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How To Reserve Your Spot
1. Download, read, and complete the course paperwork:
Course paperwork is different for all certification courses we offer. Please refer to the specific certification web page and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the course paperwork specific to your course.
Payment in-full is required to reserve your spot in the course.
2. Mail completed course paperwork:
Mail course paperwork to: Valerie Kankiewicz, University Recreation, ASU Box 32081, Boone, NC 28608-2081
At this time we are only accepting on-line payments with a card. In order to complete your payment, please do the following:
- Go to apprec.appstate.edu
- Sign up or log-in. If you are a current Appalachian State University student, faculty, or staff you will be able to log-in using your App ID.
- Click on certifications, select your course, and follow the prompts.
- Be sure to also sign up for each night that you may need housing on-site.
- Complete payment. Current App State Students (Summer or Fall 2020) use Promo Code AppStateStudent to get the student rate.
- Cancellation and Refund Policy: If a course is canceled due to low enrollment, all funds paid are 100% refundable or transferable to another Wilderness Medicine Course hosted by UREC. Transfers must be made during the same academic year or the funds will be forfeited. If a participant cancels or does not show up to the first day of the course, 50% of the balance amount will be refunded to the participant, only if their spot in the course was filled. If a participant withdraws after the course has started, no refunds will be given.
You must complete payment to reserve your spot in a course.
Other Pertinent Information
If the course is currently full, you may join the waitlist. We may be able to open up more spaces as group gathering limits increase.
To participate in a Wilderness Medical Course at Appalachian State University, participants must be 18 years old on the first day of the course or a current Appalachian State University student.
Academic Course Credit
Appalachian State University's Recreation Management Department offers course credit for Wilderness First Responder.
Course credit is optional. Enrollment for this course can take place via AppalNet course registration. Payment for course may take place after AppalNet registration.
- 3.00 credits for Wilderness First Responder (RM3155)
Landmark Learning offers Wilderness First Responder, and Wilderness First Responder Re-Certification scholarship opportunities for all through it's non-profit organization, the Landmark Foundation.
Medical Course Preparation
Be sure to bring a copy of your current certifications (if applicable). Also, prepare ahead for your written and practical exams for Wilderness First Responder and Wildernes First Responder Re-Certification.
All courses will be held at Broadstone, except for Epinephrine Administration and CPR/AED, which will be held at the Student Recreation Center on the Appalachian State University campus. Broadstone's 35-acre property is located 10 minutes from the Appalachian State University campus.
Lodging is optional. Shared cabin space with bunkbeds is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Any overnight stay is $20/night and grants access to the kitchen appliances and indoor showers/bathrooms.
Travel to and from Broadstone
We are located at 1431 Broadstone Road, Banner Elk NC. If you plan to fly or take a bus to Broadstone, please do not make reservations prior to 30 days before the course. You will receive a course confirmation email at 30 days, letting you know if the course is committed or canceled due to enrollment; at that time you may make your travel reservations. Your other option is to coordinate a ride with another student. When planning your departure from Broadstone, keep in mind that your course does not officially end until 5:00 p.m. It is 2-hour drive from Broadstone to the Asheville airport and 2.5 hours to Charlotte. We suggest that you give yourself at least a 2.5 hours buffer for departing evening flights or plan to stay overnight in Asheville/Charlotte and leave the following morning.
No Car at Broadstone?
We frequently have students attend our courses from all over the country, meaning many lack a car while here on Broadstone. Broadstone is not a pedestrian community (no sidewalks and miles from town), so it’s easy to share a ride and expenses with other classmates to grocery stores, clinical sites, trailheads, or river areas, all of which are easily accessible near Broadstone.
Transportation During Course
In courses that require travel to backcountry, trailheads, or river sites, participants are responsible for transportation. We may arrange carpools to sites together as a class. At all times we attempt to find suitable parking options; however, Broadstone assumes no responsibility for vehicles left unattended.
Are not included on any course. However, multiple refrigerators, stoves, a microwave and a coffee pot are available for student use. We recommend that you provide your own lunch during courses to maximize your lunch break. Many people bring their own breakfast and lunch and hit the town for dinner.
Please leave your animal companions at home. Due to allergies, the comfort of other people in your course, and neighbor relations, it is inappropriate to bring them. If a pet is with you upon arrival, we will direct you toward a kennel for the duration of the course. If this is unacceptable, you will be withdrawn from the course and cancelation policies will apply.
Broadstone courses are designed with outdoor recreationalists and professionals in mind. There is no phone or computer available for personal use at Broadstone. We do request that cell phones be turned off during class hours. Cell phone reception can be quite spotty here in the mountains, but is usually reliable in town, just ten minutes away. Wireless access is available in the lodge.
Broadstone is also just ten minutes from downtown Boone and a variety of grocery stores, restaurants, and fast food places. Broadstone is located near some of the best trails for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. We are minutes from various rivers for kayaking, tubing or fly fishing. Onsite, we have river access for fishing (please bring your fishing license), and open space for walking/hiking. If you wish, come prepared to be active during your after-class free time. All recreational opportunities are at your own risk.