Northern Tier Training Opportunities

Leave No Trace Master Educator

The five-day Master Educator Course is our most comprehensive education course. Participants are provided with in-depth training on Leave No Trace skills and ethics through practical application during a field-based course. Participants learn Leave No Trace techniques through a variety of methods—including discussions, scenarios, demonstrations, and hands-on activities—throughout all five-days of the field-based course. The Master Educator Course is also designed to prepare participants to be the best possible teachers of Leave No Trace regardless of setting.
August 15-21, 2021
Fee: $350

A deposit of $100 is due upon registration, the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.

All food, housing, class materials, and group gear are provided.  Participants will be required to provide personal gear similar to what is required on a standard Northern Tier trek.

Participants also receive:

  • 1 year membership in Leave No Trace
  • Master Educator Handbook
  • Skills and Ethics booklet
  • Ethics reference card (hangtag) set
  • BSA outdoor ethics program handouts
  • Master Educator Patch
  • Northern Tier souvenir
  • A wilderness canoeing experience!

A shuttle from Minneapolis airport is available for an additional $130 per person.

Northern Tier Contact:
Abby Wilkes, 218 365-4811

Lead Instructor:
Mark Hammer, 970 227-6562

Course Schedule – Aug 15-21:

  • Sunday:  Plan to Arrive: 1:00-3:00, Checkin, Orientation, Dinner, Course Introduction
  • Monday:  Classroom Instruction & Activities, Trek Planning and Preparation
  • Tuesday:  Pack Up and Start the Paddling Trek
  • Tuesday afternoon – Friday morning:  On Trek: Application and practice of Leave No Trace and teaching skills.
  • Friday:  Return to canoe base, Additional Instruction Topics, Individual Action Plans Graduation
    Evening Campwide Rendezvous,
  • Saturday morning: Depart for home

Wilderness First Responder Training

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. 

The course takes place April 8, 2021 – April 12, 2021.  This course is an intensive, shortened course and pre-work will be required.  The course will take place at Northern Tier National High Adventure Base, located along the Moose Lake Entry to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).  Travel information can be found here.
Participants should plant to arrive the evening of April 7 and depart no earlier than the evening of April 12.
  • Course fee – $675 
  • Course Fee with Food and Lodging included – $825 (Rustic cabins with simple bunk beds or cots and electricity.  Separate shower and restroom facilities are a short walk from cabins.  3 hot meals served daily in the dining hall.)
* Participants must be at least 18 years old by the time of arrival

Wilderness First Aid Training

When you are faced with an injury or sudden illness in a remote location, it is essential to know what to look for and what to do. Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care in Remote Locations, is your comprehensive training. A must for outdoor recreationists and those who live, work or recreate in remote locations. This 16-hour training provides information on how to handle common injuries and illnesses when medical care is an hour or more away and meets the minimum requirements set by the BSA for High Adventure programs. 

April 24-25, 2021
Fee: $120

All food, housing and class materials are provided.  

Northern Tier Contact:
Abby Wilkes, 218 365-4811

Sample Course Schedule:

  • Friday:  Arrival at NTIER after 6:00 pm
  • Saturday:  Classroom Training 8:00 am -8:00 pm
  • Sunday:  Classroom Training and Testing 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Depart for home late afternoon

Adult Canoe Trips

  • Have you ever wondered what the fun is all about? 
  • Do you want to be able to promote the Northern Tier program to your Scouts while speaking from experience?
  • Did you attend Northern Tier as a youth and just want to do it again?
  • Did you never get to attend as a youth and want the chance?

Northern Tier will be offering their traditional Wilderness Canoe Trek out of the Sommers Canoe Base in Ely, MN for adults only on select treks in the 2021 summer.  This opportunity is open to those age 18 and older.

  • SESSION 1:  Aug 8-14, 2021
  • SESSION 2:  Sept 12-18, 2021
Cost for each trip is $350.  A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration with balance of fees due 30 days prior to the trip.