What is Wilderness Medicine Education?

Wilderness medicine courses teach critical thinking based skills that train you to handle situations from a blister on your foot to full-on traumatic or medical emergencies. The majority of your new knowledge is meant to be used anywhere, at any time.

At Barefoot Wild Med, you’ll also be trained in up to six special protocols, designed for use in a Wilderness Context.

Find Your Course

wilderness medicine Courses:

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)






Katie has a great energy and passion for her teaching. Well though out and organized use of in class and out of class learning has been one of the best education experiences I have been involved in. 

Jacob R. – WFR student


I don’t like giving all fives on these but I have zero complaints or suggestions. This class was incredibly well run and you made it so fun to learn and are such an interesting person and great to spend 8 days with.

Kiera M. – WFR Recert student


I’ve taken 8 + recert courses and Katie was one of my best instructors. I liked that she urged us to use common sense and think through things rather than just memorize the book.

Anonymous – WFR Recert student

About barefoot wild med

Barefoot Wild Med, LLC started in 2020 and is a licensed training company authorized to use curriculum developed by Wilderness Medical Associates International. When you take a course with Barefoot Wild Med, you can feel confident knowing you are getting the most current in best practices and evidence based research in wilderness medicine.

About Katie Woods

Katie Woods is owner and lead instructor for Barefoot Wild Med. Teaching is her passion and she has been using her wilderness medicine skills in various capacities for over 15 years.  She has been teaching wilderness medicine courses for WMAI since 2014.

Katie firmly believes that mistakes help you learn… therefore the best place to fail to save a life is during your wilderness medicine course—not after.



To provide wilderness medicine courses that are accessible to all persons and focus on explaining the “why” behind concepts so students can improve critical thinking and evaluation skills to make smarter and more confident decisions that can be supported using evidence and clear rationale.

Core Values

  • Learner Focused
  • Collaborative
  • Authentic
  • Respectful