Leave No Trace Level 1 Instructor Course

Training For All

Why Leave No Trace?

The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum-impact practices for anyone visiting or recreating in the outdoors. Each Principle covers a specific topic and providing detailed information to empower you and other on how to minimize your impacts.

A person trained in Leave No Trace is 5 times more likely to protect nature!

Level 1 Instructor Course

Level 1 Instructor Course is a 2-day course where participants learn Leave No Trace skills, ethics, and techniques for educating others about these low-impact practices. Designed for educators, guides, agency employees, other outdoor professionals and anyone interested in learning more about minimum impact skills and ethics. Those who complete the course are equipped to: understand, demonstrate and teach state-of-the-art minimum impact techniques to students, friends, family or community groups; lead a discussion on outdoor ethics and help others explore their own personal outdoor ethic; serve as a co-instructor for Leave No Trace Level 1 Instructor Courses with a qualified Level 2 Instructor; teach Leave No Trace Skills Courses; and offer Leave No Trace Workshops. Participants will learn the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace, the role and function of a Leave No Trace instructor and the organization.

Leave No Trace Level 1 Instructor Courses at RMFI are taught by local instructors from the Colorado Leave No Trace Coalition, and we work together to enhance sustainable recreation practices and educational efforts on Colorado's Front Range!


Upcoming Course Details

The course includes 16 hours of experiential education over two 8-hour days, course dates are below. 

Where: Rocky Mountain Field Institute

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm for both days of the course

Cost: $175 

Dates: Registration will open in late July

October 19th and 20th


November 23rd and 24th

Contact: Calla Balliett, Community Engagement Coordinator at calla@rmfi.org

None! There are no prerequisites to participate in this training.

The fee for training covers instruction and material for your certification. 

**$25 non-refundable deposit is included in the fee**

If you are in need of assistance with the cost of this training, we are happy to help on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to Calla Balliett at calla@rmfi.org