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.

2019 Black Rock Ranger trainings will be posted in the Ranger Secret Clubhouse in early April. All Rangers must attend training each year they intend to Ranger. 

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, starting at 9:45 am.

Active Rangers who have Rangered on playa for two or more years: You will need to attend the afternoon portion of the training (be there by 1:15 pm!),  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.

2019 Ranger Trainings

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

MonthDateDayLocationEvent or Additional Info
April27SaturdayMontreal, QC CANPrivate Residence
April27SaturdayPhoenix, AZ USAPrivate Residence
April30TuesdayTankwa Town, ZAFAfrikaburn
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.
May2ThursdayTankwa Town, ZAFAfrikaburn
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.
May5
SundayToronto, ON CANPrivate Residence
May11SaturdayNew York, NY USAPublic Space
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
May11SaturdaySan Francisco, CA USABurning Man HQ
May18SaturdaySalt Lake City, UT USAPublic Space
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
May18SaturdaySeattle, WA USAPublic Space
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
May18-19Saturday and SundayGrass Valley, CA USAWeekend Campout
May19SundayLas Vegas, NV USAPrivate Residence
May25SaturdayAmsterdam, NLDPrivate Residence
June1SaturdayVancouver, BC CANPublic Space
June1SaturdayCalgary, AB CANPrivate Residence
June1SaturdayVancouver, BC CANPrivate Residence
June2SundayLondon, GBRPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June8SaturdayAshland, OR USAPrivate Residence
June8-9Saturday and SundayLos Gatos, CA USA
Weekend Campout
• Facilitated ART of Sandman (9:45am Saturday)
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot (9:45am Sunday)
June8SaturdaySilver Spring, MD USAPrivate Residence
June15SaturdaySeattle, WA USAPublic Space
June15SaturdaySan Diego, CA USAPrivate Residence
June22SaturdayJoshua Tree, CA USAPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June22SaturdaySan Francisco, CA USABurning Man HQ
June23SundaySan Francisco, CA USABurning Man HQ
June28Friday and SaturdayNapa, CA USAWeekend Campout
Please note this training is on Friday.
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
• Facilitated ART of Captain Hook (10:00am Sat.)
June29SaturdayAtlanta, GA USA
(Powder Springs)
Private Residence
June29SaturdayChicago, IL USAPrivate Residence
July6SaturdayBlack Rock Desert, NV USARendezvous Point
July13SaturdayMissoula, MT USAPrivate Residence
July13SaturdayDetroit, MI USAPrivate Residence
July14SundaySeattle, WA USAPublic Space
July20SaturdaySan Francisco, CA USABurning Man HQ
July20SaturdayIndianapolis, IN USAPrivate Residence
July21SundaySan Francisco, CA USABurning Man HQ
July27SaturdayLos Angeles, CAPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
August10SaturdayPortland, OR USAPrivate Residence
August10SaturdayLos Angeles, CA USA
Private Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot

Attending an Advanced Ranger Training(ART)
DOES NOT satisfy the annual Ranger Training requirement.


2019 Stand Alone Advanced Ranger Trainings (ARTs)

MonthDateDay LocationEvent or Address
June9Sunday9:45amPrivate ResidenceLos Gatos Campout
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
June28Saturday10:00amPrivate ResidenceNapa Campout
• Facilitated ART of Captain Hook

Advanced Ranger Trainings have specific eligibility requirements. Some special teams require members to attend their ART annually.  Please contact the Ranger Cadre responsible for the ART for information. Cadre contact information can be found in the Ranger Manual, as well as in the Special Teams document on the home page of the Ranger Secret Clubhouse.

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.