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Leave No Trace Master Educator Course
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Leave No Trace Master Educator Course

9/12/2014 to 9/28/2014

When: 9/12-14 and 9/25-28
5 day course
Where: Camp Snyder
6100 Antioch Road
Haymarket, Virginia  20169
United States
Dave O'Leary
Mike Mercer

Phone: 703-281-5816

Registration Information
Online registration is closed.

Who:  Any adult (18 yrs or older) who wants to expand their LNT reach by learning how to train Leave No Trace trainers. Prerequisite: A Leave No Trace Trainer certificate or approval from your Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate


When and Where:  Sept. 12-14, 2014, Camp Snyder, Haymarket, Va., and Sept. 25-28, 2014, Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, Va.  Attendance at both weekends is required.


Why:  Because you think spreading the word further about Leave No Trace is important to preserve and protect the backcountry and frontcountry for Scouts and the general public.


Cost:  $260, which includes meals for both weekends and a year’s membership with LNT’s Center for Outdoor Ethics. Your fee also pays for:


   A BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator card,

   BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator Course Manual,

   A Leave No Trace Master Educator certificate from the BSA and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and

   A National Park Service Leave No Trace DVD.


Register via the NCAC website.  Deadline Sept 3, 2014


Questions?  Contact Mike Mercer at, by phone at 703-281-5816 (home) 703-403-4222 (iPhone), or at 888-438-3881 (pager).  Or write to him at 506 Mashie Dr. SE, Vienna, VA 22180.

This five-day, five-night course trains Scouts and Scouters ages 18 and up to serve as Leave No Trace Master Educators. Master Educators can conduct Leave No Trace Trainer courses (two-day) and awareness workshops (one-day or shorter).  Nationally certified Master Educator instructors teach Master Educator courses, so your standing would be recognized by the Boulder, Colo.-based Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.



LNT Master Educator Course Schedule


First Weekend:  Sept. 12-14, 2014, at NCAC’s Camp Snyder, Haymarket, Va.


·             Friday:   Arrive by 6 p.m. for set-up; first session starts at 7 p.m.

·             Sunday:  Conclude with bag lunch session; depart by 1 p.m.

Second Weekend:  Sept. 25-28, 2014, at Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, Va.

·             Thursday:  Arrive by 3 p.m.

·             Sunday:  Conclude with graduation ceremony and lunch; depart by 1:30 p.m.

Importance of Becoming a Leave No Trace Master Educator

This invaluable training is recognized and highly regarded throughout the world, especially by the outdoor industry, as well as government land management agencies.  Successful graduates are certified to train others in Leave No Trace skills and ethics


The Master Educator Course provides participants with a comprehensive training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics through practical application in a field-based setting.  The first weekend is a mix of classroom and outdoor instruction, introducing the course and schedule, providing in-depth information on the overall Leave No Trace program as well as the Center, reviewing gear and packing.  The second weekend is spent in the field on a short backcountry trip, learning and practicing Leave No Trace principles.


Each course is staffed with a minimum of two highly experienced outdoor professionals who are Master Educator instructors. Participants 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.


Every participant who completes a Master Educator course receives a one-year, complimentary membership to Leave No Trace. This membership gives new Master Educators better access to teaching resources, as well as closer contact with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics for education, training, and outreach questions.


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