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Wilderness Trainings

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Venture Out offers Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training each year in January. People involved in outdoor activities (canoeing, backpacking, caving, hunting, fishing, rock climbing) or who plan to pursue an outdoor career should strongly consider this exceptional leadership opportunity. Many outdoor programs such as National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Outward Bound and the federal government require WFR for entry level positions. All emergency medical trainings are taught by Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO). These courses are open to everyone – Mizzou students and non-students of all ages.


2017 Wilderness Courses:Wilderness First Responder students tend to "victims" during a nighttime rescue simulation.

  • Wilderness First Responder: January 5-13, 2017 ($600)
  • Wilderness First Aid/WFR Recert: January 14-15, 2017 ($150)
  • An additional CPR certification can be added to either course ($35)


Courses are enrolling now! For more information, email The deadline to enroll is November 25, 2016. Click here to enroll in WFR or WFA.


“I took the Wilderness First Responder course in 2012 as one of the adult leaders in our church’s youth backpacking trip to the Rocky Mountains. Cliff Stockton, the WFR instructor, did a great job of making the ten day class move quickly with a mix of in-depth material, challenging exercises, and stories from his experiences. I’ve used skills from the class on each of the three trips since I certified and often outside of the wilderness. Most important, the class gave me a basis for making hard decisions that were important to the students’ safety. I highly recommend the Wilderness First Responder course for anyone leading and participating in outdoor group activities.”
-Matt Blotevogel, WFR 2012


Lodging: Venture Out does not provide lodging for any of these courses. However, the Comfort Suites in Columbia, MO has provided us with a discounted rate of $67 per night. To book this rate contact them at 573-443-0055 and tell them you are coming for the WFR or WFA course.