The Master Educator course is an extensive experience designed to immerse participants in Leave No Trace skills and ethics through hands on practice and teaching. The course provides participants with a comprehensive overview of LNT techniques through practical application. Students who successfully graduate from this course will receive a certificate and will be qualified to offer and teach two-day Leave No Trace Trainer courses as well as shorter Awareness Workshops.
This course is a great opportunity for educators, naturalists, park rangers, recreation planners, scout leaders and anyone that works, or would like to work, in the outdoor industry to improve their Leave No Trace teaching skills while experiencing the unique treasures found in beautiful Southern Illinois.
Day one begins in an indoor classroom setting at Touch of Nature. Participants will learn and discuss the history of the LNT program, receive an introduction to its Seven Principles, and make final preparations for backcountry travel during day outings and onsite adventures.
Each participant will be required to present a 15 to 20-minute lesson on day 5 on one of the Seven Principles or how it relates to a specific activity. The lesson may be skills-oriented or theoretical in content. Although some preparation time will be available once the course has begun, enrollees are suggested to plan to prepare their lesson prior to arriving at Touch of Nature. As a component of the class, the participant is also required to conduct a short (5-10 minutes) activity pertaining to their teaching topic.
Participants will be camping for the duration of the course at Rocky Ledges on the shore of Little Grassy Lake. Rocky Ledges is an established campsite with tent pads, an established fire ring with benches, an outdoor kitchen and an evaporating e-loo (outhouse). Participants will be living, sleeping and eating in the outdoors. Participants will travel to a different location each day and return to Rocky Ledges in the evening. Participants will be responsible for providing their own tent (1 per person) and their own food/cooking supplies.
For this course, participants must provide their own food. When planning, please remember that all meals will be in the field and that lunches will at times be on the trail. Please plan accordingly.
The cost for the course is $495. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis.
Information and registration is available at https://ton.siu.edu/program-areas/trainings-and-workshops/leave-no-trace/master-educator.php.