Prepare for your course


What Can I expect?

Our courses combine engaging lectures, in-depth skills practice, and creative scenarios. The classroom setting is comfortable and informal. Scenarios are realistic and challenging to ensure that students are confident with their new skills. 


What should I bring to class?

It’s essential that you bring adequate clothing to be outside in cold, heat, rain or snow. You should also bring a large daypack with extra layers, a water bottle, rain jacket, sturdy footwear, a watch, and a headlamp (for WFR courses). Be sure to bring a pen or pencil for taking notes in class and a reusable mug for coffee and tea. It is nice to have a pair of sneakers or flip flops for classroom sessions.


what time should i Arrive?

You should plan to arrive at 7:45 AM on the first day of the course. We start teaching at 8am, and take an hour for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00. We will finish promptly at 5:00pm each day.


What will i recieve prior to my course?

You’ll receive an email confirming your enrollment when you sign up for the course, and you’ll receive a second email about seven days prior to the course with additional logistical details.


Will i recieve any proof of certification?

Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll receive a certification card from NOLS Wilderness Medicine. These cards are emailed 4-6 weeks after your course. If you need proof of certification prior to this time, the instructors will provide you with a verification letter that can be used in lieu of a certification card until your card arrives. 


What are your payment & refund policies?

WRT accepts payments online via credit or debit cards.  For intact groups (e.g. summer camp counselors or university students) we can also accept a single check.  Payment in full is due upon enrollment.  

Cancellations prior to 30 days before the start of a course will be refunded in full, minus credit card processing fees.  We cannot offer a refund within 30 days of the start of a course.