Training

Black Rock Rangers at the TempleAll Black Rock Rangers and prospective Rangers go through a required annual training session in order to Ranger on playa that year.

Ranger training consists 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. Training sessions are offered across the United States and Canada across 30+ locations between May and August.

New or Prospective Rangers: If you have never Rangered before, or have Rangered only one year on playa, you will need to take the full day training.

Veteran Ranger (i.e., Rangered two or more years on playa): You will need to attend the afternoon portion of the training.

Auditors: If you are interested in sitting on on a Black Rock Ranger Training, but don’t want to become a Ranger this year, please see our Auditing page.

Training logistics: 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 do not schedule something else for 5 pm, in case the training runs late. Be prepared to stay later for impromptu get-togethers, BBQs, etc. If you can’t make the whole training, you will need to plan to attend another one. Please do not sign up for more than one Ranger training per year.

Make sure to bring a notebook, a pen or pencil, lunch, water, snacks, chairs, and whatever else you’ll need to be comfortable in that particular location.

If your Ranger training is held at a regional or other special event, expect to be responsible for obtaining a ticket to get into that event in order to participate in training, unless you are told otherwise by the event or training organizer.

If you need special accommodations at a Ranger training (e.g., ASL interpretation, wheelchair access, etc.),  please contact the Ranger Training Academy at ranger-trainingacademy-list@burningman.org.

2017 Ranger Trainings to be posted in early April

For additional questions about Ranger Training, please see the Training FAQ page.

If you have questions about the process of becoming a Rangers, check out the Application Process page. For general questions about volunteering with the Rangers, please contact ranger-vc-list@burningman.org.