SUNY Cortland is located in Central New York, in the Finger Lakes Region. We are easily accessible from both Ithaca and Syracuse, a short drive of about 40 minutes. Cortland is approximately 4 hours from the Adirondacks and 4 hours from NYC.

Public Transit

Information about public transit to SUNY Cortland can be found at Way2GoCortland and the SUNY Cortland Transporation page.


Parking is free on the SUNY Cortland campus on the weekends. We recommend that you park in the "Tennis Court Lot" highlighted in the diagram.


Meals are not included. Although there will be an hour off lunch each day and there are inexpensive lunch spots nearby, you can minimize stress by packing a lunch. You are welcome to snack in class throughout the day.


Lodging is not included. There are several hotels and motels in the area. SUNY Cortland itself does not have any visitor lodging options.


Please come prepared for class ready to spend time outside. You will be laying and kneeling on the ground throughout the weekend. Many students bring a small foam pad or crazy creek chair. Bring several layers of clothing, including warm layers, rain layers, gloves and hat. Bring a pen and small notebook. Even if it is raining or snowing, we will still spend 50% of our time outside.

WFR Re-certification

Wilderness First Aid is an introductory level class, designed for the beginner. However, if you are a NOLS WFR and need to re-certify your Wilderness First Responder, you can take this class in a pinch. It will not work to re-certify any other company's WFR, however. You will need to take a NOLS WFR Recert course if you have a SOLO, WMA, or Aerie WFR.

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