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Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Date: 7:45am PST January 9, 2021 - 5:00pm January 17, 2021 Location: Templeton Campus Center

  • Picture shows a woman in a maroon jacket with a red medical bag checking the pulse of a woman in a bright pink jacket who is sitting against a tree in the snow. 

Templeton Campus Center

This training is TENTATIVELY scheduled:
We expect to know by late November, 2020, if we are able to offer this course in January 2021. Obviously, it will depend on the COVID-19 situation.

If the course is approved, it may still be cancelled if the COVID-19 situation changes. If you are making travel arrangements, please plan a flexible itinerary.


Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training is the hands-on medical course that is the industry standard for backcountry rangers, river guides, outdoor guides, as well as NOLS and Outward Bound instructors. The course includes engaging classroom sessions and outdoor scenarios taught by medical professionals from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

All College Outdoors Trip Leaders and Assistant Leaders are required to be WFR certified in order to lead off-campus trips.

Learn more at the NOLS website.


$650 (special price for LC students)
The fee for this course covers tuition, books, and first aid materials for the scenarios. Students provide their own meals and lodging.


Housing & Meals:
In past years students with a Spring Term housing contract have been allowed to stay move into the residence halls early, for an additional housing fee. We’ll know if this will be permissible in January, 2021 by the time registration opens in late November, 2020. Housing and housing fees are managed through Campus Living.

Meal plans are not active before the beginning of Spring Term, so students are responsible for purchasing their own meals during the course.

This 80-hour course will meet 8 to 12 hours per day over the 9 scheduled days, starting at 7:45am the first day and at 8:00am on all other days. Class length may vary, due to outdoor scenarios and rescue training being taught. Days 3 and 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!

Course Location:
This course is held at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Material is taught indoors with frequent scenarios performed in the natural outdoor settings around campus and in the nearby forests.

Weather is usually very wet, and sometimes snowy or icy in Portland in January. Plan to dress in warm, waterproof layers that yo don’t mind getting dirty.

How To Register:
Registration is now open online. Once we have confirmation that the course can run, we will begin collecting payments in late November or early December.

Registration is only open to current students who will be attending LC in person during Spring Term, 2021.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation prior to payment collection in early December does not carry a penalty. If you know you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation so others on the waitlist my join.
There is an administrative cancellation fee of $50, and after January 1st the entire course fee is non-refundable unless we can fill your spot off the waitlist. If we are able to fill your spot after January 1st, the the tuition fee is refundable less a $100 “late drop” fee.


Registration Instructions

Please include a PHONE NUMBER so we can contact you when the course is approved.

Event Contact

Joe Yuska
Director, College Outdoors