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We are excited that you want to be a member of the Wilderness Education Association and if you are a returning member, thank you for your continued support.

Since 1977, the association has pursued the vision of developing an educational organization that would train leaders in the skills and good judgment necessary to lead and teach the public in the proper use of wilderness areas. The WEA exists to put practitioners and laypersons together based on this shared passion and for the purpose of equipping outdoor leaders for their work. The WEA network spans across 45 countries and a variety of different professions within the outdoor industry. To support the WEA at this time is to invest in the future of outdoor leadership as an industry, as a profession, and as a catalyst for the stewardship of the use of wilderness for educational and recreational purposes.


For Individuals:

Associate ($25/year)

Many students, retired friends, and supporters of the WEA begin or maintain their involvement with the WEA at this level. As an Associate member, you can learn about the WEA, contribute to committee work and explore progression through the levels by attending workshops, participating in a course, or embarking on the path to become a Certified Outdoor Educator.

Professional ($100/year)

For full- or part-time professionals working on outdoor leadership in recreation, education, or therapy settings. Students and participants who have completed a Certified Outdoor Leader (COL) assessment or are currently working towards the Certified Outdoor Educator credential.

Lifetime ($1000 once)

Those who either anticipate a long career in outdoor leadership education or who want to pledge support to the WEA can purchase this membership.

For Organizations:

Organizational Member ($250/year)

Organizational members are organizations that currently are or plan to host Outdoor Leadership Training Courses (OLTC) or are a WEA accrediting organization. Organizational members can host an Outdoor Leadership Training Course provided their Host Application is approved and they sign the WEA Outdoor Leadership Training Course Agreement. If you are an accredited organization, the organization must also pay the 'accredited organization fee' in the add-on section below.


Accreditation Fee ($400/year)

Organizational Members who have sought and achieved recognition as an Accredited Program pay an 'Accreditation Fee' annually. With this additional fee, Accredited Programs receive an Accredited Organization account in Foliotek and IROEL where the organization's accreditation files and updates are submitted and reviewed. Additionally, Accredited Programs receive an additional WEA Professional Membership for an associated practitioner.

IROEL Membership ($30/year)

The IROEL (International Registry of Outdoor Educators and Leaders) is a portfolio system that both tracks accomplishments as well as includes an option to create an outward-facing website-portfolio of information stored in your IROEL account. The WEA uses the Foliotek-based portfolios to review organizations' Accreditation applications and status as well as individuals' Certified Outdoor Educator applications and status.

After you select a membership level you will have an option to add a one-year membership with the IROEL on Foliotek for $30. NOTE: An IROEL account is included in the Professional membership. If you are new to the IROEL, the National Office will e-mail instructions to get started. If you are currently a member and want to add IROEL, you can do so on your renewal form or by calling the National Office 971.208.5751.

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Wilderness Education Association, Inc.
151 NC Highway 9, Ste B
Black Mountain, NC 28711

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