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Wilderness First Responder

This is the medical course that has become the standard for back country rangers, river guides, outdoor leaders, as well as N.O.L.S. and Outward Bound instructors. College Outdoors at Lewis & Clark College is sponsoring a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course for the 21st year now!  The course is taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) of NOLS.

 

More detailed course information:

Wilderness First Responder Course @ WMI

Wilderness First Responder Hybrid Recertification Course @ WMI

 

May 2017 Wilderness First Responder Course through WMI  - at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

Course dates May 8 - 17, 2017 (10-days) on the Lewis & Clark Campus, Portland, OR
Fee

$595 for LC Students

$735 for the general public

What the fee covers Fee for this course covers tuition, books, and first aid materials for the scenarios. Students provide their own meals and lodging.
How often the course meets This 80-hour course will meet 8 to 12 hours per day over the scheduled days, with one day off to be scheduled by the instructor. (Class length may vary, due to outdoor scenarios and rescue training being taught.) We recommend you don’t have any other commitments while taking this course, as you will be busy!
How to register

Student registration for the WFR begins on Friday, January 20, 2017.

General public registration begins on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. 

Please call our office at 503-768-7116 if you’d like to register. Payment in full at the time of registration is required to secure your space.

   


May 2017 WFR-Recertification Course through WMI - at Lewis & Clark College

Course dates May 19 - 21, 2017 (3 full days)
Fee

$250 for LC Students

$335 for the general public

What the fee covers Fee for this course covers tuition, books, and first aid materials for the scenarios. Students provide their own meals and lodging.
How often the course meets

This recertification course is designed as review and practice of evacuation and decision making guidelines. It also provides wilderness medicine practitioners with current updates in the wilderness medicine field. This course may be used to recertify Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications.

How to register

Student registration for the WFR-Recert begins on Friday, January 20, 2017.

General public registration begins on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. 

Please call our office at 503-768-7116 if you’d like to register.  Payment in full at the time of registration is required to secure your space.

   


January 4-12, 2018 - Camp Joy in Apopka, FL (a NW suburb of Orlando, FL)
Wilderness First Responder Course (taught by NOLS/Wilderness Medicine Institute)

Snorkel or swim in turquoise waters of Rock Springs Run (a spring fed major tributary of the Wekiva River) over the lunch break each day, and hike the trails before or after class each day!

Camping is $7/night and college students also have the option to stay in the dorms (for $9/night) until all the beds are reserved.  An optional meal plan is $14/day, or you can bring and cook your own food (you need a camp stove and ice chest to do this, though).  

Course dates 8 AM January 4 through 5 PM January 12, 2018 (9 days)
Fee

Rates:

  • $695 - Tuition Only*  (subject to 2018 price increases- pay early to avoid this possible increase)  $595 for Lewis & Clark students.
  • $765 - Tuition with Camping (no meals included)
  • $763 - Tuition plus Lunches* (for commuters. Includes all lunches plus 2 dinners on the days of the two evening sessions)
  • $895 - Tuition with all Meals* and Camping (tents only, no motor homes)

*Group meals can accommodate omnivore and vegetarian diets. For vegan, gluten free, and other dietary restrictions, please plan to bring your own food to prepare. Cost for all meals covers 3 meals/day: from dinner 1/3/18 through breakfast 1/13/18.  Camping is $7/night for 10 nights, starting the night of 1/3/2018.

The camp kitchen is very small and can only accommodate the meal plan program.  If you bring your own food, be sure to bring your own camp stove and ice chest, with ice.  You can re-freeze ice packs for your ice chest in the camp’s kitchen freezer, but the camp’s stove and refrigerator is too small to handle anything except the meal plan food.

What the fee covers Fee for this course covers tuition, books, and first aid materials for the scenarios. Meals and lodging are available for additional cost as listed above. 
How often the course meets This 80-hour course will meet 8 to 12 hours per day over the scheduled days. Class length may vary, due to outdoor scenarios and rescue training being taught. Day 3 and Day 7 of the course are when the evening sessions are scheduled to occur.  We recommend you don’t have any other commitments while taking this course, as you will be busy!
How to register

You can register by phone or email.   Before Nov. 3, a $100 deposit will hold your place in the course.  Payment in full is due at the time of registration after November 3.

PHONE: Please call  Joe Yuska, the program director, including when the college is closed over Winter Break (Dec 23-Jan 2).  His cell is 503 880 5387.  We can accept credit and debit card payments over the phone. We can also accept checks payable to “Lewis and Clark College”.  

EMAIL: Download the Registration Form, fill it out, and email it to yuska@lclark.edu. If you have trouble downloading the fillable PDF, try using Google Chrome as your web browser. If you prefer not to include credit card information on the form, you can make payment over the phone or by check as indicated above. 

Location Details

The course will take place at Camp Joy (part of Kelly Park) in Apopka, a NW suburb of Orlando, Florida. It is possibly the most scenic sub-tropical area to get your Wilderness First Responder certification in January! (did we mention it is usually warm, too?) Camp Joy is on 59 acres of palm, pine, and live oak forest with miles of trails and 70 F. water in crystal-clear Rock Springs Run (a major tributary of the Wekiva National Wild & Scenic River) flowing next to our site. Kelly Park adjoins this camp, and adds another 245 acres of protected public land.

Snorkel or swim in the turquoise waters of this first magnitude spring over the lunch break, and hike the trails before or after class each day!

Camping is allowed ONLY in tents at Camp Joy. Camping opens the afternoon of Jan. 3 (Wed.) and ends on Jan. 13 (Sat.). No pets or alcohol are allowed, but there is a pub about half a mile away for those of legal age. Motorhomes or camper trailers can reserve a site a Kelly County Park next door, but you must do this with Kelly Park directly, and the overnight camping fee is higher than tents at Camp Joy.

Verizon and most major cell phone carriers can find limited cell reception at Camp Joy, but there is no internet access. (You may want to set up a internet hotspot on your smartphone.)  If there is demand, we plan to run a shuttle to the nearby Publix Supermarket or McDonalds to access the internet some evenings.   



January 2018 Wilderness First Responder Course through WMI  - at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

Course dates January 4 - 13, 2018 (10-days) on the Lewis & Clark Campus, Portland, OR
Fee

$595 for LC Students (subject to possible 2018 price increases- pay early to avoid this)

$735 for the general public (subject to possible 2018 price increases- pay early to avoid this)

What the fee covers Fee for this course covers tuition, books, and first aid materials for the scenarios. Students provide their own meals and lodging.
How often the course meets This 80-hour course will meet 8 to 12 hours per day over the scheduled days, with one day off to be scheduled by the instructor. (Class length may vary, due to outdoor scenarios and rescue training being taught.) We recommend you don’t have any other commitments while taking this course, as you will be busy!
How to register

Student registration for the WFR begins on Friday, September 1, 2017.

General public registration begins on Monday, October 2, 2017. 

Please call our office at 503-768-7116 if you’d like to register. Payment in full at the time of registration is required to secure your space.

   

 


DON’T WAIT TOO LONG!

These courses are very popular and usually fill up early!
Be sure to register soon if you want a space.

If you have any questions or want to register, don’t hesitate to call College Outdoors at (503) 768-7116. Or just stop by our office!