Leave No Trace Trainer

Grand Lake, Colorado
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Ready to build a strong base of knowledge on the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace, then hone your teaching skills to become more effective at sharing it with others?

This 2-day course is great for guides, land managers, outdoor educators, and anyone who wants to help protect our cherished natural resources. As a participant, you’ll prepare and teach a lesson to your fellow students and receive helpful instructor feedback.

The course includes a mild to moderate-intensity overnight backpacking trip in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a spectacular course setting in which to practice the skills we learn.

Join us for a fun summer weekend of learning to better share the outdoor ethics that are already important to you. Register today!

Matt Stan
Matt Stan, Bad Adventures founder

Is this for me?


The course includes a mild to moderate-intensity overnight backpacking trip. We'll travel 6.5 miles on both days, ascending 750-feet on the first and descending the same amount on the second. The pace will be relaxed to help us keep the emphasis on Leave No Trace content. Worried about whether you're up to it? Don't hesitate to drop us a line and we'll chat. I (Matt Stan here) would rate this a 2.7 out of 5 on the intensity scale.

Backpacking Skills

Some previous backpacking experience is recommended. The backpacking component of the course is designed to be straight-forward and not distract from the Leave No Trace content we'll cover. However, the course is also not designed to teach backpacking skills.

Participation Cooking

We cook dinner and breakfast together at camp. Your instructor will bend over backwards to set you up for success, but cooking is a participation activity on this course! We cook in groups of 2 or 3 to make the most of small backpacking stoves. Vegetarian provisions are included.

Here's the plan...



We meet at Grand Lake Center at 9:00 AM. The address is 301 Marina Dr, Grand Lake, CO.

The day begins with a meet-and-greet and about 90-minutes of classroom time. We then assign cooking groups, distribute food, and pass out group gear. We shuttle to our trailhead in a Bad Adventures van, leaving personal vehicles parked overnight at Grand Lake Center.

We backpack 6.5-miles and gain 750-feet of elevation. We stop along the way to enjoy a tasty on-trail lunch. Upon arrival at our campsite, we begin hearing the student-led lessons. After each 15-minute lesson, other students and instructors will provide feedback. A scrumptious dinner will cap off the day.

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner


After a hot breakfast at camp, we hear the remaining student-led lessons.

We pack up camp, then head back 6.5-miles to our trailhead, with more delicious trail lunching on the way.

A final discussion at a stop on our way back to the trailhead will close the program. We shuttle back to the vehicles at Grand Lake Centar, and the course will end at 4:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

What's Included?

2 lunches, 1 dinner, and 1 breakfast

We work hard to make the food a delight. We stick to a vegetarian menu during the course.

Group Gear

Water treatment supplies, stoves and cookware, bear canisters, medical kit, satellite phone, navigation supplies, and more.

National Park Admission and All Permits

Our backcountry group campsite is spectacularly beautiful!

Trainer Certification

Bad Adventures holds a Training Agreement with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Upon successful completion of the course, you'll receive a Leave No Trace Trainer Certification.

Services of an Instructor & Co-Instructor

Friendly, accommodating, fully credentialed, and always professional.

Not Included:

Your personal backpacking gear and transportation to and from the course in Grand Lake. Be sure to review the packing list carefully!

Important Details & FAQ

  • Nope. You’ll need to do some independent research to prepare your lesson in advance of the course, but no other Leave No Trace expertise or prior certification is required to participate.

  • You’ll be assigned a lesson topic - most likely one of the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace - via email after you register for the course. It will be your responsibility to research and prepare a 15 to 20-minute lesson to teach during your course.

  • Our overnight campsite is at 9,200-feet of elevation.

  • It’s pretty darn good. Expect a “Blue Apron for backpacking” sort of arrangement. Your instructors will provide the ingredients and recipes for a hot vegetarian dinner and breakfast, as well as no-stove lunches. Meals will be provisioned for groups of 2 to 3 students to cook together.

    Food is provisioned at 4,000 calories per person per day. Nobody’s going hungry!

  • Good news! We put together a complete recommended packing list for you.

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