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Wilderness First Responder near Orlando, Florida

Thursday, January 4th - Friday, January 12th, 2018

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the medical course that has become the standard for back-country rangers, river guides, outdoor leaders, as well as NOLS and Outward Bound instructors. It’s also great for those seeking to be more prepared for personal wilderness adventures and potential natural disasters. The course is sponsored by College Outdoors at Lewis & Clark College, and taught by professional NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructors.

While taking this excellent course in Florida’s Orange County’s Kelly Park, (in the Orlando area) snorkel or swim over the lunch break in turquoise waters of Rock Springs Run (a spring-fed major tributary of the Wild and Scenic Wekiva River), and hike the trails before or after class each day! 


This 80-hour course will meet 8 to 12 hours per day Thursday, January 4th - Friday, January 12th, 2018. 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!


Fees for this course cover tuition, books, and first aid materials for the scenarios. Meals and lodging are available for additional cost as listed below:

  • $695 - Tuition Only 
  • $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)
  • Reduced fees available for Lewis & Clark College students. Contact us at for more info

*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.

The camp kitchen is very small and can only accommodate the meal plan program.  If you bring your own food to prepare, be sure to bring your own camp stove, pots, pans, utensils, 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.

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 may run a shuttle to the nearby Publix Supermarket or McDonalds to access the internet some evenings.   

How To Register:

You can register by phone or email.   Before Nov. 3, 2018 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 our outdoor program main office, 503 768 7116, or Joe Yuska, the program director, on his cell at (503) 880-5387.  This number will reach him any time,  including when the college is closed over Winter Break (Dec 23-Jan 2).  We can accept credit and debit card payments over the phone. We can also accept checks payable to “Lewis and Clark College”. 

REGISTER BY EMAIL: Download the Registration Form, fill it out, and email it to If you have trouble downloading the fillable PDF, try using Google Chrome as your web browser, or simply print out the page on paper, fill it out with a pen, then scan it (or take a good picture with your phone) and email it in. If you prefer not to include credit card information on the form, you can email us the registration form, then make payment over the phone with a card, or by check as indicated above.