Appalachian Trail Conservancy Teaches "Master" Leave No Trace Course

Published Aug 6, 2015

Campsite garbage. Posted by PineMartyn on

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No organization, no matter how sincere or well organized, can change society. Society must change itself; however, because society is so dang antisocial, we must speak up and urge them to get its act together.

That's why the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Leave No Trace are working together to spread the news about "Leave No Trace."

Our pals at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (especially Julie Judkins) and the folks we don't know so well at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics will combine forces to teach Leave No Trace principles.

To instruct the unshowered masses on the AT, the ATC has been proclaimed a "Master Educator Course Provider." Only ten other groups in the US are authorized to teach these advanced Leave No Trace materials to hikers and the general public.

Leave No Trace Principles

Leave No Trace Principles

According to Javier Folgar:

"As a Master Educator course provider, the ATC will be a catalyst for fostering positive change among the hiking and trail communities by offering premier training designed to curb harmful habits. This is ever more important due to the recent release of the movie "Wild" and the upcoming release of "A Walk in the Woods," which presents the ATC with a great opportunity, but also comes with its own set of challenges, due to the expected increase in usage on the Trail. The ATC will take on these challenges with education and awareness, two of the most important tools at the organization's disposal to reduce hiker impact and ensure the protection of the Trail and its resources for many years to come.

"The Master Educator course enables the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to educate hikers about Leave No Trace Principles, and qualifies those who complete it to lead the courses themselves," said Marian Orlousky, northern resource management coordinator for the ATC. "The Leave No Trace Principles will supply you with the information and knowledge you need to enjoy the outdoors in a safe, responsible and gratifying way."

The Leave No Trace course structure has three tiers devised to educate participants with varying experience and expertise. The one-day Awareness courses are constructed for anyone with an interest in Leave No Trace skills and ethics. The two-day Trainer courses are designed for educators, serious outdoor users and outdoor employees. The five-day comprehensive Master Educator course caters to individuals who are actively teaching backcountry skills and providing outdoor recreation information to other users.

The ATC will offer two Leave No Trace Master Educator courses this year. In 2015 only, courses will be offered at the discounted rate of $400 exclusively for A.T. volunteers, Trail Club and Conservancy members, and agency partners. Beyond 2015, courses will be open to everyone. Over the course of five days, participants gain an in-depth understanding of the "why" behind the seven principles of Leave No Trace, and explore their personal backcountry ethics among fellow A.T. stewards and outdoor professionals.

2015 Leave No Trace Courses

Konnarock Base Camp

  • August 28th - September 1st
  • Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
  • 609 Flat Ridge Road
  • Sugar Grove, VA 24375

Blackburn Trail Center

  • September 14th - 18th
  • 34899 Appalachian Trail Road
  • Round Hill, VA 20141

To enroll in a Leave No Trace Master Educator course or to learn more about upcoming opportunities, e-mail

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