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Wilderness First Aid Weekend at Sterling State Forest

Date and Time

Saturday, May 2, 2020 8:30AM - Sunday, May 3, 2020 4:30PM


Sterling State Forest,
New York, Hudson River Valley,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact registrar below.

(best time to call: 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM, except Thursday evenings)


Standard first aid practices are generally based on the assumption that help will arrive shortly, and that the patient will be out of your hands and at the hospital in under an hour. Wilderness First Aid training intends to prepare you for the medical situation that arises where there is no ambulance, no roof or walls to provide shelter from the elements, your supplies are few, the wait for help is unknown and moving the patient a short distance might take hours. While teaching you how to deal with these situations, WFA also teaches how to avoid the problems that cause these situations through increased awareness. Wilderness First Aid is not a course in herbal or naturalistic remedies. It is not a course in wilderness survival or backcountry skills such as map reading and shelter building. The course is based on modern emergency medical care practices modified and expanded for backcountry environments and focuses on patient care and prevention. The ESCI Wilderness First Aid course is an intense yet fun journey through the world of wilderness emergency care and is recommended for all outdoors people. It is a 2-day, 16-hour course (8 hours/day, generally 9am to 5pm). It covers a full range of situations, from scrapes and blisters to life-threatening emergencies. In addition to wilderness medical care, participants learn accident scene management and how to communicate effectively with the outside world. (Or, how to give yourself the best odds that the rescue party turns up in the right place with the right equipment the first time.) There is a 2-year Wilderness First Aid certification available to those who successfully complete this course. There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is recommended that participants take a separate Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course. Contact your local chapter of the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, National Safety Council, or your local hospital or first aid squad for more information on CPR courses. Buy Tickets Here:

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $70 member / $130 non-member
*Two full days of Wilderness First Aid training and a certificate of complete, if you pass the quiz at the end.

Past participants say...

I took WFA in June, 2018 and never thought I needed. Except I did: a year later we had a broken leg on a hiking trip, and although I was nervous, I remembered enough of what to do in order to stabilize the situation and calm the injured hiker. We were able to make it back to the trailhead and called for an ambulance. Six months later, the hiker was back on the trail!

Happy hikers after completing Wilderness First Aid, June 2018


First Aid

Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey



Nearby AMC Destination

Harriman Outdoor Center


Adults (18+)


(best time to call: 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM, except Thursday evenings)