November 2014

Landmark Learning is proud to be associated with "Lifeguards Without Borders" and the education on drowning prevention and management they provide throughout the world!  Check out this article!

Veterans and military families! Through USC Title 38 the GI Bill can be used at Landmark Learning courses!

As of July 17, 2014, Veterans are able to designate their GI Bill funds toward course costs and living expenses at Landmark Learning courses in the state of North Carolina. Course eligibility includes:

  • NCOEMS EMT Intensive
  • WMI Wilderness First Responder
  • WMI Wilderness EMT (3+1)
  • The Landmark Outdoor Educator Semester

For complete details and requirements, download the VA Student Inquiry Form

Download your copy of the 2017 Course Catalog



I got to run off to Laramie, Wyoming to instruct a Leave No Trace Master Educator course with fellow instructor Priscilla Hunt. Six folks that were a great bunch of students from Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries  joined us in Vedauwoo, outside of Laramie for the field portion of the course. November brought some brutal living and teaching conditions with snow on our first night and high winds throughout most of the course; our experienced students toughed it out and taught us a thing or two.  We finished the course setting up a booth at the University of Wyoming and hung out with students eager to learn a little about Leave No Trace. Priscilla and I had a great trip and are eager to go back and see what SROM is up to in the future. Since they are one of the newest LNT Master Educator providers, I have a feeling they'll be doing big things!!



The 22nd Annual Adventure Education Conference was held on Friday, November 7th 2014 at Brevard College.  Area college outdoor education programs and members of the public were in attendance for what has become a fall tradition in the regional outdoor community.  Several local outdoor companies ranging from camps & adventure programs to outdoor retailers and educational organizations - including Landmark Learning - set up exhibitor booths.  Over 15 outdoor professionals provided interactive presentations on a range of topics related to outdoor education.  Landmark Learning faculty Jon Lowrance presented on “Making the Call: Decision Making in Emergencies.”  This talked pulled from content found in courses offered at Landmark including Swiftwater Rescue, our Emergency Medical Technician course and NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses as well as theory and published literature on decision making in emergencies.  “It’s crucial that outdoor guides develop keen decision making capabilities,” Jon offers.  “Learning how to stay calm in an emergency and harness key leadership, teamwork and communication techniques can help outdoor guides provide critical interventions effectively for victims, patients and other members of a group during an emergency.”  Thanks to all the students, members of the public and colleagues in the outdoor industry who stopped by the Landmark booth and who helped put on this amazing conference!  We can’t wait to see y’all at next year’s Adventure Education Conference!

I was super pleased to travel to and present at the first inaugural Adventure Education Conference in Virginia!  Great attendance I must say too....over 75 folks at this first conference with representation from guide services, colleges and universities as well as camp professionals.  It is great for us to remember as Mark Wagstaff, Professor at Radford University put it, "We've got to get back to sharing and collaborating regionally in our field of Outdoor Education, this is where we came from and it's been since the 80's that we have held this kind of forum in Virginia!"  

As a presenter, I was able to share my 2014 Updates on Drowning Prevention and Management for Outdoor Trip Leaders. Thanks to those who attended and participated with my presentation. Get ready to mark your calendar for the 2015 AE Conference next November in Appomattox, Virginia - see you there!


Justin Padgett

A diverse group of medical professionals joined our brand new "fresh out of the box"  EMT students for a fun filled 5 day WMI Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals.  I really enjoy the enrichment that comes from the diversity of backgrounds in our student population in these courses.  Thank you all for your professionalism, sharing and readiness to manage the all disasters that Instructors Rob Barham and Justin Padgett created for your "Wilderness Medicine" pleasure.

The fifth annual Assault on BlackRock trail race has been set for Saturday, March 28, 2015! All proceeds from this race will go to the Community Table in Sylva, NC.  T-shirts are included with registration for the first 100 registrants, prizes will be awarded to top finishers, and anyone who completes the BlackRock 101 challenge will get a belt buckle.  Hikers are also encouraged to come out and see what Pinnacle Park has to offer and enjoy the beauty of western North Carolina.  The cost is $25 to pre-register and $30 on race day. To find out more about this race, check out the Assault on BlackRock Facebook page or visit the Community Table’s website.  You can also register online for the race here (there is a $3.25 service fee).  If you have any additional questions about the race, please email Assault on BlackRock Event Coordinator Brian Barwatt. Landmark Learning supports this incredible event that goes a long way to support the community of Sylva. We hope to see you at the top next March!