North American Outdoor Institute to offer Be Wilderness Smart class April 23 in Sitka

Sitka Community Be Wilderness Smart Flyer

Do you enjoy getting out into the outdoors near Sitka for recreation? Then you should check out the Be Wilderness Smart class offered from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

This free, two-hour class is offered by the North American Outdoor Institute, based in Wasilla, Alaska. The course is geared for anybody who lives, plays and/or works in the wilderness or remote backcountry, and the goal is to reduce injuries, deaths and rescues in the backcountry. This class is free, but pre-registration is required by calling 1-907-376-2898 (Wasilla number), sending an email to, or going to and clicking the registration form.

More information about the class series, which will visit several locations around the state, is posted below:


Every year, there are thousands of people who venture into the vast wilderness of Alaska searching for fun and adventure, peace and solitude or just to enjoy the beauty. While most of these adventurers end their journeys with no issues, some are not so lucky.  We find that, sometimes, even the best of plans can go wrong.  Over the past several years, there has been a rise in the number of wilderness related injuries and deaths in the state of Alaska.  The Alaska Department of Public Safety is supporting the effort to change this fact by funding free wilderness safety awareness and education classes for the general public.

From Ketchikan to Fairbanks, Talkeetna to Seward, Anchorage to Sutton, you are sure to find a training program available in your community this winter provided by the professionals with the North America Outdoor Institute.

“We know people are going to recreate in areas that put them at risk,” said NAOI Education Director Dorothy Adler.  “We just want to provide them with information and skills to help them make good decisions about the way and places they recreate so they avoid injury or know what to do when or if things go wrong.”

According to Adler, the Be Wilderness Smart program is designed as a fun, interactive experience that gives participants an opportunity to learn and practice skills including wilderness first aid, fire and shelter building, navigation, knots and a myriad of other life saving wilderness skills.

“We have something for everyone,” said Adler. “Whether you’re just getting started or a long time veteran that wants to be challenged, we are here to help you find it.”

Courses include school, community awareness and half-day field training. Visit to view the schedule.

Classes fill up quickly and registration for all field programs is required. To schedule a program for your school or community, or to learn more, contact the North America Outdoor Institute at These programs are made possible with financial support from the Alaska Department of Public Safety, Division of Alaska State Troopers

For more information or to register, click on the links below.  Be sure to check back often as classes are being added as they are confirmed.

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