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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.

MonthDateDayLocationEvent or AddressLocal Contact
May1FridaySnowflake, AZSaguaro Man
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
May9SaturdayBoston, MAArtisan's Asylum

• Facilitated ART of Green Dot

May9SaturdayReno, NVMorris Burner Hotel

May24SundayToronto, ON. CanadaBathurst StreetMartin_Jay
May30SaturdayHoneyville, UTCrystal Hot Springs
• Facilitated ART of Intercept (May 30)
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot (May 31)
May30SaturdayBrooklyn, NYPratt Institute
North Hall, RM 202
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
May30SaturdayPhoenix, AZPrivate ResidenceBlank
June6SaturdayMontreal, QC. CanadaPrivate ResidenceMartin_Jay
June7SundaySeattle, WAArtSpace Mt Baker Lofts
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June7SundayDavis, CAPrivate ResidenceFuzzy
June13SaturdayVictoria, BC. CanadaPrivate ResidenceGot A Match
June13SaturdayJoshua Tree, CAPrivate ResidencePeaches
June13SaturdayNapa, CAPrivate ResidenceCobalt
June14SundayVancouver, BC. CanadaPrivate ResidenceTear Jerker
June20SaturdaySan Francisco, CABurning Man HQFuzzy
June27SaturdayPortland, ORPrivate Residencek8
June27SaturdayLos Gatos, CASoulfireSanta Cruz
June27SaturdayChicago, ILPrivate ResidenceMadTown
July2ThursdayDarlington, MDPEX event at Ramblewood
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
July4SaturdayBlack Rock Desert, NVRendezvous PointKeeper
July11SaturdayLakeland, FLThe Maddox RanchCurry
July11SaturdayAustin, TXPrivate ResidenceGizmo
July11SaturdayIndianapolis, INPrivate ResidenceBourbon
July18SaturdayOakland, CAPrivate ResidenceFuzzy
July18SaturdayLos Angeles, CAPrivate ResidencePeaches
July25SaturdaySeattle, WAArtSpace Mt Baker Lofts
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
August8SaturdaySan Francisco, CABurning Man HQFuzzy

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: