Wilderness First Aid Training

In an effort to do our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19, this course has been cancelled. We will reschedule it as soon as possible.



REGISTER ONLINE or read below for more information.

Wilderness First Aid Course Overview

Instruction by the Wilderness Medicine Training Center on March 20-22, 2020 at The Evergreen State College.

Who this course is for

WMTC's Wilderness First Aid course may be the best choice for weekend campers, people taking day hikes within cell phone coverage, and those who are looking for basic instruction. It meets requirements for many outdoor jobs, including Boy Scouts of America and American Camping Association trip leader requirements. Depending on your field and/or activity, a WFR may be more appropriate.


WMTC's standard WFA is 3 days long and may also be used to recertify current WMTC WAFA, WFR, & WEMT certifications. To recertify you will need to pay an additional $25 testing fee. 

Graduates from other approved wilderness medicine school may recertify as well if their certifications are current OR in a grace period. Please visit WMTC's website for a list of approved providers and more details before registering

Visit the Wilderness Medicine Training Center website for additional information.

Course Dates & Times

  • March 20-22, 2020
  • Class starts at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 20th
  • Daily times – the course schedule will vary throughout the course. Class will start promptly at 8:00 am and go until 5 or 6 pm. CPR will be an additional evening session. See projected syllabus below. 

Registration & Fees

  • Register via WMTC's online system
  • Registration is open until course is full with 30 participants
  • After the course fills, you may register for the waitlist
  • Fees are as follows:
    • Evergreen Student WFA with CPR/AED - $225
    • Non-Evergreen Student WFA with CPR/AED  - $275
    • Recertification for WFR/WAFA/WEMT - $25 testing fee added to course price
  • After registering online, payment can be made in 3 ways (cash, check, credit card)
    • Online (you will be automatically redirected after registration)
    • Over the Phone (360-867-6778)
    • In-Person (Administration Desk of the CRC)

Course Documents

WFA Course Details

Location, Parking, and Directions

  • Classes will be held at the Costantino Recreation Center (CRC) on The Evergreen State College's campus, and in the surrounding woods
  • Google Maps will direct you to campus by using the below address. Park in lot C.
  • If you park on Friday, you will need to pay $3 for a parking pass. The weekend is free to park. Bus lines 41 and 48 also take you directly to campus.
    • Address: The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA 98505
    • The CRC is a 5-minute walk from the NE corner of Lot C. Entrance is on the amphitheater level
    • If you've never been here, we recommend visiting Evergreen's website for the area and campus map.


Food options are limited on campus during this time. While there may be access to a coffee and bagel shop, you should bring all your food and snacks for the day. You will not have time to go into town for food. There is a refrigerator, sink, kettle, and microwave on site that you are welcome to use.


Olympia has many hotel options within close driving or bus distance. If you will not have a personal vehicle during the course, we recommend finding a hotel along either the 41 or 48 bus lines, as they both run directly to campus. Check to make sure the 2020 schedule will run early enough for the 8 am starts--they may not on the weekend. 

Clothing and Equipment:

  • Outdoor Clothing: Roughly  50% of your course will be spent outdoors performing simulations, you will want to be comfortable; dress appropriately for the weather and environment.
  • Simulation Clothing: You will need two pairs of long pants, two long-sleeved shirts, two T-shirts, and one pair of heavy hiking socks. Use old clothing or stop by a local second-hand store such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. Plan on the shirts and pants being destroyed during simulations; the socks may escape unscathed.
  • Simulations are a vital part of your learning. You will act as both a rescuer and a patient throughout your practical session. In many simulations rescuers are required to check under the outer layers of their patient's clothing for potential life-threatening wounds; in some cases, when a patient's clothing is completely wet due to water immersion, rescuers will be required to remove the outer layers of the patient's clothing before placing the patient in a sleeping bag to keep them warm. It is vital to protect the personal space of all patients during simulations: Women MUST wear a swimsuit or a sports bra and shorts under their simulation clothing; Men MUST wear shorts or a swimsuit under their simulation clothing.
  • Daypack: Bring a simple daypack to class with you each day. You may need it during simulations.
  • Notetaking: Bring a small notebook, a pencil, and pen. Consider bringing colored pencils and plain paper for notes.
  • Other: Snacks, a headlamp (just in case), a watch, and a reusable water bottle.

Still have questions? 

Contact Sam Hensold at hensolds@evergreen.edu or dial 360-867-6520