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Need a refresher on your wilderness medicine skills? Whether you are currently certified and simply want to keep your skills up, or you need to renew a WFR or WEMT certification before it expires, this hybrid recertification course offered through Western Washington University will get you up to speed.

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8 AM - 6 PMPatrick Corbett

Come explore the rugged hills full of pine and hardwood along the Little Missouri River on the longest loop trail in Arkansas. This 26.4 mile loop winds through the unique Ouachita Mountains offering breathtaking views and refreshing mountain air. This Thanksgiving Break trip includes transportation, equipment, instruction, and food.

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All daySarah Schneider

Outdoor Adventure practitioners rely on technical and interpersonal skills to create transformative experiences for their participants. While many formal trainings and certifications focus on technical skills, very few programs focus primarily on the interpersonal skills. To fill this gap, the Clinical First Responder (CFR) was developed to train non-clinician wilderness guides to competently assist in the care and treatment of clients with psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues in adventure/wilderness therapy programs.
     Naturally students in any outdoor adventure program can react similarly when stretching their comfort zones, and adventure leaders must recognize and act decisively to guide their participants through these challenging experiences. CFR provides foundational skills to help with that including effective communication, emotional regulation and de-escalation, and group dynamics and facilitation in addition to other essential tools to help facilitate any quality and safe adventure outing.  

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10 a.m Day 1- 3pm Day 4Scott Bandoroff, Ph.D.

In some of the highest terrain in Texas, explore the trails of Big Bend National Park's Chisos Mountains. This offers some of the most breathtaking views in one of the most remote parts of the Lonestar State. This Winter Break trip includes transportation, equipment, instruction, and food.


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Multiple daysSarah Schneider

The Climbing Wall Instructor Program (CWI) certifies professionals who teach in an indoor or artificial wall environment. It aims to increase the level of professionalism in indoor climbing and to improve the level of climbing wall instruction, to develop a more consistent standard of care for climbing instructors, to evaluate the skills of climbing instructors and to provide guidance for further professional development. There are two certification levels:


This course addresses the basic technical skills necessary to manage an instructional program at a climbing facility. The course length is a minimum of 20 hours of instruction, skills demonstration, and evaluation, run over 2.5 days. CWI Certification lasts for three years. After three years current CWI’s can re-take a one-day reassessment to regain the CWI certification.

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9am - 5pmGarrett Werner

ORAC is hosting an eight-day, 80 hour, Wilderness First Responder course through Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO). This course takes a comprehensive in-depth look at the standards of wilderness medicine. Participants can expect hands-on learning with field experience, spanning topics from simple first aid to anaphylactic shock. If all assessments and exams are passed, participants will receive a three-year wilderness first responder certification.

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm Haley Gouine

Big Bend National Park is one of the most iconic and wild places in Texas. Join us on a one in a lifetime journey through the beautiful canyons of the Park. 1500 ft cliffs, the meandering Rio Grande and the beautiful Chihuahuan desert will be the backdrop to a trip you won't soon forget. Transportation, food, and equipment are provided.

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Multiple daysSarah Schneider

Stephen F. Austin State University is hosting a WFR course.  See for more details.

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8am-6pmSteven Whitman

Description: The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is an 80 hour course taught by NOLS. The WFR course is designed to provide you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments. Prerequisites: No previous first aid training is required. You must be 16 years old to attend this course. Certification: Participants are required to pass both written and practical examinations to obtain WFR and CPR certification. Successful course completion earns you a WMI Adult & Child CPR certification and a WMI Wilderness First Responder certification. EMTs will earn a Wilderness EMT certification. All certifications are current for two years.

Should I take the WFR or WFA? The WFA is a two day course that primarily focuses on the basic of how to respond to an emergency situation in a remote area. This is perfect for people who are on remote day hikes or shorter trips with friends. This class really focuses on the Patient Assessment System and how to start making decisions on patient care. The WFR is an industry standard for outdoor professionals with outdoor schools and guide companies. If you are leading a group in remote areas, this can provide you with more in depth knowledge and practice dealing with a variety of First aid situtations.

Location: Primary classroom will be held at Memorial Union in Madison-800 Langdon Street. We are not able to offer housing or camping for this course. There are hotels and hostels available nearby. Food is not provided, but is available for purchase in the building and at nearby locations to Memorial Union. There is a refrigerator and microwave to chill and warm food. 


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08:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CST)Joe Webb

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