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All Black Rock Rangers and prospective Rangers go through a mandatory training session once each year. These trainings are offered on various weekends at about 30 locations across the United States and Canada between May and August. Trainings consist of a combination of lectures, discussions, activities, and scenarios covering topics such as communications, conflict resolution, radio usage, and other skills that will give you the basics you’ll need to be a Ranger.

If you have never Rangered before, or have Rangered only one year on playa, you will need to take the full training, which lasts from 10 am to 5 pm. If you are a veteran Ranger (i.e., you’ve Rangered two or more years on playa) you will need to attend just the afternoon session, which begins at 1:30 pm. We start promptly at 10 am (1:30 pm for veterans) so please arrive 20-30 minutes early so you’re ready to go. We especially encourage veterans to show up early so they can have lunch with newer Rangers.

Please bring lunch, water and snacks, chairs, and whatever else you’ll need to be comfortable. You’ll also need to bring a pencil or pen and a notebook or paper. Be prepared to stay later for impromptu get togethers, BBQ’s, etc. Please do not schedule something else for 5 pm, in case the training runs late. If you can’t make the whole training, you will need to plan to attend another one!

Please see the Training FAQ page if you have questions about training.

Training sessions for 2015

More updates coming as dates and locations are confirmed. Please note that if the training you’d like to attend is not yet listed, we are still working to lock down details. This list will be updated as information solidifies.

Please note: If attending a Ranger training at a regional event, it is an expectation that you have a ticket for that event in order to participate in training at the event unless otherwise noted.

DayMonthDateLocationEvent or AddressLocal Contact
FridayMay1Snowflake, AZSaguaro ManHermione
ThursdayJuly2Darlington, MDPEX event at RamblewoodSplinter
SaturdayJuly4Black Rock Desert, NVRendezvous PointKeeper
SaturdayJune6Montreal, QC. CanadaPrivate ResidenceMartin_Jay
SundayJune7Seattle, WAArtSpace Mt Baker Lofts
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
SaturdayMay9Boston, MAArtisan's Asylum

• Facilitated ART of Green Dot

SaturdayJuly11Austin, TXPrivate ResidenceGizmo
SundayMay24Toronto, ON. CanadaBathurst StreetMartin_Jay
SaturdayJuly25Seattle, WAArtSpace Mt Baker Lofts
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
SaturdayJune27Portland, ORPrivate Residencek8
SaturdayMay30Honeyville, UTCrystal Hot Springs
• Facilitated ART of Intercept (May 30)
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot (May 31)
SaturdayMay30Brooklyn, NYPratt Institute
North Hall, RM 202

If you are not sure how the process works, check out the info on Becoming a Ranger

If you’re new to the process, the Volunteer Coordinators may be reached at:

Please direct all training related questions to: