If you're passionate about the great outdoors and want to take your skills and knowledge to the next level, you've come to the right place. Our program offers comprehensive training and certification in various outdoor disciplines, empowering you to pursue your outdoor adventures with confidence and expertise.

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast looking to enhance your personal skills or a professional seeking to expand your career opportunities, The Outdoor Experience has you covered. We offer a range of certifications, including wilderness first aid, rock climbing, challenge courses, hiking and backpacking, navigation, and more. Our instructors are industry experts who are dedicated to providing top-quality training and ensuring your success.

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Wilderness Medicine

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Unlock the power of preparedness with our Wilderness Medicine certification program. Learn essential life-saving skills in the great outdoors, from first aid in remote locations to handling emergencies. Explore safely and confidently with the support of DU's Outdoor Experience.

  • Wilderness First Aid

    Upcoming Course: COMING SOON

    Partnering with Desert Mountain Medicine, our Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is designed for the outdoor enthusiast, trip leader, raft guide, or field staff who want more than what an urban first aid course provides. The WFA is a great introduction to wilderness medicine and basic life support skills. This training focuses on prevention, assessment, and treatment of environmental illnesses, recognizing and stabilizing life threats caused by trauma, and calling for a rescue in the event of a wilderness emergency. This course consists of 16 hours of hands-on scenarios and lectures and successful completion will result in a 3-year certification, a CPR Certification, and Wilderness Anaphylaxis Training (WAT).

    Price: $150

    Location: Stapleton Tennis Pavilion - First Floor

    Meetings: COMING SOON

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  • Hybrid Wilderness First Responder

    The hybrid Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course format consists of a 30-hour self-paced, online instructional component, followed by a 50-hour in-person, practical component, which takes place over five consecutive days. 

    The online section is hosted on CANVAS®, a cloud-based classroom and powerful learning management system that allows individual students to work at their own pace. An instructor team assigned to each course supports participants with navigation of the online material and facilitates interactive elements and skill-based learning. The online material consists of reading assignments, case studies, videos, photos, animations, quizzes, and discussions, culminating in a comprehensive midterm exam. The online section is available to course participants approximately 1 month before the practical section is to begin. 

    The hybrid format works best for self-motivated individuals with good time management skills who have access to a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop and high-speed internet. This instructional format provides the opportunity for course participants to learn at their own speed, in their own space, at their own schedule. 

    Participants then apply knowledge and skills learned from their online WFR training to the 50-hour in-person section, which takes place mainly outdoors. This practical section consists of drills, skill stations, scenarios, and discussions with the same instructor team that supports the online section. 

Throughout each program, you'll engage in hands-on learning experiences, practical exercises, and classroom instruction to develop a deep understanding of the principles and techniques required for your chosen certification. You'll learn essential skills such as risk management, safety protocols, equipment handling, emergency response, and environmental stewardship. Our curriculum is carefully designed to meet industry standards and equip you with the knowledge and proficiency needed to excel in outdoor environments.

Courses are offered throughout each quarter and can accommodate individuals of all experience levels. Whether you're a beginner looking to start your outdoor journey or an experienced adventurer seeking advanced certifications, we have courses tailored to your needs. Our program combines theoretical knowledge with immersive field experiences, allowing you to apply your skills in real-world scenarios and gain valuable practical expertise.



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Desert Mountain Medicine informs our wilderness first aid practice

Outdoor Leadership Lab

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  • Outdoor Leadership Lab

    Modality: In-Person / Online Options (2, 8-hour days at KMC or Lectures at Denver Campus) 

    Areas of Focus

    • Problem Solving and Decision Making in Risky Situations 
    • Understanding Group Dynamics 
    • Emotional Intelligence for Leaders 
    • Reflection and Mindfulness 
    • Situational Leadership 
    • Facilitation & Mentorship 
    • Outdoor Exp. Resume (portfolio) 

Leave No Trace

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  • Awareness Class

    A 2-hour class on Leave No Trace Ethics and applicable environments.

  • Trainer Course

    A 16-hour course designed to give facilitators the tools and teaching techniques to instruct their own Awareness Classes and become a leader for leaving no trace.

Obtaining certification through our program not only validates your proficiency in outdoor skills but also demonstrates your commitment to safety, professionalism, and ethical practices. It opens doors to new opportunities, such as employment in outdoor education, guiding, adventure tourism, or simply enriching your personal outdoor experiences.

Join us and embark on a transformative journey that will elevate your outdoor abilities and open up a world of possibilities. Take the first step toward becoming a certified outdoor enthusiast or professional by enrolling today. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way. Let's embark on this adventure together and unlock your full potential in the great outdoors!