Outdoor & Wilderness Medical Explorer for Public, Private & Home Schools

Online Academic Enrichment & Career Exploration for Public, Private & Home School Grades 9-12

The academic enrichment & career exploration program for teens interested in science, medicine, nature or STEM

Unique, fun and educational outdoor & wilderness medicine introduction & certification for ages 14+

Developed and taught by licensed emergency, wilderness & survival medicine physicians

Integrates online, blended & flipped classroom principles

Designed for online safety: in-course messaging with faculty & staff only, no student-to-student messaging

Meets 2021 WFME Standards for Distributed & Distance Learning In Medical Education

Partner, University of Utah School of Medicine Wilderness Program

What's Included in This Course

Please note that this medical education course contains clinical photos of real-life injuries including broken bones and bleeding wounds.

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18 contact hours of self-paced online Outdoor & Wilderness Medicine: common injuries, illness, wildlife, terrain & weather hazards, & survival skills

Supplemental Regional Wilderness First Aid course covers local hazards & common rescue calls


Video scenarios and online activities feature teens addressing realistic challenges set in interesting locations

Survival Med Challenge! webinars coached by MDs

MD-led Scenarios & Skills group coaching via Zoom

Direct access to medical faculty for Q&A + individualized instructor feedback & coaching points


Knowledge checks, quizzes, & written assignments + textbook (PDF)

Hands-on Wilderness First Aid Skills assignments submitted via videos & photos

Includes Wilderness First Aid certification & 24 months course access

Unique High-Impact Elective. Effortless Implementation.

No supply purchases required - uses ordinary items found at home, school or outdoors

Works on Apple, Windows & Chromebook desktop, laptop & mobile devices with internet access

Affordable pricing fits line-item, activity-fee or grant-based budgeting, volume discounts available

Group enrollment tools & teacher dashboard simplify enrollment, supervision & payment via credit card or purchase card

2023 California Student DPA complies with CA AB 1584 & covers all CA public schools

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Learner Benefits

Student-centered experiential learning for teens interested in outdoor, medicine or science

Builds confidence, leadership & life skills through emergency decision-making scenarios

Develops critical thinking through planning, situational awareness and analysis

Develops interpersonal skills including empathy and cooperation needed for personal and job success

Buddy splinting on artificial turf

Instructional Design

Blended learning combines online study with personalized feedback from medical faculty

For all learning styles: visual, auditory, read/write & kinesthetic learners

Modular structure supports self-paced & "bite-sized" learning

Problem-based learning via objective, written, hands-on & multimedia assignments

Realistic challenges emphasize creative and improvisational thinking

Unfiltered Customer Reviews

Buddy splinting on artificial turf

"My kids enjoyed this course, especially practicing the first aid skills on each other! I wasn't sure if they could handle the video assignments but they did great." - Chris M.


"My son has wanted to be a fireman or EMT since forever and he is so excited to start this class." - A. Ray


"Thank you so much for your amazing customer service! I will be recommending your course to our homeschool co-op!" - Heather N.


"The Wilderness Medical Explorer course is now on our daughter's birthday list! She thinks she might want to do pre-med so this is perfect." - S. T.

Outdoor & Wilderness Medicine Curriculum

Injury assessment & basic life support
Injury assessment and life support

MARCH & SAMPLE patient assessment protocols; breathing, circulatory & nervous system assessment; spinal stabilization; basic CPR & Heimlich maneuver training

Common outdoor medical problems
Common outdoor medical problems

Treating & stabilizing impalements, broken bones, finger amputations, muscle injuries, bleeding, wounds, cold injuries, heat illness, lightning and altitude ilness & more

Wildlife attacks & treating injuries
Wildlife attacks and treating injuries

Dealing with grizzlies, black bears, mountain lions; snakes & scorpions; other venomous animal & insect bites, stings, rabies prevention & communicable & waterborne diseases

Terrain, temperature & weather hazards
Terrain, temperature and weather hazards

Heat & cold related injuries; wildfires, lightning & burns; floods, tides & drowning; avalanches & earthquakes; acute mountain & altitude sickness (AMS, HACE, HAPE)

Basic outdoor survival skills
Terrain, temperature & weather haards

Route, logistics & supplies planning; avoiding getting lost, signaling for rescue; finding and treating water for safe drinking, maximizing chances of being found alive

Innovative Hands-On First Aid Skills Training

Demonstrate skills using family, friends or fellow students as "volunteer patients."

Submit your hands-on first aid assignments via video, photo &/or Zoom.

Get personalized feedback & coaching points within 48 hours from our medical faculty.

Includes 2-Year Wilderness First Aid Certification

Outdoor & Wilderness Medical Explorer Certificate

Realistic Outdoor & Wilderness Video Scenarios

Survival Med Faculty

Dr. Natalie Bonthius skiing
Natalie Bonthius, MD

Founder of Survival Med & Emergency & Survival Medicine Physician, UHS-Southern California

Dr. Carson Harper
Carson Harper, MD

Emergency Medicine Physician, UHS-Southern California

Dr. Richard Ingebretsen
Richard Ingebretsen, MD

Clinical Instructor & Wild Med U Program Director, University of Utah School of Medicine

Kevin Grange, Paramedic

Paramedic & Firefighter, Jackson Hole Fire & EMS and Grand Teton National Park

Dr. Robert Scanlon
Robert Scanlon, MD

Quadruple Board-Certified Critical Care, Pulmonology, Internal Medicine & Sleep Medicine Physician