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Wilderness First Responder (WFR)- Part 1

Date: 4:00pm PST February 24, 2021 - 5:00pm February 28, 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 course is taught in TWO PARTS, both of which are required for certification:

  • Part 1: Wednesday evening, Feb. 24 - Sunday, Feb. 28th (February Break).
  • Part 2: Friday evening, Mar. 19 - Tuesday, Mar. 23 (March break)


Note: THIS EVENT IS NOT 100% CONFIRMED YET. Confirmation is pending instructor staffing. We will not collect payments until staffing is confirmed. 


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.


$395 (special Covid-19 reduced price for LC student in 2021 only; normally $650 for students and $775 general public)
Financial aid is available on a need-based sliding scale for those who qualify. A sliding scale means that if you have greater financial need as demonstrated on your FAFSA, then you will pay less for the class. These scholarships are funded by the student government, ASLC. You can apply with one click within the Registration form linked below, and we’ll let you know in advance of paying how much financial aid you qualify for.  

The fee for this course covers BOTH Part 1 & Part 2 of the training, and includes tuition, books, and first aid materials for the scenarios. Students provide their own meals and lodging.


Housing & Meals:
Your housing will be your normal on-campus or off-campus housing.

Meal plans will be active during both the February and March breaks, so students with a Bon Appetit meal plan will have no trouble eating during those times.

This 80-hour course will be taught in 2 parts, BOTH of which are required for certification.

The class is very interactive and engaging, so time will fly by. However, you will be very busy so we recommend that you don’t have other commitments on the scheduled days. Try to complete any homework beforehand :)

Rough schedule, subject to change: 

Part 1 Feb. 24 - 28:
Wed: 3hrs evening session
Thur: 9hrs
Fri: 9hrs
Sat: 8hrs + 3hrs evening session
Sun: 8hrs

Part 2 Mar. 19 - 23:
Fri: 3hrs evening session
Sat: 9hrs
Sun: 8hrs + 3hrs evening session
Mon: 9hrs
Tues: 8hrs


All LC covid-19 policies will be strictly enforced, with additional precautions for scenario practice when you’ll be in close contact with other people. N-95 masks and safety glasses are provided to everyone at no extra charge, and you must also have your own personal face masks. 

Each day, all class members and instructors will receive a non-contact thermal scan, and anyone with a temperature above 100.4 F will not be allowed to participate in the class until they return with proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Missing more than 8hrs of instructional time may impact your eligibility for certification. If this occurs due to factors related to Covid-19, you may request a full refund.

Participation is only available to students who are already in the “campus bubble” so normal Lewis & Clark College monitoring and testing will apply. We do not anticipate you will need to get a special Covid-19 test to take this WFR course.


Course Location:
This course is held at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Instruction will occur indoors or outdoors.  There will be frequent outdoor scenarios around campus, including in the ravines and forests. 

Weather in February and March can be wet and cool (40’s F to 60’s F, sometimes as low as the 30’s F). Plan to dress in warm layers, as you will spend a lot of time outside regardless of the weather. Wear rain gear and warm layers that you don’t mind getting dirty.  Everyone will take turns acting as “patients,” which sometimes requires lying on the chilly, potentially wet, ground.

College Outdoors will be able to lend you some of our older outdoor gear if you don’t have old gear of your own, like long underwear, rain jacket or rain pants, etc.


Cancellation Policy:

If you test positive for Covid-19 or exhibit Covid-19 symptoms, or have to isolate due to your exposure to someone with Covid-19, you will not be able to take the course and you will be issued a full refund.

Cancellation up until February 1 does not carry a penalty, and the entire course fee is refundable. If you know you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation as soon as you know, so others on the waitlist may join.

There is an administrative cancellation fee of $100 after February 1st, unless you provide information on extenuating circumstances.

How To Register:
Complete this google form to provide your info.

Registration is now open online. We will contact you to collect payments in early December.  

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


While nothing is certain during this pandemic, we anticipate this course will be the ONLY Wilderness First Responder at LC in 2021. Unlike previous years, we are not planning on hosting a WFR in May after finals.


Event Contact

Joe Yuska
Director, College Outdoors