March 2015

This week Landmark Learning hosted Princeton University and Garrett College for two simultaneous Leave No Trace Master Educator courses.  This unique opportunity gave both courses the chance to work together on the first and last day of the course.  Instructors Katie Glockner, from Princeton University, and Jon Lowrance led the Princeton course while Jason Carter and Andy Glas led the Garrett College course.


Both courses spent four days and three nights backpacking and learning to teach Leave No Trace in Panthertown Valley.  The courses ran at different camp sites and routes while in Panthertown so as to minimize their impact on the established campsites and trails.  Students spent time cleaning up campsites, trails and fire rings and put out two fires that were actually still burning at campsites we came across whose previous visitors had left.  After learning how to practice and teach Leave No Trace for four days, students had the chance to instruct the public at Landmark Learning’s unique Public Interface day at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park Oconaluftee Visitor Center on the final day of the course.  We had a great turn out and our students taught kids and adults alike the principles of Leave No Trace through games, interactive displays and demonstrations.  Many thanks to the students from Princeton University and Garrett College, as well as the rangers and staff of Great Smokey Mountains National Park for making these two Leave No Trace Master Educator courses a huge success!

Landmark Learning is the ideal learning institution for honing critical skills for outdoor, emergency, and tactical environments. The instructors were excellent and actual practitioners with decades of knowledge and experience. In my previous career I was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps infantry. In my new career I’m a college graduate (thank you GI Bill) and avid outdoor wanderer. Landmark Learning had the courses that fit my schedule and time frame. They gave me the skill and knowledge base to continue my path in Emergency Medicine. I plan on using my GI Bill benefits for future courses with Landmark Learning. In life you can always do less, choose to do more! Semper Fidelis.


Thomas Barnett

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The Relief Medic Volunteer Program through Mingai is going to be August 9-22, 2015. The program is looking for current healthcare workers (WFR'S, EMT's, nurses and physicians) interested in gaining new skills and experiences with third world conditions and challenges. MINGAI is a non-profit Foundation certified by the Ministry of Labour as a Center for First Aid Training which aims to spread First Aid in wildlife and remote areas. Since 2006, Mingai has been an affiliate of Landmark Learning providing Wilderness Medicine Institute, American Canoe Association, Leave No Trace, and Relief Medic coursework throughout the Ecuadorian mainland and Galapagos Islands.  Mingai works closely with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism to create and maintain standards of risk management in the ever growing guiding community across this diverse country. For more information, please visit