Training

Ranger Walk to the ManAll 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.

Registration for 2018 Black Rock Ranger trainings is now open. Please log into the Ranger Secret Clubhouse. All Rangers must attend a training. 

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.

2018 Ranger Trainings

Information about training dates will get posted to this page as trainings are scheduled. Registration for 2018 Black Rock Ranger trainings are now available in the Ranger Secret Clubhouse. All questions about the specific trainings should be directed to the Training Contact listed in the Ranger Secret Clubhouse.

MonthDateDayLocationEvent or Additional Info
June16SaturdayReno, NVMorris Burner Hotel
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June16-17Saturday and SundayLos Gatos, CA.
Weekend Campout
• Facilitated ART of Sandman (9:45am Sat.)
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot (9:45am Sun.)
June22-23Friday and SaturdayNapa, CAWeekend Campout
Please note this training is on Friday.
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
• Facilitated ART of Captain Hook (10:00am Sat.)
June23SaturdayLondon UKPrivate Residence
June23SaturdayLos Angeles, CAPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June23SaturdaySeattle, WAPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June28ThursdayDarlington, MDPEX Sumerfest
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June23SaturdayAustin, TXPrivate Residence
June23SaturdayBoulder, COPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
July15SundayChicago, ILFishFood
July7SaturdayBlack Rock Desert, NVRendezvous Point
July14SaturdayIndianapolis, INPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
July14SaturdayPowder Springs, GA
(Atlanta)
Private Residence
July14SaturdaySomerville, MA
(Boston)
Private Residence
July21SaturdaySan Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
July14SaturdayBoston, MATBD
July14SaturdayLos Angeles, CA.
(Lake Balboa, CA)
Private Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
July22SundaySan Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
July28SaturdayPortland, ORPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
• Facilitated ART of Sandman
July28SaturdaySeattle, WAPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
July29SundaySan Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
August21-22Tuesday and WednesdayRanger HQ, Black 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.
August26SundayBlack Rock City, NVOutpost Berlin
This training is intended for those Rangers who have no other option for training other than on playa. Please attend a training in your area if possible.
August26SundayBlack Rock City, NVOutpost Tokyo
This training is intended for those Rangers who have no other option for training other than on playa. Please attend a training in your area if possible.

2018 Advanced Ranger Trainings

Advanced Ranger Trainings have specific eligibility requirements, please contact the Ranger Cadre responsible for the ART for information. Email the contact for specific information about the Facilitated ART in which you are interested. Cadre contact information can be found in the 2018 Ranger Manual, and contact information for specific trainings can be found in the Secret Clubhouse.

Attending an ART alone, does not satisfy a Ranger’s annual Ranger Training requirement.

Some special teams require members to attend their ART annually. Please consult the particular cadre for information. 

MonthDateDay LocationEvent or Address
June8Friday7:00pmPrivate Residence• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
August30Thursday8:15amDPW Depot• Facilitated ART of Sandman (8:15am-11:30am)

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.