Two-Day Trainer Course

Trainer courses are offered depending demand and our capacity to have instructors available. If you have a group of four or more people who are interested in the two day Leave No Trace training, please contact us and we will look at how to provide your group with Leave No Trace training.

What You Take Away With You

Upon successful completion of a Leave No Trace Trainer course, each participant will become a Leave No Trace Trainer and receive a completion certificate. Successful completion of the course requires participation in all course activities and teaching exercises.

Those who complete the Trainer course are equipped 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
  • Have access to course materials and lesson plans
  • Leave No Trace trainer certificates are recognised internationally


Note: While this generic course is land-based, Leave No Trace New Zealand can provide sea kayak and other trainer courses if required.

Day 1

  • 8 am meeting at venue for a presentation on the course, expectations and introductory classes
  • Equipment checks
  • 12 pm Lunch, then drive to track
  • During the trip, participants lead classes based on the Leave No Trace principles
  • Set up camp, cook dinner and begin work on action plans

Day 2

  • Return to the vehicles covering the remaining classes
  • 3pm4pm Course wrap up and evaluations
  • Return to start point.

Core Components for Trainer Course Curriculum

  • A minimum of 16 total hours of experiential instruction, 10 hours of which must be conducted in the field
  • One overnight is strongly recommended
  • The role and function of a Leave No Trace Trainer
  • The principles and ethics of Leave No Trace
  • Teaching skills and techniques and student learning styles
  • At least one student led teaching exercise by each participant
  • Overview of the Leave No Trace programme
  • The role and function of The Center.

Expectations and Risk Disclosure

Expectations Each participant will teach a short (10 minute) class on one of the Leave No Trace Principles.

The Leave No Trace curriculum focuses on techniques for learning and teaching minimum impact outdoor ethics. Leave No Trace courses do not teach specific outdoor skills such as mountain climbing, river crossings, camping, etc. However, due to the nature of the Leave No Trace program, many courses are taught in an outdoor setting.

Individuals interested in participating in a Leave No Trace course should have basic outdoor travel and camping skills and be in reasonably good physical condition (able to travel for several hours) before attending a course. Participants should understand that they are responsible for their own safety, and assume responsibility for injuries resulting from the inherent risks of recreational activities.

Engaging in outdoor activities involves inherent or other risks and dangers that can lead to injury, property damage or even death.

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