About Us

View from Train NEK's Outdoor Classroom

Train NEK offers SOLO-certifying Rural and Backcountry Medicine courses including Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, First Aid and CPR – helping outdoor professionals and rural enthusiasts alike more fully enjoy Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom outdoors. You can take courses at our outdoor classroom here in Peacham, or we can come to you.

Woman Secures a Backcountry Leg Splint

At Train NEK, we want as many people as possible to feel empowered and knowledgeable in responding to illness and injury in their rural and outdoor communities. All are welcome here. We offer no-cost, drop-in CPR refresher sessions at area farmer’s markets and have always let Northeast Kingdom residents audit any of our courses for free. We try to make your experience with us both fun and easy because, let’s face it, life can be hard.

Bucolic Peacham Vermont

We value the solace of nature, the power of empathy, and the creativity that stems from collaboration. We think the best humor comes from listening, the most fun comes through inclusiveness, and that good times require kicking back away from the screens now and then. We love the NEK because it is full of opportunities to do just that, through community events, outdoor vistas, artistic venues, microbreweries, bookstores, mountain bike trails, and so much more. There’s no place like home!

Train NEK was founded by Andrea Kane, Lead SOLO Instructor since 1999, to provide engaging instruction, personalized attention, and local convenience while promoting responsible use of our natural resources and collaborating with others in and around the Northeast Kingdom’s outdoor industry.

Contact Us

Web: trainnek.com

Text or Call: 802-522-0769

Email: Info at TrainNEK dot com

Mailing Address: PO Box 132, Peacham, VT 05862-0132

Courses are held at our outdoor classroom in Peacham, Vermont and at host sites around the state.

Instructor Bios

Andrea Kane Teaching WFA Students

Andrea Kane

Andrea grew up in Sutton, Vermont three miles from Lake Willoughby and has been involved in emergency response for over two decades, from Wilderness First Responder to Emergency Medical Technician to Advanced Wilderness EMT, earning numerous certifications including Pediatric Emergency Prehospital Provider, Prehospital Trauma Life Support, and Ice Rescue Technician. She was Crew Chief and Training Coordinator for Vergennes Rescue, served on the UVM Medical Center’s ED Quality Improvement Team, and provided emergency relief around Vermont following Tropical Storm Irene and in Texas following Hurricane Ike. Since 1999, she has been a Lead Instructor at the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine teaching individuals how to respond to emergencies with limited resources. For four years as an Advanced EMT, Andrea taught EMTs through UVM’s Initiative for Rural EMS including Middlebury College‚Äôs intensive three-week-long EMT courses. She was Director of Outdoor Pursuits at Simon’s Rock College, ran the UVM Adventure Ropes Course, built and paddled kayaks with youth at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and helped develop and directed the Northlands Job Corps Leadership Program. She is passionate about encouraging stewardship of our natural resources, access for all to outdoor pursuits, and prepared, informed enjoyment of the outdoors. Andrea lives in Peacham with her partner and two children, where she is a Corporator for Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, a member of Sterling College’s Medical Advisory Board, a member of the Green Mountain Club’s Northeast Kingdom Division, and a volunteer with the Peacham Volunteer Fire Department.