Leave No Trace Trainer


Course Syllabus








LEAVE NO TRACE TRAINERLeaving No Trace - Really?

(PE 2283)


Department of Sports Science & Physical Education - Idaho State University




Course: Leave No Trace Trainer (PE 2283)

Semester: Fall Semester


Time: Workshop Class: the class is held one evening during the week and camping overnight on the weekend. Check schedule for exact dates.

Place: Course is held in the Southeast Idaho area.


Instructor:  Peter Joyce

E-mail: joycpete@isu.edu



Trash/Fire Pit Clean-upTEXT


Soft Paths: How to Enjoy the Wilderness Without Harming It by Bruce Hampton & David Cole (recommended)



Principles and practices of minimal impact outdoor techniques including traveling approaches, waste disposal, campsite placement, outdoor ethics, state/federal land management requirements, and sport specific procedures. Students receive certificate from the Leave No Trace Center for Environmental Ethics to teach Leave No Trace Awareness workshops.


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The Sports Science and Physical Education Department’s Outdoor Education curriculum at Idaho State is based on a foundation of five national recognized standards.  The following standards apply to this course:  Standard 1 (Content Knowledge), Standard 3 (Safety and Minimal Impact), and Standard 5 (Experiential Skill and Field Experience).




Objective 1 (Academic Objective): To gain an understanding of the role of the Leave No Trace Trainer

Objective 1 Learning Outcomes - By the end of the course, students will:

1a. Describe the role of a Trainer.
1b. Discuss the history, goals, and objectives of the Leave No Trace program

1c. Recognize recreation impacts and the means to minimize those impacts .

Objective 2 (Academic Objective):  To gain an understanding of the principles and practice of teaching.

Objective 2 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:

2a.  Discuss the three basic learning styles--visual, auditory, kinesthetic--and ways in which teaching methods and techniques can reach all styles.
2b.  Define and prepare a class for a target audience.
2c.  Discuss the management of a class.
2d.  Prepare a lesson plan for and present a 20-30 minute lesson.

Objective 3 (Academic Objective):  To gain an understanding of the principles and practices of Leave No Trace.

Objective 3 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:


3a.  Discuss the seven principles of Leave No Trace in relation to the local environment.
3b.  Discuss the seven principles of Leave No trace for other environments.
3c.  Practice the seven principles of Leave no Trace while camping out overnight.
3d.  Discuss the ethics of Leave No Trace.
3e.  Discuss the role of research in Leave No Trace.



Grades for this course are determined by using a point system.  The final grade is reached by adding points from three components:

50 % - Attendance & Participation
30% -  Presentation on Leave No Trace principle
15% -  Lesson Plan
5% - Action Plan

A presentation covering one Leave No Trace principles is worth 30% of overall grade. The presentation must address all three learning styles. A lesson plan used for the presentation is worth 15% of overall grade. The remaining 5% of the course grade will be based on an action plan discussing how the message and principles of Leave No Trace will be passed on to others. Presentation, lesson plan, and action plan are due no later than the end of class.


Grading Example:

Each segment is graded by using a 100 point scale.  Here how a student might be graded on each segment:

100 pt – Attendance & Participation
85 pt – Presentation on Leave No Traces principles
80 pt – Lesson Plan
82 pt – Action Plan


The segments are then average according to their relative weight:
.50 * 100 + .30 * 85 + .15 * 80 + .05 * 82 = 91.6%


The final percentage grade for the above example is 91.6%.  Using the grade scale chart (below), the final letter grade for the class is A-.

GRADE SCALE:   A 93-100, A-90-92, B+ 87-89, B 84-86, B- 80-83, C+ 77-79, C 74-76,  C-70-73, D+ 67-69, D 64-66, D- 60-63, F below 60.




If you have a diagnosed disability or believe that you have a disability that might require “reasonable accommodation” on the part of the instructor, please call the Director, Center of Services for Students with Disabilities, 282-3599. As a part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the student to disclose a disability prior to requesting reasonable accommodation. 





Course Segment

Topic / Skills

Objectives & Learning Outcomes

Tuesday – September 24
Evening Session

Overview of the national Leave No Trace program; the role and function of a Leave No Trace Trainer; teaching skills and techniques and student learning styles; the principles of Leave No Trace.

Objectives 1, 2, 3
Learning Outcomes: 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3e

Saturday – September 28
Field Session
All Day Session With Overnight

Overnight in the field; community service project; student led teaching exercises.

Objectives 1, 2, 3
Learning Outcomes: 1c,  2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 3a, 3b, 3c,

Sunday – September 29
All Day

Overnight in the field; student led teaching exercises; wildland ethics.

Objectives 1, 2, 3
Learning Outcomes: 1c,  2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d






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