Black Rock Rangers at the Temple
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 do not sign up for more than one Ranger training per year.

Please see the Training FAQ page if you have questions about training, Facilitated ARTs, or for information about how to sign up.

Upcoming Training sessions for 2016

MonthDateDayLocationEvent or AddressLocal Contact
May28SaturdayMontreal, QC. CanadaPrivate ResidenceMartin_Jay
June4SaturdayReno, NVMorris Burner Hotel
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June4SaturdaySeattle, WAArtSpace Mt Baker Lofts
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
• Facilitated ART of Intercept
June4SaturdayDetroit, MIPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June4SaturdaySan Diego, CAPrivate ResidenceSaturn
June11SaturdayNapa, CAPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
• Facilitated ART of Intercept
June11SaturdayPortland, ORPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June18SaturdayJoshua Tree, CAPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June18SaturdayDavis, CAPrivate ResidenceFuzzy
June25SaturdayAustin, TXPrivate ResidenceGizmo
June25SaturdayPhoenix, AZPrivate ResidenceSmitty
June25SaturdayLos Gatos, CASoulfireSanta Cruz
June25SaturdayDenver, COPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June30ThursdayDarlington, MDPEX Sumerfest
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
July2SaturdayBlack Rock Desert, NVRendezvous PointKeeper
July17SundaySan Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
July23SaturdayIndianapolis, INPrivate ResidenceBourbon
July24SundayPortland, ORPrivate Residence
July30SaturdaySeattle, WAArtSpace Mt Baker Lofts
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
August6SaturdayLos Angeles, CAPrivate Residence
August7SundayOakland, CAPrivate Residence
August23TuesdayBlack Rock City, NVEA Pre-Event Staff ONLYSaturn
August24WednesdayBlack Rock City, NVEA Pre-Event Staff ONLYSaturn
August28SundayBlack Rock City, NVOutpost Berlin, 3:00 and CSaturn
August28SundayBlack Rock City, NVOutpost Tokyo, 9:00 and C

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. Also note past trainings are not shown.

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.

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: