June 2014

If you have never had an opportunity to look around the Landmark Learning Base, now is your chance! Click here to see a slideshow around Cane Creek and be sure to visit our website to check out our courses.

Here is a fun little video shared from Nolan Lavoie at the Woodberry School in Virgina.  Instructors Justin Padgett and Kevin Williams had some good times and lots of smiles at our early June 2014 SWR course with the Woodberry faculty! Thanks for the edits and go pro work Nolan!  Check it out here.


Here is a fun little video shared from Nolan Lavoie at the Woodberry School in Virgina.  Instructors Justin Padgett and Kevin Williams had some good times and lots of smiles at our early June 2014 SWR course with the Woodberry faculty! Thanks for the edits and go pro work Nolan!  Check it out here.


By George Jones, SBTDC-PTAC Counselor at Western Carolina University

How can you prepare to save lives in a variety of outdoor and wilderness settings?  You can go to Landmark Learning.

Landmark Learning is an outdoor training school based in Cullowhee, NC and offers professional development courses covering a variety of outdoor recreation and emergency medicine fields. Founded in 1996 by a pair of Western Carolina University students, Landmark Learning is the first outdoor training school in the United States to have earned a national education accreditation. Over 2,000 students per year take courses and Landmark employs over 30 people. Read the entire article published in the June Procurement Technical Assistance Center newletter about Landmark Learning here.


Instructors, Deane Hodde, Justin Doroshenko, Dan Payton, and Justin Padgett are pleased to annouce that we released a whole new batch of EMT students out into the world to make it a better place, or at least a more survivable place.  Students came from around the country as usual,  making our classroom well rounded and quite entertaining! Thank you all for your dedication to learn how to better care for others.  Please check out this slide show from one of our scenario days. 


Instructors Justin Padgett and Justin Doroshenko taught a Wilderness StarGuard® Instructor Training course here in Cullowhee.  Students learned how to keep their eyes and ears out for people in danger or in need of rescue.  During one of the mock rescues one of Landmark Semester students, Chad Romeo found he was tangled in fishing line, and discovered at the end of that line was a catfish in need of rescue. 

Broadstone and Appalachian State University

Broadstone parthers with Landmark Learning to offer certification courses
Wilderness Medicine Institute and Leave No Trace courses will be offered this fall

BOONE - University Recreation at Appalachian State University has partnered with Landmark Learning to expand education and training opportunities in the field of outdoor recreation and education.

Landmark Learning is an authorized Teaching Institute for the N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services and a provider for the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Medicine Institute. The company will offer medical and outdoor education certification courses beginning in September at University Recreation’s Broadstone facility. 

The medical courses to be offered are: Epinephrine Administration, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Responder Re-Certification. Additionally, Landmark is a provider for Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and will be offer Leave No Trace Trainer and Leave No Trace Master Educator courses.

University Recreation, a division in Appalachian’s Office of Student Development, operates Broadstone, which is a 35-acre property within located a short drive from the university in Valle Crucis. The university has owned the property since 1961, when the former summer boy’s camp, known as Camp Broadstone, was purchased from the camp’s operator who was a former a high school and university coach.

Broadstone provides recreational space for students and is a site for outdoor education training for students and the community through its alpine tower, group interaction course, high ropes course and other facilities.

Landmark Learning, based in Sylva, is a nationally recognized accredited teaching institute through the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). Owner Justin Padgett is an Appalachian alumnus and a past Camp Broadstone counselor.

The company also offers certification courses from the American Canoe Association and Starfish Aquatics Institute.
For more information regarding the 2014-2015 courses offered at Broadstone visit: http://op.appstate.edu/certifications--trainings

Katie Wall 
Outdoor Programs 
150 Bodenheimer Dr., Boone, N.C. 28608

Mairi Padgett 
Landmark Learning 
P.O. Box 1888, Cullowhee, N.C. 28723


It was a strong week two! Clinicals are rolling with real life situations that a week ago were only ideas, and stories we heard about in class.  We're tired, days and nights too short but time was managed and we grew as care givers.  Daily, our ability to recognize and perform skills improves, with a sole purpose of providing care that is expected and entrusted to us by our patients and their family.  We have another week to prepare for testing.  Bring it on!

Woodberry's outdoor education program is hosting Landmark Learning out of North Carolina for a two day swift water rescue course. Taught by industry leader Justin Padgett swift water rescue is the industry standard in learning river rescues and safety management in moving water.  The curriculum is developed by the American Canoe Association and requires 16 hours of instruction culminating in a mock scenario.  Huge kudos go out to the members of the WFS faculty who are willing to spend a couple days of the their summer learning these valuable skills. Check out all of the pictures from the course here.

Perfect weather in the mountains was the backdrop for our first week on the pathway to EMT. Lots of firsts for many of us. First real patient assessments, first full set of vital signs, first time learning to assist patients with their 

medications, and the first time setting foot in an EMS ambulance and working with EMS equipment. Wow, and so much more to come in week two!


Beth and Jason got to head down to Milledgeville, GA to get to teach for GCSU.  The WFR course was packed with action! The woods and challenge course around the Lake Laurel Outdoor Recreation Center served as a great playground for medical scenarios.  And in addition to some "WFR world" scenarios, we had plenty of real practice with tick bite and snake bite prevention with all the wildlife around lake laurel-and prevention makes the best WFR!  The class was amazing and Beth and Jason were glad to certify 21 more WFRs. Good luck everyone!