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Leave No Trace Master Educator Course - Cardigan Mountain Day Hiking/Backpacking

Date and Time

Monday, May 11, 2020 9:00AM - Friday, May 15, 2020 2:00PM


Cardigan Mountain, NH,
New Hampshire, Lakes Region,


Registration is required for this activity.

(best time to call: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday)


The Appalachian Mountain Club is a provider of Leave No Trace Master Educator courses and Leave No Trace Trainer courses in partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Master Educator Courses are five days in length and designed for people who are actively teaching others backcountry skills or providing recreation information to the public. The Master Course provides participants with a comprehensive overview of Leave No Trace skills and ethics through practical application in a field-based setting. The first day takes place in a classroom at AMC's Cardigan Lodge in Alexandria, NH and introduces the course agenda and provides in-depth information on the overall Leave No Trace program, the LNT Center for Outdoor Ethics, and the AMC's history with LNT educational initiatives. Group and individual preparations for the field component of the course are also tended to on the first day including repackaging food, packing backpacks, and sorting gear. Participants will be asked to use gear that makes the least amount of impact while out on the trail. You may bring your own gear if you prefer but may be requested to share with other participants. All use of AMC group gear and food is included in the course cost. Each course is staffed with a minimum of two highly experienced outdoor professionals who are Master Educator Instructors. The next four days take place base camping and day hiking and backpacking to a designated remote campsites, learning and applying the principles of Leave No Trace and discussing wild land ethics. Course participants and leaders will hike 4 miles or less per day in order to have time for discussions and hands-on activities. Course participants will each lead a short session focused on one of the seven Principles of Leave No Trace to practice teaching strategies in a supportive, educational environment. The last day will be a shorter day of hiking in order to return to the Cardigan Lodge and debrief. Participants include a mixture of federal agency partners, educators, outdoor retailers, youth group and outing club leaders, and other individuals. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be qualified to teach Leave No Trace Trainer courses. The Leave No Trace Master Educator qualification is recognized and valued throughout the outdoor industry and by land management agencies. Complete registration packets are due 3 weeks prior to start date.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $680 member / $748 non-member
*Scholarships are available through the LNT Center: Rates include lodging on Monday night, all snacks and meals from Monday lunch through lunch on Friday, shared gear and guided activities. Rates are based on shared bunkroom or bunkhouse accommodations.

Related Link(s):

AMC Master Educator Course Info
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Webpage

Click map for driving directions
LNT Participants teaching each other the principles.


Instruction (Skills)
Leadership Training

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Cardigan Lodge




Adults (18+)


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