Wilderness First Responder Re-certification

  • Wilderness First Responder patient demonstrates an improvised leg splint

This course may be used to re-certify current Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. This hybrid format re-certification is taught by NOLS Wilderness Medicine, and includes roughly 4 hours of online coursework to be completed prior to the 2 days of in-person course sessions. This course includes review and practice of evacuation and decision making guidelines. It also provides wilderness medicine practitioners with current updates in the wilderness medicine field.

WFR re-certification is offered at L&C in November and May annually.

How to Register

The fee for this course covers access to online materials, tuition, books, and first aid materials for the scenarios. Meals & Lodging are not included.
- $350 for current Lewis & Clark College Students

How To Register:
Registration opens on the first Monday of each semester.
- To access the student rate, Lewis & Clark students should register in person at the College Outdoors office, or by calling 503-769-7116. Payment plans are available. 
- General public can register online directly through NOLS Wilderness Medicine. Note that the the November hybrid course is only open to Lewis & Clark students.

More Info:
Visit the Wilderness First Responder info page

Physical Demands

Participants should be prepared to sit, stand, kneel, bend, twist, walk, and carry >20lbs. The class involves classroom learning and outdoor rescue scenarios on uneven terrain in all weather conditions. Participants will be in close contact with one another, including physical contact (disposable gloves are provided). Participants will need to be able to make visual observations of patients.

Accessibility accommodations are available, contact outdoors@lclark.edu.

What to Expect

  • Sleeping indoors
  • Sleeping outdoors
  • Electricity
  • Wifi
  • Cell phone service
  • Heating
  • Beds
  • Bathrooms
  • Gender-inclusive bathrooms
  • Showers
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Food for any Dietary Restrictions


The course will meet from 7:45am - 5:00pm and 6:30pm - 9:00pm on the first day, and from 8:00am - 6:00pm on the second day. Roughly 4 hours of On-line coursework must be completed prior to 7:45am on the first day of class.

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. Meals & lodging are not included as part of this course, but there is food available for purchase on campus. Public transportation should not be relied on to get to Lewis & Clark College, but parking is free during the course.

Upcoming Events

November 20

Wilderness First Responder Recertification

until November 21