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Foxfire Wilderness LLC is a Licensed Training Company of Wilderness Medical Associates, a leading provider of wilderness and remote medical training. Foxfire Wilderness offers Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid courses in various places throughout the USA and internationally.

Foxfire Wilderness is committed to providing positive educational experiences to all who seek them. We strive to create positive learning environments and commit to welcoming people of all races, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, and socioeconomic statuses. Our instructors are selected for their ability to support all of their students with humility and professionalism.

"Owens is an absolutely amazing instructor and individual. She was very patient in teaching us concepts, shared anecdotes to help us remember the key elements, and is clearly extremely qualified to teach. Owens facilitated a safe, empathetic, and fun classroom environment. Her disposition and humor are unmatched. I learned a lot in this course through drills and lectures, and came away with a significantly more confident approach to wilderness medicine."

Student in 5-Day WFR, 2023


Owens Strawinski

Owner & Lead Instructor

My goal is to teach high quality courses that prioritize my students' needs above all else. I work to create welcoming spaces in which students can feel safely challenged, find confidence in their skills, develop accurate self-assessment, and realize how they can help others. 


Owens (she/they) has worked in the outdoor industry for almost 10 years in a variety of roles. Most prominently as a commercial sea kayaking guide from Maine to Chilean Patagonia, and an instructor for Outward Bound in Washington teaching mountaineering, rock climbing, alpine backpacking, and sea kayaking. She has a background working in a clinical setting as a nursing assistant, but has gained much of her experience through hundreds of days in the field caring for others in a variety of conditions. Owens has worked in all types of conditions and environments - from the sandy beaches of Baja to the icy crevasses of Tahoma (Mount Rainier).

Owens is based in Colorado, but travels to provide instruction, adventures, and wilderness medical training nationally and internationally. 

Certifications and past trainings: 

  • AEGIS Crisis Prevention and De-escalation

  • Mental Health First Aid for Youth

  • Justice, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Trainings (Avarna Group, Justice Outside, and more)


  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

  • AAI Avalanche Pro 1, AIARE Instructor

  • BCU Sea Leader / 4-Star

Or check out what I am doing when I am not teaching wilderness medicine...
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