Wilderness Medicine in Glacier National Park

Join our Wilderness First Aid classes and get equipped to handle anything that nature throws your way

These courses will prepare you for the unexpected in a fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine. Although we tailor our classes towards river emergencies, if you like to spend time in remote areas, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities out of town, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you. 

Wilderness First Aid Class

Wilderness First Aid is an entry into the world of wilderness medicine. We will focus on river emergencies and provide the necessary training for individuals intending to guide professionally or individuals looking looking for a foundation for remote wilderness medicine.

The Wilderness First Aid course provides an introduction to emergency medicine and instructs the student how to care for a patient for longer periods and even how to build litters to move them more safely over longer distances. The students will learn how to recognize hazards and risks, and use that foresight to prevent injuries and illnesses. The topic of environmental emergencies will also be covered.

Course Dates

May 30-31, 2024

WFA with CPR – 20 hrs
60% classroom : 40% practical

Course Price


Course Outline

Day 1 : 1600-1700 CPR

Day 2 : 0800-1700 WFA Day 1

Day 3 : 0800-1700 WFA Day 2 There will be time for breaks. Lunch Not Provided.

Key Course Components

  • Scene assessment
  • Patient assessment
  • Identifying life threatening injuries
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Safely moving patients
  • Injury and illness prevention
  • Long-term injury management
  • Improvised litter construction
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Caring for injuries and illnesses including
    • stopping bleeding
    • cleaning and caring for wounds
    • managing and splinting fractured bones and joints
    • snake bites

Wilderness First Responder Class (WFR)

This is not your standard WFA. We take pride in providing the most relevant training for each student. Therefore, know that this class will incorporate the appropriate river scenarios and the common medical issues that river runners deal with.  

This Hybrid-WFR begins with 30 hours of self-paced, online work, and is followed by 5 days (50 hours) in person. The online section will launch on May 14th and consists of reading, case studies, videos, animations, and quizzes. The online material must be completed before the start date of the in-person practical section.

Course Dates

2024 dates by request

WFR with CPR – 80 hrs
50hrs classroom, 30hrs online

Course Price


Course Outline

DAY 1 – Day 5 classroom: Hands on in class training and scenario based exercises. There will be time for breaks. Lunch Not Provided.

Key Course Components

Course participants will develop strong patient assessment skills, adopt treatment tools to stabilize life-threatening conditions, and learn how to provide extended patient care in austere environments.