Leave No Trace Trainer Course

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From: Illinois Beach State Park*
Price:$ 95

Under 18 years old $75 accompanied by an adult.

Duration: 2 days, 1 night

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2 days, 1 night
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Illinois Beach State Park*
$ 95

Under 18 years old $75 accompanied by an adult.

Minimum Age 14
Included: Instruction and pamphlets.
Not Included: Transportation, camping reservation, food, personal clothing and equipment. Course requires a one night overnight. Minimum number of participants required.

Spend the weekend in an outdoor classroom learning to apply and teach the Leave No Trace principles.  This course is designed for educators, agency employees, youth leaders, and others who value the land and want to teach others how to protect and preserve it.  Participants receive introductory training in Leave No Traces skills and ethics in a condensed two-day format.  Graduates will receive a Leave No Trace Trainer certificate and will be qualified to teach Leave No Trace skills and ethics to a variety of groups.


The Leave No Trace concept is a model for actions and behaviors that cross the recreation field and is relevant for anyone who enjoys spending time in the outdoors.  The idea is simple – leave the places you enjoy as good or better than you found them.  The skills and ethics involved have been developed over time and can be practiced through good decision-making.  Leave No Trace promotes the idea that if people do something, no matter how simple, they can help take care of the recreational resources they cherish for everyone to benefit.


Day One

  • Welcome
  • Introduction to Trainer Course
  • Principles of Education
  • Principle 1: Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Lunch
  • Principle 2: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Hike in and set up camp
  • Principle 3: Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Introduce “Action Plans” after dinner

Day Two

  • Breakfast
  • Principle 4: Leave What You Find
  • Principle 5: Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Principle 6: Be Considerate of Other Visitors
  • Principle 7: Respect Wildlife
  • Lunch, break camp, pack up, and evaluate impact
  • Wildland Ethics (and the Authority of the Resource)
  • Share and discuss “Action Plans”
  • Closing

Clothing & Equipment:

You should plan to have clothing that will be appropriate to the season for where and when you will be taking the class. We will be spending the entire time outdoors, so make sure to plan accordingly.


· Backpack for all your materials and clothes.
· Rain gear (tops and bottoms)
· Layers of clothing (to keep yourself regulated by adding on or removing layers)
· Warm hat (not made of cotton, which loses its ability to hold heat if wet)
· Mittens or gloves if it will be cold out
· Water bottles (1qt or 1L) for drinking water
· Footwear for the environment (including warm wool socks)
· Food for the trip (breakfast and lunch for two days and dinner for Saturday night)
· Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
· Tent
· Headlamp

How long is the course?
The course is two full days with one overnight component.

Are Leave No Trace Trainers “certified” or do they receive “certification” in Leave No Trace?
No.  The Leave No Trace programs are educational programs designed to train individuals in acceptable practices having to do with wilderness ethics.  Completion of a Leave No Trace trainer or Master Educator course carries no legal implications or “certifications,” but rather a basis for promoting acceptable practices in minimizing human impact in wilderness environments.

What preparation is necessary for a Leave No Trace course?
Materials with Leave No Trace information will be provided as part of the cost of the course.  Participants will have a chance to read over the material upon arrival and are expected to teach one or two of the principles two the group in an informal presentation during the course. 

What can new Leave No Trace Trainers do to spread the word?
Those that successfully complete a Leave No Trace Trainer Course are prepared to:

  • Understand, demonstrate, and teach state of the art minimum impact techniques for friends, family, or community groups.
  • Lead a discussion on outdoor ethics and help others explore their own personal outdoor ethic.
  • Offer Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.