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. Prior to signing up for a training all prospective and current Rangers must successfully pass an online review.

2018 Black Rock Ranger trainings will start getting posted to this website and to the Ranger Secret Clubhouse around March. 

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.

Prospective Rangers, Rangers who have only Rangered on playa for one year, or Inactive or Retired Rangers: You will need to take the full day of training.

Active Rangers who have Rangered on playa for two or more years: You will need to attend the afternoon portion of the training (though you’re welcome to come to the whole thing!)

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

Training logistics: You must sign up for training prior to attending—no walk-ins! 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.
  • The Lead Trainer will email everyone signed up for the training all necessary logistical details, such as the address of the training, about a week prior to the training. You can contact the Lead Trainer for specifics if you need this information prior to that point.
  • 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.

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.