Wilderness First Responder

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. College Outdoors at Lewis & Clark College has sponsoring Wilderness First Responder courses for LC students and the broader community since 1996.

Learn more at the NOLS website.

Courses Sponsored by Lewis & Clark College

Wilderness First Responder

We typically offer an 80-hour Wilderness First Responder course at Lewis & Clark College each May immediately following the end of Spring Semester, and each January immediately prior to Spring Semester. We also offer a course in Florida each January, immediately prior to Spring Semester

Wilderness First Responder Hybrid Recertification

We typically offer recertification for WFR each November and May. We offer the hybrid format recertification, which includes several hours of online pre-work followed by 2 days of in-person instruction and scenario practice.

Upcoming Events

Due to Covid-19, the two-part course below is the only WFR currently scheduled for 2021. We anticipate also offering a Hybrid Recertification in November 2021, and resuming normal January & May course offerings in 2022. 

College Outdoors Events

February 24

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)- Part 1

This hands-on medical course that is the outdoor industry standard! It includes engaging outdoor classroom sessions and outdoor scenarios taught by wilderness medical professionals. All College Outdoors Trip Leaders and Assistant Leaders are required to be WFR certified in order to lead off-campus trips.  WE ARE PLANNING TO TEACH THIS COURSE ENTIRELY OUTDOORS.
until 5:00pm on February 28
March 19

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)- Part 2

This hands-on medical course that is the outdoor industry standard! It includes engaging classroom sessions and outdoor scenarios taught by wilderness medical professionals. All College Outdoors Trip Leaders and Assistant Leaders are required to be WFR certified in order to lead off-campus trips.
until 5:00pm on March 23

DON’T WAIT TOO LONG TO REGISTER!

These courses are very popular and usually fill up early.
To participate in one of these courses, you will be asked to sign the Lewis & Clark College Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risks and Agreements of Release and Indemnity, as well as the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Student Agreement.