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News from North America Outdoor Institute, July 2013


This summer is proving to be one to remember. The incredible stretch of blue-bird days in June was reason to celebrate across Alaska and eager outdoor enthusiasts took the time to revel in the long days and unseasonable warmth. We hope you get out to enjoy!

Join NAOI for one of our many outdoor safety training programs before summer disappears!  We have lots of interactive, fun, and informative courses from Alaska Wild Plants, Wilderness Medicine, Youth Advanced Wilderness First Aid, a program just for women and much more.  Check out our full calendar for a program that interests you.

Wishing you happy and safe adventuring,

Dorothy Adler

Education Director

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Robert Shelton
Robert Shelton
All of us at NAOI want to recognize and thank our amazing volunteers. This month we are extending a HUGE thanks to Robert Shelton. Robert has volunteered countless hours to help NAOI convert to a new website, coming soon! Check it out! Thank you Robert! 

Thanks to Meadow Lakes Community Development Center for supporting wilderness safety programs in their community. Meadow Lakes has several summer safety programs coming including Little Explorers, Wilderness Medical, CPR/AED and more. Take advantage of these low-cost, sponsor supported programs this summer! Learn More
ASCF logo Thanks to generous support from the Arctic Slope Community Foundation, NAOI was able to visit two North Slope communities and present the NAOI Wilderness Safety Challenge. We look forward to more programs in the near future. 
The programs offered through NAOI would nt be possible without the generous support of our sponsors!  Click Here to Help  
Featured Courses and Programs
Alaska Wild Plants
Wilderness Medical
Youth Advanced Wilderness First Aid Training
Child and Babysitting Safety Course
Wild Women 2013
Safety Tip
Trail Reports
  Youth Advanced Wilderness First Aid Camp
July 8-12 (10a-4p)
 CPR/AED Training
July 16 (5:30p-8:30p)
Ages 8-11
July 18 (1p-5p)
Child & Babysitting Safety
July 22-23 (10-4p)
NAOI Headquarters Wasilla
July 24-25
Spring Creek Farm Palmer
Wild Women Workshops
August 8-10
Matanuska Valley
 Check out our full summer schedule at 
Be Summer Smart
July Alaska Wild and Medicinal Plants Schedule
Learn the edible and medicinal properties of Alaska's wild plants with Shelley Plumb. You'll find classes that  include identification and awareness walks plus workshops for making healing salves, tinctures, teas and more. 
Instructor Shelley Plumb is a lifelong Alaskan whose passion and dedication to Alaska plants is contagious.  Don't miss out on her weekly plant talks and walks, to be hosted in the Matanuska Valley. 


July 1st, 6-8p Hatcher Pass Register Now!
July 8th, 6-8p Matanuska Lake Trails  Register Now!
July 15th, 6-8p Hatcher Pass  Register Now!
July 22nd, 6-8p Matanuska Lake Trails  Register Now!
July 29th, 6-8p Hatcher Pass  Register Now!
Don't miss out on Shelley's two-day plant harvesting workshop, July 27-28.  
Wilderness Medical Programs
Contact our office today to schedule a Wilderness Medical Course for your group or organization. NAOI offers Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Afloat, Wilderness First Aid for Disaster Response, and Wilderness EMT courses.  National Certification through SOLO schools. 
Wilderness First Aid//WFR Refresher
July 24-25WFR 2012
Wilderness First Aid for Disaster Response
September 23-24
Wilderness First Aid/WFR Refresher
October 11-12
Wilderness First Responder
November 4-15th
NAOI also offers ASHI certified courses in CPR and Basic Wilderness First Aid:
CPR/AED Training
July 16
Basic Wilderness First Aid
August 3
    SOLO Wilderness Medical
WFA-Spring Creek FarmAmerican Safety and
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  Youth Advanced Wilderness First Aid Training
Wells Fargo Bank
The Youth Advanced Wilderness First Aid Training is the perfect course for students who aspire to work in a position of leadership in the outdoor setting or for those who desire a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions.
Thanks to generous support from Wells Fargo and Meadow Lakes Community Council, this 5 day training is only $100.00 per person.
 July 8-12, NAOI Office  Learn more or Register Today! 
Anchorage EPF  
Child & Babysitting Training   July 22-23
Child Care training
American Safety and Health
                                      Institute logo Do you want to earn money this summer caring for babies and children? Get nationally certified with the NAOI Child and Babysitting Safety course from American Heath and Safety Institute. 
This is a fast-paced, fun and educational program for anyone that is responsible for caring for children. 
Lots of hands-on activities. Includes CPR/AED certification. Cost is $200 per person.
July 22-23, 10a-4p - NAOI Office Wasilla
Wild Women Workshops  - August 8-10
Wild Women of Alaska
Wild women attending the Alaska Trails Conference 2011
Are you a woman that loves the outdoors but wants and or needs to improve your skills and knowledge? This program is for you. Designed by women for women, this is your chance to take the 'Becoming an Outdoors Woman' training and put your skills into action. Or get started on the path today!
Join NAOI and partners for a full menu of outdoor courses and workshops including glacier travel and crevasse rescue, Alaska wild plants, basic wilderness first aid, packing and planning for your adventures, and much more! 
This workshop includes a wide array of classes to choose from for all levels of outdoor women.  Join us for one day or all three.  Course will be held in Matanuska Valley and exact location will be determined soon.
Water Safety
Water covers nearly three quarters of our planet. Water sports are fun and an integral part of living and playing in Alaska but the water is COLD and learning to recreate safely on and around oceans, rivers and lakes is critical for survival.  Boating safety


Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children. And six out of ten children drown because they were not wearing a life preserver.


Make your summer boating adventures ones to remember, not a tragedy, always wear a life jacket. 

Trail Reports

Check out the NAOI  summer Trail report Thursday through Saturday on Movin 105.7. 


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Learn To Return
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Looking for advanced training for your company? Visit our partners at  LTR. They have released their summer scheduled. Course options range from Helicopter Underwater Egress, Confined Space, Wildlife Defense Training and much more.   
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