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Colorado Wilderness Herbal First Aid Certification (CSCH) – Fall 2024

Registration Ends October 3, 2024
Start Date: Oct 4
End Date: Oct 6
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 5:30 pm

4-Hour Wilderness Herbal First Aid Certification on-site in Lafayette, CO. The course will be taught by Sam & Suchil Coffman.

This is a 24 hour course taught over 3 days (8 hours per day) and includes both a conventional 16-Hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification through Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) as well as more than 8 hours of herbal first aid training.

Herbal First Aid information is integrated into the curriculum every day in order to create a holistic model of remote or post-disaster care that emphasizes the essentials of first aid care while also introducing fundamental plant-medicine concepts that apply to austere or post-disaster environments.

The tuition for this course includes:

Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care for Remote Locations. 3rd Edition, Jones & Bartlett Press

24-Hour WFA certification subjects include:

  • Primary and secondary survey
  • Extrication
  • Field expedient methods for moving a victim, basic knot/lashing concepts
  • Diagnosing and treating a wide variety of trauma and life
  • Threatening situations
  • Splinting & bandaging plus ankle and knee stabilization for walking
  • High altitude injuries, heat and cold injuries
  • Disease and infection
  • Snake and insect bites & stings
  • Shock
  • Head injuries
  • Water purification & fluid replacement
  • First Responder planning, building first aid kits and more

Herbal First Aid subjects include:

  • Fundamental herbal care concepts
  • The necessary shift in thinking
  • Wound Care and Infection Management using herbs
  • Injury, shock, pain and herbs
  • Respiratory herbal first response
  • Gastrointestinal herbal first response
  • Urinary herbal first response
  • Planning, preparing and administering herbs

Hands-on training and practice is emphasized very strongly throughout this 3-day intensive.

The certification testing for ECSI is both hands-on (done as teams) and a written test.

Wilderness first aid certification is provided by ECSI, which is created, endorsed and underwritten by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

A national ECSI certification card is issued which is valid for 2 years.

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Dates: October 4th – 6th, 2024.

Day 1: 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Day 2: 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Day 3: 9 AM – 3:00 PM

Prerequisites: none.

Lodging: There is no camping available at the campus, but there are local options for hotels, Hicamp, and Airbnb’s in the area.

Location: Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 424 E. Simpson Street, Lafayette, CO  80026. Supply list and other info will be emailed to all registered students before the course.

Please review our tuition policy here.

This course is limited to 30 students and registration is first come, first serve. Students ages 15-17 are welcome with a guardian in attendance.


** Tuition for this course is non-refundable and non-transferrable due to materials that will be purchased for each student. Cancellations will forfeit their tuition.


Regular Tuition: $325 (Processing fees apply)

Check/E-invoice/Venmo Discount: $325 (No processing fees)


Tuition includes spiral first aid field guide and certification materials.

Please pack a bag lunch and bring whatever foods you may need to keep you happy!

Portions of the course will be outdoors.