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Master Educator Course

Leave No Trace Master Educator courses were developed by the National Outdoor Leadership School and are the highest level of Leave No Trace training offered. 

The Master Educator course is an extensive course designed to train educators and others ways to practice and teach Leave No Trace skills and ethics. The Master Educator course provides participants with a comprehensive overview of Leave No Trace techniques through practical application in a field setting. 


U.S. Backcountry Master Educator Schedule

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (LNTCOE) in Boulder, Colorado has designated NOLS as a provider of Master Educator Courses in the United States. Upon completion of a course, participants are registered and receive a one year membership at LNTCOE.

February 16-20, 2016 Saguaro National Park - Arizona Backpacking Course Description (pdf)
May 1-5, 2016 Shenandoah National Park -Virginia Backpacking Course Description (pdf)
May 9-13, 2016 Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument -Utah Backpacking TBD
August 4-8, 2016 San Juan Islands, Washington Sea Kayaking TBD
September 12-16, 2016 Location TBD, Colorado Backpacking TBD
November 4-8, 2016 Grand canyon National Park -Arizona Backpacking TBD
U.S. Frontcountry Master Educator Course
The majority of outdoor use occurs in front country settings such as urban and state parks, open space trails and established campgrounds. The number of day hikers is currently estimated at 47 million and car campers are estimated at 42 million. This extensive four day course will emphasize the application of LNT Principles to the front country setting. The course will be conducted in a front country group campground and will include day hikes. Tuition-$450.00 (There are no discounts to this price).
May 18-22, 2016 Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center -Minnesota Day hiking Course Description (pdf)
Course Tuition
Backcountry Courses in the U.S.A.
NOLS and NOLS WMI Graduates
Government Agency (U.S. Forest Service, BLM, National Parks)
Backcountry Courses in Canada
NOLS and NOLS WMI Graduates
Government Agency (Parks Canada, etc.)
Tuition includes a one-year membership to Leave No Trace. Membership benefits include discounts on educational materials, invitations to local events, and resources to help you get involved and stay connected.
Leave No Trace Scholarships



The David E. Perkins Memorial Scholarship provides financial aid for applicants with demonstrated merit and financial need to participate on a Leave No Trace Master Educator course. To apply, please submit the completed NOLS Scholarship form, along with your LNT Application Packet to

The scholarship committee will determine the amount of the award based on the applicant’s need and merit as described in the scholarship application. The NOLS Professional Training office will notify the recipients of the scholarship via an award letter.

Students can also apply AmeriCorps Education Awards toward an LNT course. Complete the LNT Application Packet and then follow these steps to finalize the process.


Students who successfully graduate from a Master Educator course will receive a diploma and be qualified to offer and teach two-day Leave No Trace trainer and one-day or shorter awareness workshops.

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