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Awesome Affiliates

Learning and working in the wilderness is a way of life in YHC’s OL program, and memberships with professional organizations and associations are critical to our success. Young Harris College’s outdoor leadership program has memberships with the following professional organizations and associations:

American Canoe Association    

The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a member based, national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition and recreation.   

American Mountain Guides Association               

The AMGA inspires an exceptional client experience as the premier source for training, credentials, resource stewardship and services for professional mountain guides and climbing instructors in the United States.

Association of Experiential Education     

The Association for Experiential Education (AEE) is a nonprofit, professional membership association dedicated to experiential education and the students, educators and practitioners who utilize its philosophy.

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education            

The mission of the Association is to provide opportunities for professionals and students in the field of outdoor recreation and education to exchange information, promote the preservation and conservation of the natural environment, and address issues common to college, university, community, military, and other not-for-profit outdoor recreation and education programs.

Leave No Trace

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. As the leading educator of outdoor ethics, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics will grow a nation of outdoor advocates to put the Leave No Trace principles into action.

Wilderness Education Association          

The mission of the WEA is to promote the professionalism of outdoor leadership through establishment of national standards, curriculum design, implementation, advocacy, and research driven initiatives.