Wilderness First Aid

A Highly Immersive Emergency Response Course for:

Woodsy Wanderers
Weekend Warriors

Wilderness Leaders 

Your mission: Learn to skillfully prevent and treat a wide range of medical emergencies you're most likely to encounter in nature so you can feel Peace of Mind as you set off on adventures.

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Most people don't know how to relieve choking, control a major bleed, or use critical life-saving tools such as an Epipen, AED, or Tourniquet. And so, they limit their experiences, travel, and adventure or worse yet, when they encounter emergencies they feel frozen and unprepared.

Your mission is to learn these and many other life-saving skills so you can Reduce anxiety, Be more self-reliant, and Adventure with Abandon. 

After two highly immersive days, you will have the skills to prevent emergencies and effectively respond to those that can not be prevented. Imagine setting off on adventures feeling relaxed, self-reliant, and ready for anything!

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Who is this course for?

As we like to say, this course is for Woodsy Wanderers, Weekend Warriors, and Wilderness Leaders alike. Essentially, this is a course for people who spend time in the outdoors and want to feel the Peace of Mind that comes from being prepared and knowing more advanced techniques for preventing and responding to emergencies.

What will I learn?

Patient Assessment System:
Gathering Patient History
Conducting a Patient Exam
Monitoring Vital Signs
CPR for Adults, Children, and Infants
Choking Relief
Automated External Defibrillator
Soft Tissue Injuries including Bleeding Control
Musculoskeletal Injuries: Sprains, Strains, Fractures, Dislocations
Heat Exhaustion/Heat Stroke
Spinal Cord Injury Management
Bites and Stings

How long is it?

16 hours
Please note, CPR is typically completed online prior to the in-person course experience.

Tell me about the format.

In this highly immersive course, you will NOT sit for long periods of time, and you WILL get dirty. Our signature system alternates experiential learning games, realistic scenarios, lectures rich with meaningful stories, and opportunity for Q&A.

Will I get certified?

Yes! You will earn both a CPR and Wilderness First Aid certification. 

How long does the certification last?

2 years

What is the cost?

$300 including both WFA and CPR

CEO, Director of Education

Recipient of the Massachusetts Award for Excellence in Science Education, Nicole is a passionate educator who loves turning people on to strategies for caring more skillfully for their fellow human beings.

She has degrees in Psychology and Recreation Therapy from the University of North Carolina and has been a Wilderness EMT since 2001.

She worked in many aspects of wilderness therapy for nearly a decade - expedition leader, health director, director of admissions.

She has also been an adventure racer, a raft guide, high ropes facilitator, a clinician for kids with Autism, a Waldorf high school teacher, and a mom.

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Nicole is such a solid teacher and has dual talents in both the medical field and teaching! She has great activities to help cement the information in her students heads while bringing potential scenarios to life. Her anecdotes from her years of experience bring the knowledge to life and help it stick. She clearly stays current on the latest best practices and, having taken WFA with her twice, she updates her students to ensure we are in the know as well. I highly recommend taking any of her courses!

-Matt Soycher


This was the most engaging first aid class I've ever taken. It was also the most beneficial. Nicole did an excellent job of making the class hands on and allowing us to use critical thinking and problem solving, something missing from most first aid classes. She also treated every student in the class with the respect and truly set up an atmosphere where we were free to ask questions without judgement.

-Angelina Chavez


I have taken classes with Nicole on multiple occasions in various settings. She is an incredibly talented teacher, tailoring the content to the audience and communicating effectively and clearly while maintaining engagement. You can tell she is passionate about the topics as she never sounds scripted and has very honest and natural answers to questions as they come up. Any course you take will be worth your money and your while.

-Kaytlyn Bland

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