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Increase your confidence working with groups outdoors by preparing for the worst. The Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder course is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, scout leaders, camp counselors, traveling missionaries, and any other youth or outdoor worker. It not only offers hands-on training for dealing with bites, burns and other injuries, but also teaches participants how to manage conditions brought about from extreme temperatures and other outdoor emergencies.

Our Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder course is presented in partnership with the Roane State Community College Continuing Healthcare Education and meets the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services standards and National Registry standards for first responder training. Upon completion of this course, participants will be eligible for national testing, which must be completed separately at a certified testing center, and will also be qualified for listing on the national registry.

Certification lasts 2 years and may be renewed by attending our Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder Refresher.

Cost: $985
Registration includes instruction, food, and lodging in our dorm inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Required course materials must be purchased separately and obtained in advance.

Register Online

Financial Aid:
Financial aid for Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder is available through the Louise Barber Fund. To apply, send a letter along with your registration form stating how you will benefit from the course, why you need financial assistance, and the amount you are requesting. Please DO NOT send a check at this time. Special consideration is given to those who work with young people.

Send letters to:
Tremont Institute
9275 Tremont Road
Townsend, TN 37882

Already Registered? Check out the welcome letter for required reading, a tentative itinerary, and other essential details for your stay.

Important Information Regarding Programs During COVID-19

During this prolonged period of pandemic and isolation, our work of connecting people and nature has never felt more essential. We are making safety a top priority for visitors and staff — for the latest details about our COVID-19 response and policies, visit our COVID-19 updates page.


Cover photo by David Bryant.

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