Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid

Lancaster Conservancy is proud to host NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) to offer Wilderness First Aid training so our community can get outdoors safely!

Prepare for the unexpected with this engaging, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two days from 8am-5pm (16 hours total). If you volunteer or work at parks, nature preserves, or for trail groups or outdoor camps, or if you simply like to recreate outdoors (such as hike, climb, swim, run, or bike) with family, friends or meetup groups then this course is for you.

This course is great for people of all experience levels, and is best suited for those who recreate outdoors where EMS response can be expected in a timely manner (fewer than eight hours). You’ll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions.

You’ll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments!

Tuition: $285


The course takes place over two days. No days or parts of the course may be missed.

Friday, May 1 from 8am – 5pm (check-in opens at 7:45am)

Saturday, May 2 from 8am – 5pm

Minimum Age: 18

NOLS Certification

Upon successful course completion you will earn the following NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications: Wilderness First Aid and Epinephrine Auto-injector

CPR Certification

This course does not offer CPR training and certification. CPR classes are offered frequently and you can find a local CPR class near you at https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr

Waiver & Agreement

You will be asked to sign the following two waivers when you arrive at the first day of this training.

Class Format

Check-in is 7:45 AM on the first day. Course days run from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. All course materials will be provided on the first morning of the course.

The class format is classroom lectures integrated with practical scenarios, case studies, and skills practice sessions. Attendance is required at all classes.

Scenarios and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Bring outdoor clothing appropriate for lying on the potentially wet, snowy, or cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient.

Frequently stage (moulage) blood and make-up are used to enhance the realism of a scenario. The classroom environment generally lends itself to a pair of comfy shoes and a camp chair.


  • Notebook and pencil or pen
  • Watch with a second hand or digital second
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Light day pack
  • Waterproof outerwear top and bottom
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Clothing layers that allow you to be comfortable in a variety of weather conditions
  • Slippers or comfortable shoes for classroom time (optional)
  • Camp chair for classroom time (optional)

Other Considerations

Please bring your own lunch and any snacks you might need. A reusable water bottle is also encouraged.


No-frills camping will be available at Climbers Run for an additional $25 for Friday night only and $40 for both Thursday and Friday night. Please bring your own camping equipment and note that only an outdoor toilet will be available after training hours. Showers are not available at this facility. For additional questions regarding camping please contact Lydia Martin at lmartin@lancasterconservancy.org


If you cancel or withdraws from a course:

  • Greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the course start date, the host will retain a $35.00 administrative fee. The remainder of tuition collected to date will be refunded.
  • Within 30 days of the course start date, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable
Event Information

Starts: May 1, 2020 at 8:00 am
Ends: May 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Climbers Run Nature Center, 226 Frogtown Rd.

Hosted by: Lancaster Conservancy

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