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.

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.

 

2017 Ranger Trainings

(remember to sign up in the Clubhouse before attending)

MonthDateDayLocationEvent or AddressLocal Contact
June24-25Sat./Sun.Napa, CAWeekend Campout
Private Residence
• Facilitated ART of Captain Hook
• Facilitated ART of Sandman (Sunday 6/25, 10:00am-1:00pm)
Cobalt
June24Sat.Seattle, WAPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
Roslyn
June24Sat.Phoenix, AZPrivate Residence
Dandelion
June24Sat.Somerville, MA
(Boston)
Private Residence
JTease
June29Thu.Darlington, MDPEX Sumerfest
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
Thimble
July1Sat.Black Rock Desert, NVRendezvous Point
·Facilitated ART of Captain Hook
Keeper
July8Sat.Davis, CAPrivate ResidenceFuzzy
July8Sat.Austin, TXPrivate ResidenceXtevan
July9SundayChicago, ILPrivate ResidencePhantom
July15Sat.Indianapolis, INPrivate Residence
MaBells
July15Sat.Seattle, WAPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
Roslyn
July16Sun.San Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
Easy
July22-23Sat./Sun.Los Gatos, CAWeekend Campout
Private Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
(Saturday 7/22, 10:00am-1:00pm)
• Facilitated ART of Sandman (Sunday 7/23, 9:00am-12:00pm)
Lodestone
July22Sat.Boulder, COPrivate Residence
Chyral
July23Sun.Portland, ORPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Sandman (10:00am-1:00pm)
k8
July29Sat.Powder Springs, GA
(Atlanta)
Private ResidenceCatnip
August5Sat.San Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
Easy
August6Sun.San Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
Saturn
August13Sun.Lake Balboa, CA
(Los Angeles)
Private Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
Peaches
August22 and 23Tuesday and WednesdayBlack Rock City, NVWork Access Pass/ Pre-Event Staff ONLY
If you've never Rangered, only Rangered one year on playa, or have Inactive or Retired Ranger status, you must attend BOTH days to complete the training. Active Rangers with 2+ years need only attend the second day.
Roslyn
August27SundayBlack Rock City, NVOutpost BerlinSaturn
August27SundayBlack Rock City, NVOutpost Tokyo
Saturn

Stand-alone Facilitated ARTs for 2017

Many Facilitated ARTs require a certain number of years of service before you can attend. Please contact the specific Cadre or Local Contact below and ask, before you attend an ART.

MonthDateDay LocationEvent or AddressLocal Contact
June25Sun.10:00amPrivate ResidenceNapa Campout
• Facilitated ART of Sandman
Lodestone
July1Sat.9:30amBlack Rock DesertJuplaya
• Facilitated ART of Captain Hook
Creech
July23Sun.9:00amPrivate ResidenceLos Gatos Campout
• Facilitated ART of Sandman
Lodestone
August31Thu.8:15amDPW Depot• Facilitated ART of Sandman (8:15am-11:30am)Lodestone

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.