Wilderness First Aid

Sponsored by Mount St. Helens Institute & NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Date: March 28-29, with option to arrive Friday night

Location: Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center

Tuition: $353, all meals and lodging provided


In light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, MSHI and NOLS has decided to CANCEL this program. This decision was made in the interest of the health and safety of our community. Please visit our COVID-19 Response Page for more information. 



Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, "What do I do now?" Prepare for the unexpected with this fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine. 

If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at camps or lead wilderness trips, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you.

You'll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, how to manage environmental emergencies, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions. You will spend half your time practicing skills and participating in realistic scenarios.

NOLS Wilderness Medicine's course is approved by such organizations as the American Camp Association, the United States Coast Guard, and other states as well as federal agencies.

Upon successful course completion you will earn the following NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications: Wilderness First Aid, Epinephrine Auto-injector, and on courses with the CPR module, Adult and Child CPR & Airway Management.