Wilderness First Aid

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Prepare for the unexpected

The setting couldn’t be more perfect: a few puffy clouds float gently in the brilliantly blue sky. The smell of the northern pine trees enraptures your soul. You hear what must certainly be an eagle’s call and look up, sure to spot the magnificent bird. Instead, you spot the muddy ground as you gracelessly trip over a tree root. You look down at your arm and realize it doesn’t normally bend that way. Uh-oh.

It is right then and there that you whisper a prayer of gratitude for taking the Wilderness First Aid Course. Well, the prayer of gratitude comes right after you utter a few choice words because let’s face it: that arm hurts like the bajeebuz.

The Wilderness First Aid Course prepares you for the unexpected emergencies that can occur when your adventures take you away from the security and timeliness of 911. This fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine is taught by educators from NOLS Wilderness Medicine, leaders in the recognition, treatment, and prevention of wilderness emergencies. The course teaches you the Patient Assessment System, effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions.


Wilderness First Aid Course

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The Wilderness First Aid Course is $250/person and we meet at the Gunflint Ranger Station. The learning takes place inside and in an outdoor setting regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments!


Things to bring
  • Clothing for inside and outside that allows for plenty of movement (We recommend that you dress in layers to accommodate variable weather conditions and different levels of exertion throughout the day.)
  • A top and bottom waterproof shell for your outer layer (in case it rains or snows because snow happens on the North Shore)
  • Warm, waterproof gloves that offer good dexterity
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses and strap
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Snacks to fuel you through the day
  • Packed lunch or money to purchase lunch off-site
  • If needed: medications; eye glasses and/or contact lenses and spare

Are you missing something from the equipment list? All participants receive a 10% discount at Stone Harbor on the day before and the day of the course. 


All Stone Harbor tours and instruction require active, physical participation on the part of the guest. You must sign the Stone Harbor Guided Tours and Instructional Activities Waiver and Release of Liability form and the Stone Harbor Confidential Medical History form prior to participating in any Stone Harbor tour or instruction. Please call us at 218-387-3136 if you have any questions about the physical requirements or the risks associated with the activities.

All tours and instruction are weather dependent. If a tour or class needs to be cancelled due to the weather, you will receive a full refund. If you must cancel a reservation, please give us 48 hours notice for a full refund.

We are committed to your safety. Our safety policy can be found here.

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