Tread Lightly!®’s Tread Trainer™ (TT) course is an 8-hour course designed to provide a “crash course” in 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 to others in their state or region. Participants will work with Master Trainers or Tread Lightly! staff on understanding the role outdoor ethics play in the recreation community, learn the Tread Lightly! principles of responsible recreation and be provided with the tools to conduct workshops and coordinate community outreach.

The key to a successful workshop is to have participants that are familiar with Tread Lightly!, involved in community outreach or recreational training programs or are interested in developing a higher awareness and competency on outdoor ethics.

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Trainers are required to be current Tread Lightly! members and teach a minimum of one Tread Lightly! Awareness Course, Tread Lightly! Overview or staff a promotional event within two years to maintain program benefits.


Trainers receive a Certificate of Completion, 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

Tread Trainers receive $25 of free education materials per year and a 20% discount on all Tread Lightly! materials.
*Additional materials may be provided by the instructor.

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, November 19, 2016 – Hudson, MA

Host: Boy Scouts of America Knox Trail Council
Location: Cabela’s 44 Highland Common East Hudson, MA 01749
Master Tread Trainer: Pete Lane
Phone: 774-249-9649

Non-BSA attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact Pete Lane to register.

Springfield, MO – this course is being rescheduled

Host: Boy Scouts of America – Ozark Trails Council
Location: Ozark Trails Council Office: 1616 S. Eastgate Avenue Springfield, MO 65809
Master Tread Trainer: Howie Peer

Saturday, December 10, 2016 – San Diego, CA

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Host: Boy Scouts of America – San Diego Imperial Council
Location: Fiesta Island Mission Bay Aquatic Park
Master Tread Trainer: Nate Englund
Phone: 760-212-7161

Sunday, December 18, 2016 – Rochester, VT

Host: TCH Academy
Location: Sandy’s Books & Bakery
Master Tread Trainer: Avery Chipka
Phone: 929-224-4752

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – Raleigh, NC

Course Flyer

Host: Boy Scouts of America – Occoneechee Council
Location: Occoneechee Council Office Boardroom, 3231 Atlantic Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27604
Master Tread Trainer: Meredith Blackwood

Saturday, February 25, 2017 – Benbrook Lake, TX

Host: Boy Scouts of America – Longhorn Council
Location: TBD
Master Tread Trainer: Chandra Clark

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – Winnemucca, NV

Host: Nevada Outdoor School
Location: Nevada Outdoor School 655 Anderson Street – Winnemucca, NV 89445
Master Tread Trainer: Jessica Snaman

Contact Jessica Snaman to register

 Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Appleton, WI

Host: Boy Scouts of America – Bay Lakes Council
Location: TBD
Master Tread Trainer: Greg Fox

Friday, April 7, 2017 – Tomah, WI

Host: Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association (WOHVA)
Location: Best Western 1017 E. McCoy Blvd. Tomah, WI 54660
Master Tread Trainer: Danielle Fowles

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Hurst, TX

Host: Boy Scouts of America
Location: Longhorn Council office – 850 Cannon Dr, Hurst, TX 76054
Master Tread Trainer: Onda Maughan, Paula Church, Chandra Clark

Sign up for your Tread Lightly! membership before this course.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Guerneville, CA

Host: Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
Location: 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville, CA 95446
Master Tread Trainer: Bill Nay
Phone: Jazzy Dingler – 707-869-9177 x.1#

Register online

Friday, May 19 – Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Amarillo, TX

Host: Boy Scouts of America – Golden Spread Council
Location: Camp Don Harrington
Master Tread Trainer: Chuck Jewell
Phone: 806-220-3288

This is a closed course for Powder Horn staff only.

Register online

July, 2017 – Freeport, FL

Host: Boy Scouts of America – Gulf Coast Council
Location: TBD
Master Tread Trainer: Pete Haring

Registration coming soon!

August, 2017 – Santa Clara, CA

Host: Garrahan Off Road Training
Location: TBD
Master Tread Trainer: Bill Nay

Registration coming soon!


Click here to request a Tread Trainer Course in your area. Requests must be made no less than 3 months in advance of preferred date and can be made up to 12 months in advance. Due to limited funding, Tread Lightly! cannot accommodate every request.

If you are a Master Tread Trainer and would like to have your Tread Trainer course added to this list, please contact the Tread Trainer Program Manager at:

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