, learning and practicing the principles of Leave No Trace.

LNT Master Educator Students

Leave No Trace students witnessing soil erosion. - Leave No Trace

Each course is staffed with a minimum of two highly experienced outdoor professionals who are Master Educator Instructors. You will learn Leave No Trace techniques through skits, discussions, and hands-on activities. To practice Leave No Trace teaching strategies in a supportive, educational environment, each participant will teach a short session focused on the seven Leave No Trace principles.

Most participants to complete a Master Educator Course 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.

Those who are looking for a more economical, less comprehensive course in Leave No Trace principles should consider our 2-day Leave No Trace Trainer courses. These courses provide adequate preparation for trip leaders who are working under the direct or indirect supervision of more highly trained educators.

Leave No Trace Master Educator

Dates & Details


  • TBD



  • $845 / person


Max Ratio: 6:1

Capacity: 12


Leave No Trace Wildlife

Observing wildlife from a distance is an integral part of Leave No Trace ethics.


  • Previous backpacking experience is required.  If you have not previously backpacked, you can gain the prerequisite experience by taking our 2-day introductory backpacking course.

Leave No Trace Master Educator

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