Cascadia Wilderness Medicine runs Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder courses in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, using curriculum, books and certification provided by Wilderness Medical Associates, Intl. All instructors used on these courses are WMA instructors. Certification is good for three years and is recognized all over the world.

For more information, or to register for any of these classes, please email

5 Day Wilderness First Responder, Skamokawa, WA          December 17-21, 2022   $749
3 Day WFR Recertification, Skamokawa, WA          January 14-16, 2023   $389
5 Day Wilderness First Responder, Skamokawa, WA          February 17-21, 2023   $749
3 Day WFR REcertification, Skamokawa, WA              March 18-20, 2023   $389
5 Day Wilderness First Responder, Skamokawa, WA          March 31-April 4, 2023   $749


Skamokawa, WA:

The Skamokawa courses will be held at the old Grange Hall in Skamokawa, WA, near the Columbia River in Wahkiakaum County. Skamokawa is about a 90 minute drive from Portland, OR, and about 3 hours from Seattle, WA.

No food or lodging is included in this course, however, the Grange Hall has a kitchen that students can use for meals. There is a small grocery/convenience store within walking distance of the classroom, and two larger grocery stores about 6 miles away in Cathlamet. There is also a bar and grill style restaurant in Skamokawa, also within easy walking distance of the classroom.

Lodging options in Skamokawa include tent or yurt camping at the county park across the highway from the classroom, inn rooms above the store, and several local B&Bs, as well as other options nearby in Cathlamet. Tent or car camping is also available next to the Grange Hall for $15/night, through Cascadia Wilderness Medicine.


Chewelah, WA:

Sadly, the organization running the Chewelah facility was forced to close it down due to the financial impact of COVID-19 related closures. We hope that it will be re-opened again in the near future.

The Chewelah courses will be held at the Chewelah Peak Learning Center, located about 9 miles, (20 minutes) east of Chewelah, WA, on Flowery Trail Rd. Approximately 90 minute drive from Spokane, WA.

Dormitory style lodging is included in the cost of these courses.

Meals are not included, however, propane cooktops and space to prepare food and wash dishes will be available next to the classroom. You will need to bring your own food, cooler, cookware and dishes. The town of Chewelah is about 20 minutes away with dining and grocery shopping options.


Mackay, ID

The Idaho courses will be held at the Lost River Field Station near Mackay.  In the classroom building there is a good commercial kitchen, showers and laundry facilities. There are a couple of primitive cabins on site, plus tent and RV sites. Use of those is included in the price of the course. Groceries are available nearby in Mackay or Arco.



For more information, or to register for any of these classes, please email


About canceling courses:

I hate to cancel courses; I know it makes things difficult for people, and so I have gone out of my way to avoid canceling courses for low enrollment in all but the most extreme cases. However,  I’ve finally come to the decision that I need to have a stricter and specific policy around this.

From September 2022 onwards, Cascadia Wilderness Medicine will cancel courses that don’t have at least 6 students signed up and paid at four weeks out from the course start date.

If you want to make sure you get on a particular course, please make the commitment early, pay your invoice, and tell your friends.

Cascadia Wilderness Medicine’s refund policy is as follows:

For student cancellations more than 30 days in advance of the event, a full refund is offered. Between 14 days and 30 days in advance of the event, a 50% refund is offered unless the canceled registration can be filled from a waitlist. For a cancellation less than two weeks from the start of an event, no refund is available, unless the canceled registration can be filled from a waitlist. At any point, a canceled registration can be transferred to a later event.

COVID: If a student has to cancel on short notice due to contracting or being exposed to COVID with no time to obtain a negative test before arrival, the student may transfer their registration to a later class, or get a full refund minus the cost of the textbook ($40).

Cascadia Wilderness Medicine works hard to avoid having to cancel any classes offered. In the rare case that I have to cancel a class, a full refund is available to students, or the option to transfer their registration to another date.

If you have a question regarding your account or a payment that you have made, please contact a customer support representative at (360) 749-0405 or

Cascadia Wilderness Medicine reserves the right to modify this Refund Policy at its discretion. Any such revision or change will be binding and effective immediately after posting of the revised Refund Policy on the Cascadia Wilderness Medicine website.