Let us know if you are interested in taking this course in the fall of 2024!

9am – 5pm | Ages 14+

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. This sixteen hour course focuses on basic skills necessary for responding to emergencies in the backcountry. We’ll cover response and assessment, survival skills, musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, environmental emergencies, and medical emergencies.

This is an incredible course for teens and adults, not only will you gain the skills you need to care for people in remote locations, you will also have a fantastic time learning!

Fun and fast-moving, there will be a mix of classroom sessions, practice sessions and outdoor scenarios. Check out some of North Star Adventure’s program reviews!

Instructor Nancy Zane has more than 25 years of experience working, teaching, and playing in remote environments with youth and adults. In addition to teaching emergency medicine and the EMT program at the Waldo County Tech Center she is the founder of North Star Adventures where she guides private and public expeditions, day trips, and offers SOLO certification in wilderness medicine.

Course includes: Materials for practice scenarios, WFA book, WFA map, 2 year certification and instruction. Optional CPR certification add on for $25.

There is space for camping on Friday and Saturday nights for those traveling from a distance.



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I had so much fun and learned a lot. The environment was easy going and friendly. I felt comfortable making mistakes and trying again until I felt more confident!

North Star Adventures founder Nancy Zane has been inspiring individuals, students, and teams through adventure for over 25 years.

She has worked with sports teams, corporate groups, women’s groups, school personnel and families to create experiences that foster personal growth, teamwork, and open communication.

Upcoming Skills Workshops:

Spring Tracking Weekend
Spring Tracking Weekend

Saturday, April 6th – Sunday, April 7th (Belfast area)

With Nate Harvey of A Tracker’s Trail

Learn to recognize tracks of mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates on your landscape, and to interpret animal movement and behavior. This explorative practice reveals a hidden world of wildlife sign, and develops the ability to find subtle evidence of animal presence. In short, this skill set facilitates knowledge on a remarkable variety of life in an ecosystem.

This intensive, highly educational process is globally recognized as an unparalleled tool for learning about local wildlife and landscapes while preserving and advancing tracking skill.

The Track and Sign Certification is a two-day practical field test that emphasizes open, honest dialogue and real learning. The tracks and sign of any and all species encountered in the field may be asked, whether big or small, clear or obscure. After participants give their answers, a dialogue ensues between the evaluator and participants to provide the opportunity for everyone involved to learn and for each of us to internalize the field marks used for identification. No prior training is required to participate.

  • You may want to bring note taking materials.
  • Dress for warmth and bring lunch + snacks.
  • We will be outside for the entirety of this workshop.
  • Exact meeting location TBA via email from Nate the day before we meet.

Approximately 8:30am-4pm (timing may vary)

Sliding Scale Tuition

The sliding scale tuition model is a type of fee structure that accounts for variability in assets, income, and expenses as an attempt to increase accessibility for people with less financial and/or class privilege. We recognize there are social, physical, and material barriers to accessing this type of programming as well. This model allows self selection of registration cost, please pay the actual cost of attendance if you do not experience difficulty meeting basic needs such as housing, food, and transportation.


The financial disparities that keep certain groups of people from having equal opportunities is particularly stark in the fields of environmental education, science, and conservation. Tracker Certification North America is committed to doing their best to ensure that more people who desire it may attend our programs and trainings. To this end, they have recently created a fund dedicated to helping make access to programs more possible, especially for these historically marginalized communities:

  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
  • LGBTQ+
  • Women
  • Low income groups/individuals

To apply for funds to attend the April weekend, fill out this this form before March 15th.


Shared accommodations in Swanville are available for up to 5 people. The sliding scale fee for accommodations is $75-$125 per person for the weekend.

There are also a number of local air bnb options:

$325.00$475.00 Select options