Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course - May 2020 - CANCELED

Due to the presence of the Covid-19 pandemic, this course is canceled.  We hope to have our next course in January 2021.

If you are currently registered, we will contact you to process a full refund.

May 26 - June 3, 2020

Presented by the Wilderness Medicine Training Center
Sponsored by Puget Sound Outdoors, University of Puget Sound

There is space for 18 participants in this course so sign up early. The course will most likely fill near the early registration date.

About the WFR Course and Syllabus

Who is the course for?
Outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer personal trips, those who take part in high risk activities (rock climbing, whitewater paddling, mountaineering, multi-week expeditions of all kinds, etc.), or those who simply want to know more about wilderness medicine. Certification as a Wilderness First Responder is the industry standard for outdoor instructors and guides. We recommend taking the full course every six years.

Our standard WFR course is 9-days long; the practical session. Adult & Child CPR/AED certification is included. Please visit the hybrid WFR website's homepage for course details prior to registering.

Standard WFR course syllabus

Course Dates & Times

  • Course starts at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday May 26, 2020
  • Location - University of Puget Sound campus, Thompson Hall rm 193 see below for driving information
  • Daily times – the course schedule will vary throughout the course. Generally there will be morning class time starting promptly at 8:00 am and going to lunch. Then in the afternoon there will be a combination of interactive  scenarios, class and skills sessions. See projected syllabus below.  Class will run from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily with 30 minutes to an hour for lunch.



    • Registration rate $650
    • Upgrade WFR to WEMT early registration discount - contact us for more information

Campus Community

    • Registration rate $500 by April 17 and $575 after
    • Upgrade WFR to WEMT early registration discount - contact us for more information


  1. Complete the registration form

  2. Registration Confirmation:
    Bring a copy of the registration confirmation which was emailed to you to the Expeditionary (on your phone or computer). Or if you are not a student or abroad call the Expeditionary to pay.
  3. Payment is required to complete your registration and guarantee a spot in the course
    • In person payment - cash, credit card or check (payable to University of Puget Sound). Come by the Expeditionary at 1408 N. Alder Street from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday - Friday to pay by credit card. 253-879-3403.
    • Over the phone - pay by phone with all major credit card
    • Mail in payment via check or money order.  Checks should be made payable to the University of Puget Sound.
      • Student Involvement and Programs - Kevin Buchanan
        University of Puget Sound
        1500 N. Warner Street, #1069
        Tacoma, WA 98416-1069
    • More information: 253-879-3403
      Fax: 253-879-8583
      Hours: Monday - Friday 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cancellation Policy

PSO Policy on Refunds

Course Material

WMTC researches, writes, edits and publishes their own field guides and teaching materials.

  • Full color water-proof field handbooks; for everything you can't remember....
  • Weatherproof patient SOAP notes.

Necessary Personal Equipment

  • Clothing for scenarios which can be cut to access wounds or cut off of you for scenarios:
    • 2 - t-shirts
    • 2 - long sleeved shirts
    • 2 -  pair of long pants
    • One pair of heavy socks
    • Students must wear underwear or swimsuit and jog bras for women.
    • DO NOT short this list! ALL the listed clothing IS REQUIRED for effective practice during simulations and labs. Clothing can usually be purchased cheaply through Goodwill, Salvation Army, local thrift store, church, yard sale or secondhand stores. Ask clerk for rejects and throw-away clothing).
  • Warm clothing for daily outside simulations: Waterproof- top & bottoms, fleece jackets, long underwear - top and bottoms, watch (not your cell phone), waterproof hiking boots, warm hat, gloves, water bottle, headlamp, large day pack. If you have older outdoor equipment and clothes bring them - or stop by Goodwill. You may have fake blood, mud, dirt, sand ground into any of the clothes you wear.
  • Please bring a water bottle and hot drink mug to be sustainable and stay healthy.
  • Extra pair of shoes for indoors or slipper to keep the mud out of the building and dry feet are happy feet
  • Writing utensils and notebook


  • Colored pencils or markers can be helpful for taking notes during anatomy lessons
  • Thermos

Food and Meals

  • A microwave, hot pot, coffee maker, tea and coffee will be provided for the course.  A refrigerator is not available.
  • Meals are not included in the course fee.
  • Lunch will generally be 30 - 60 minutes.  You will have time to eat on campus or bring your own lunch.  There is generally not enough time to go off campus for lunch.
  • Meals are available on campus during the course and can be paid for with cash or credit card

  • The Diner and Diversions Cafe will be open during the course with limited hours.
    The Diner
     Open from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with the following variances:
     Open for breakfast from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and Closed for lunch on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)

    Diversions Café
     Open from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
     Closed on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)

    The Cellar, Lillis Café and Oppenheimer Café
     Closed for the summer


  • Students living in campus housing 
    Lodging on campus is available if you are or will be living on campus for the spring semester of 2019.  If you live on campus we will request early arrival for you.  Please specify that you are living on campus when you sign-up for the course with the Expeditionary staff.
  • Students - living off campus
    You will be responsible for your own housing. 
  • Non-students:
    • There is camping in the area at Dash Point State Park, and there are hotel, Air BnB and B&B and options in Tacoma.
    • Parking overnight campus is available for RV's with full self contained sanitary systems.

Course Location

The course takes place on the Puget Sound campus with scenarios on campus, and in local parks and at Point Defiance Park.

The indoor portion of class will be in Thompson Hall room 193.  You can park in lot P4 for free.  Here is the campus map and follow driving directions to the WEST side of campus.  The parking lot is at North 14th and Union Street.