Tread Lightly!®’s Master Tread Trainer™ (MTT) course is an intensive 1-day workshop designed to provide an in-depth look at outdoor ethics focusing on motorized and mechanized recreation on both land and water. Participation in the course qualifies individuals to present the Tread Lightly! message consistently to others in their state or region. Participants will work with Tread Lightly! staff on understanding the role outdoor ethics play in the recreation community, learn the Tread Lightly! principles of responsible recreation, develop an action plan for outreach in their community, and be provided with the tools to conduct a variety of learning opportunities including training Tread Trainers through an 8 hour course.

The key to a successful workshop is to have participants that are familiar with Tread Lightly!, involved in community outreach, recreational training programs or natural resource management and are interested in developing a high awareness and competency in outdoor ethics. Participants should have some background in outdoor education or presentation skills and be well-grounded in the Tread Lightly! principles. It is highly recommended that participants complete a Tread Trainer or other outdoor ethics training prior to taking the Master Tread Trainer course. The MTT course is an intensive one-day workshop that requires participants to complete pre-course assignments, develop and present assigned components of the Tread Trainer course and actively participate throughout the course.

See a Sample Course Agenda


Trainers are required to teach a minimum of one Tread Trainer course within two years to maintain program benefits.


Trainers receive a hard-copy of the Tread Trainer manual, Tread Lightly! flash drive, Certificate of Completion, TREAD Principles hangtags as well as access to digital files containing:

  • Tread Trainer Manual
  • Tread Lightly! PowerPoint presentations and training resources
  • Tips for Responsible Recreation
  • PSAs
  • “On the Right Trail” video

Master Tread Trainers also receive $65 of free education materials per year and a 20% discount on all Tread Lightly! materials.

Trainers also receive improvements in presentation skills, networking opportunities with other agencies/organizations at the course, expertise in Tread Lightly! ethics and ways to minimize outdoor impacts when recreating, use of the display upon request, updates through a semi-annual newsletter, emails and website.




*Read more about Cancellations and Refunds before you register.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Estes Park, CO

Host: Backbone Adventures
Location: 1851 North Lake Ave Estes Park, Colorado 80517

This is a sponsored course. If you are not an employee of Backbone Adventures please contact Danielle Fowles at the email address above before registering.

This course is full. Please join us on an alternate date.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 – Troy, NC

Host: Uwharrie Off-Road Training Center
Location: El Dorado Community Center Troy, NC

This course is full. Please join us on an alternate date.

Wednesday, July 19 – Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – 2017 BSA National Jamboree

Host: BSA Conservation Trail
Location: Conservation Trail Headquarters

Monday, October 23, 2017 – Reno, Nevada

Host: Tread Lightly!’s RIDE ON Nevada program
Location: Great Basin Institute: 16750 Mt Rose Hwy, Reno, NV 89511

Register Online!

Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Greenville, SC

Host: Boy Scouts of America – Blue Ridge Council
Location: Cabela’s 1025 Woodruff Road H101 Greenville, SC 29607

Register Online!

Thanks to Cabela’s of Greenville, SC for their generous support of the Tread Trainer program by donating the meeting space for this course!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017 – Greenville, SC

Host: Boy Scouts of America – Blue Ridge Council
Location: Cabela’s 1025 Woodruff Road H101 Greenville, SC 29607

This course will open for registration once the Saturday, Nov. 11 course has been filled.


Click here to request a Master Tread Trainer Course in your area. Requests must be made within 3 months of preferred date and can be made up to 12 months in advance. Due to limited funding Tread Lightly! cannot accommodate every request.

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