Why Choose an Accredited Program?

Choosing an adventure-based program that is reputable and the best fit for your goals is a difficult task. There are hundreds of organizations from which to choose. How can you know which programs meet or exceed industry standards for quality and risk management?

 There are many types of programs that utilize adventure education and these programs are designed to achieve a wide variety of outcomes  for their participants. These outcomes include, but are not limited to personal or professional growth, mental health, leadership, and  wilderness travel skills.

 Are you a parent looking for a reputable wilderness school or camp to send your son or daughter to this summer? Are you interested  in expanding your physical and emotional limits, learn leadership, and wilderness skills. Do you wish to receive college credit but  do not know which program you can trust? Are you an employer looking for an experience-based training and development  program to motivate your employees?

Programs that have gone through the AEE Accreditation process have distinguished themselves in the growing field of experiential education. During the accreditation review, programs must demonstrate compliance with the standards for adventure and outdoor behavior healthcare programs. AEE utilizes the most widely accepted and published standards in the field of adventure and experiential education. These standards have been reviewed and improved regularly for over 25 years. AEE accredits a wide variety of organizations including wilderness programs, colleges and university degree granting and recreational programs, K-12 school programs, outdoor behavioral healthcare programs, youth programs, and corporate training and team-building programs.

Attaining accredited status through the AEE Accreditation Program is evidence of an organization's commitment to quality,  adherence to widely recognized professional standards, and the allocation of resources toward continuous improvement.

AEE Accreditation: The independent stamp of approval you can trust.

"The Colorado Rocky Mountain School has completed five accreditation cycles and each time the process helps us be a better organization. We have appreciated the opportunities to take a thorough look at our practices and policies and to affirm we are executing best practices in the industry. The AEE accreditation gives our families reassurance that CRMS is operating to the highest standards in the outdoor industry. While the accreditation process is a significant undertaking, it is well worth the investment and takeaways.”  Diane Hackl – Director of Active Curriculum, Colorado Rocky Mountain School