Backcountry Leave No Trace Instructor Course
August 30 - September 2
Sam Archibald, M.E.M.
Backpacking, Outdoor Recreation, Professional Development
Practice and perfect the art of teaching outdoor ethics in one of the world's greatest outdoor classrooms! Yellowstone, like many beautiful public lands throughout the country, has experienced record visitation in recent years. Leave No Trace (LNT) skills are a critical tool, both for you as a general visitor and for outdoor professionals working toward a culture of responsible recreation to preserve these places for generations to come. This three-day Level I Trainer course is designed to familiarize you with state-of-the-art minimum impact techniques and prepare you to lead certified LNT skills courses and awareness workshops. You will apply the seven LNT principles on a two-night backpacking trip into remote areas of Yellowstone and spend your days focused on field-based discussions, hands-on demonstrations, and interactive activities designed to teach LNT to larger groups. You will also explore the dual mandate of the National Park Service and how it relates to wildland ethics more broadly. This course is designed for outdoor educators and guides, but it would be applicable to anyone who spends significant time in wild spaces. Prior backpacking experience is recommended but not required.
About the Instructor
Sam Archibald is a Lead Field Educator for Yellowstone Forever. Sam first started with outdoor education as a US Peace Corps volunteer, working with an Ecuadorian nonprofit organization to develop outdoor leadership programs for youth. After earning his master’s degree in Environmental Management through Western Colorado University (Gunnison, CO), Sam joined the National Park Service, working as a Crew Leader for the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps. What was supposed to be a single season in YNP turned into many as Sam fell in love the vivacity of this ecosystem. Sam first joined Yellowstone Forever's team as a winter seasonal educator and has been a permeant instructor since 2022. Sam is grateful for every day he gets to spend out in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and looks forward to the continual discoveries offered by this wild and wonderful landscape.
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