NOLS Wilderness First Aid - 2 Day Course

New Date TBD (Cancelled May 23rd & 24th), Keystone, Colorado

Prepare for the unexpected with this engaging, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two days. If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, 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!

This course consists of two 8 hour days. The class starts at 8 AM both days and finishing at 5 PM, with a midday hour lunch. Please arrive at 7:45 AM Saturday the 23rd for registration. CPR is not included in this certification.

Important Info

Dates: TBD
Location: Keystone Science School, Keystone, CO

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Course Schedule

Day 1 Morning
Patient Assessment System

Day 1 Afternoon
Emergency and Evacuation Plans
Spine Injury
Head Injury
Wilderness Wound Management

Day 2 Morning
Wilderness Wound Management
Musculoskeletal Injury
Heat Illness

Day 2 Afternoon
Cold Injury
Altitude Illness
The Medical Patient

What to Bring

  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Watch or other timekeeping device
  • Daypack/tote with room to carry personal water, food, and layers
  • Weather-appropriate clothing that allows you to be comfortable during course time outside - sunglasses, hat, warm clothing layers, waterproof outerwear top and bottom, light hiking boots or sturdy shoes, etc.
  • Personal packed lunch, snacks
  • Water bottle and/or hot drink mug
  • Slippers or comfortable shoes for indoor classroom time
  • Insulated pad or camp chair
Provided by the Keystone Science School
  • Course Equipment
  • Course Materials including NOLS handouts and field pocket guide

Dress for Activity

You will be involved in several first aid scenarios that are performed on the ground. Please dress appropriately to learn and practice skills inside and outside. Scenarios will take place outside even in adverse weather. To better simulate injury/illness, moulage makeup is utilized to simulate blood, bruising, etc. There is a potential that some clothing may be stained, please bring appropriate clothing.


Please prepare to feed yourself throughout the day, meals and snacks will not be provided. Coffee and tea will be available in the back of the classroom.There are few restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the Keystone Science School and expect a 10-15 minute drive if you wish to get lunch off-campus. You will NOT have access to cook or prepare food in the kitchen area.

Location, Directions, & Parking


From east: Take exit 205 off of I-70 W for US-6. Turn left onto Blue River Pkwy/US-6/C)-9 S. Continue on US-6 for 6 miles. Turn right onto CO Rd 8/W Keystone Rd. Take an immediate left. Take the first right onto Soda Ridge Rd. Continue 1.2 miles to the end of Soda Ridge Road. You will pass the Keystone Stables on your left. Continue past the stables and turn left at the Welcome to KSS entrance sign and park in front of Tieken Place. A KSS employee will meet you in the Tieken Parking lot to show you to the Carver Teaching Lab, the classroom for this course.

From west: Take exit 205 off I-70 E for US-6 toward Dillon/Silverthorne. Turn right to merge onto US-6E. Follow the driving instructions above.


Please park in the large Tieken Parking Lot on the East side of Tieken Place.


The class will be held in the Carver Teaching Labs inside of Tieken Place. If you have questions or problems finding the classroom please call our on-call phone (970)406-2251.

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Recertification Information

If you hold a current or a grace year NOLS Wilderness Medicine certification, this course may be used to recertify your Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certification.

Participants using the WFA to recertify their WFR need to pass both a written and a practical test. Please review NOLS Wilderness Medicine recertification policy.

We ask NOLS Wilderness Medicine certified students to bring their certification card to the course so the instructor can verify the expiration date. We CANNOT issue you a new card until we verify your previous training.

For questions regarding recertification please contact NOLS Wilderness Medicine directly: Website or Phone: 1-866-831-9001.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

If a student cancels more than or equal to 30 days prior to the course start date, the student will be refunded the full amount of the course. If a student cancels 29 days or less prior to the course start date, the full registration amount will be non-refundable and is forfeited.

Contact Us

If you have specific questions or concerns about the course please contact Keystone Science School at (970)468-2098 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For questions and emergencies on the day of the course please call (970)406-2251.

Thank you for choosing a NOLS Wilderness Medicine Course held at the Keystone Science School.