Our Wilderness Herbal First Responder is a certification demonstrating 100 hours of Wilderness First Responder (80 hours on-campus and 20 hours online) combined with remote and post-disaster herbalism. The WHFR also includes a 40-hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification card through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI), CPR certification, and an 80-hour Wilderness First Responder certification card through The Human Path.

This is the merging of the worlds of remote or post-disaster medicine (“ditch medicine”) with the world of herbalism and includes a practical foundation in the use of herbal medicine for acute and critical care situations in the field. PLUS, this course includes a full Wilderness First Responder curriculum that allows the student to be a competent first aid provider in the field, right from the get-go in the case of illness, injury or even chronic health issue.


This course is geared toward a number of different types of students:
• The outdoor enthusiast, camp counselor, outdoor recreational employee who wants in-depth training on injury and illness management in the field.

• The camper, hiker or rock-climber who wants more much more intensive learning, geared toward outdoor environments, than a standard first aid course.

• The prepper (disaster preparedness) who wants to be self-sufficient medically and not even necessarily reliant on orthodox pharmaceuticals.

• The herbalist who wants higher intensity training across the board from wilderness first aid to herbal medicine in a remote environment.

• The emergency medicine professional who wants to expand his/her horizons into indefinite medical care that includes botanical medicines (field herbalism).


The full course includes all of the following skills:

  • Legal definitions and introduction to Wilderness Medicine
  • Working in a chronic vs. acute disaster situation
  • 1, 2 and 3 person carries and stretcher carries, improvisation with limited equipment
  • Ankle and Knee assessment and taping
  • Shock assessment and treatment
  • The acute abdomen
  • Bio-regional Plant identification walks
  • Introduction to knots and lashings
  • Head Injuries (lecture and hands-on)
  • Primary Survey
  • Secondary Survey (physical exam, vital signs, SAMPLE history)
  • Herbal Preparations and administrations in the field
  • Herbs for Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat Ailments in the Field
  • Herbs to help support the body recover from various types of shock
  • Percolation tincturing in the field
  • Bandaging/Taping Techniques:  Shoulder to Ribs
  • Slings
  • Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Occlusive Dressings and their uses
  • Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Compression Bandages
  • Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Field Expedient Tourniquets
  • Pelvic Injuries
  • Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Buddy Splinting
  • Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Traction Splints
  • Open vs. Closed Fractures
  • Mini Scenarios
  • Wound and Infection Management (including herbs)
  • CPR/AED certification
  • Secondary Survey Practical Exercises
  • The Austere Team: Provider roles in the field. Food allergies.
  • Environmental Hazards: Heat, Cold, Altitude, Lightning strikes
  • Venom and venomous bites
  • Poisonous plants in the field
  • Wound Closure methods
  • The Austere Team: Provider assessment of team provisions
  • Spine management in the field (to include clearing the spine)
  • Making and using activated charcoal
  • Medical and environmental emergencies in the field – from drowning to hypoglycemia
  • Building first aid kits
  • Radio and Communications
  • Group Scenarios: post disaster response
  • Low light triage scenarios
  • Establishing of an Incident Command Center

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