Together we share a passion for the outdoors. When you join the WEA, you are a part of a community committed to the development of professional outdoor leaders and educators. We support each other through standards, training, education, research, and discounts. 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 in the proper use of wilderness areas. 
The WEA network spans across 45 countries and through a variety of professions within the outdoor industry. To support the WEA is to invest in the future of outdoor leadership as an industry, as a profession, and as a catalyst for the stewardship of wilderness and outdoor spaces.

Join the WEA today through one of our tiered membership options!

thank you for your support and involvement, You belong here!

If economic hardship is preventing you from membership in the WEA please contact nationaloffice@weainfo.org.

Membership and Supporters

INDIVIDUALS

Professional: $150 annually/ $1500 lifetime/$15/mo.

For professionals working in outdoor leadership, recreation, education, or therapy settings. This level is the benchmark standard that provides added member benefits and annual voting privileges. This level of membership is required for the Certified Outdoor Leader (COL) / Certified Outdoor Educator (COE) credentials. 

Benefits

  • Access to Conference Proceedings
  • WEA Pro Deals 
  • Individual brand Pro Deals
  • Subscription discount to the online version of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL)
  • ICOL Registration Discount (20% for WEA Associates)
  • WEA Kitty Drury and Pete Peterson Scholarship Opportunities
  • Annual voting privileges
  • Ability to post on WEA Events Calendar
  • Ability to post on WEA Job Postings webpage

WEA Associate: $50 annually/$5/mo.

For students, friends, and supporters of the WEA. An Associate provides benefits and connection while furthering the WEA’s commitment to the development of professional outdoor leaders and the stewardship of wilderness and outdoor spaces. 

Benefits

  • Access to Conference Proceedings

  • WEA Pro Deals

  • Subscription discount to the online version of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL)

  • ICOL Registration Discount (10% for WEA Associates)

  • WEA Kitty Drury and Pete Peterson Scholarship Opportunities

Individual Membership Benefits Chart

 Associate Member

Professional Member

Cost (USD)

$50/year

$150/year or $1500 once

Access to Conference Proceedings

YES

YES

Access to WEA Pro Deals

YES

YES

Subscription discount to the online version of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation Education and Leadership (JOREL)

YES

YES

WEA Kitty Drury and Pete Peterson Scholarships Opportunities

YES

YES

ICOL Registration Discount

10%

20%

Annual voting privileges


YES

Access to individual brand Pro Deals


YES

Ability to post on WEA Events Calendar


YES

Ability to post on WEA Job Board Page


YES


    Organization/Industry

    Organizational Member: $300 annually/ $30/mo.

    For organizations, schools, outfitters, guide services, and outdoor recreation providers that:

    • Host WEA training and credentialing programs
    • Are WEA accredited 
    • Provide WEA 6 + 1 Educational clinics

    Benefits: 

    • Access to Conference Proceedings
    • WEA Pro Deals 
    • Individual brand Pro Deals
    • Subscription discount to the online version of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL)
    • ICOL Registration Discount (10% -applies to all faculty/staff/students)
    • WEA Kitty Drury and Pete Peterson Scholarship Opportunities
    • Annual voting privileges
    • Ability to post on WEA Events Calendar
    • Ability to post on WEA Job Postings webpage
    • Includes 2 Professional Memberships (valued at $300 USD)
    • Option to add additional Professional Memberships at a discounted rate of $100/each

    Industry Partner: $500/$750/$1000/$2500/$5000

    For non-profit, for profit, associations or organizations that provide products or services. With the support of our partners, we provide training, scholarships and focus on many other WEA initiatives. The WEA is always seeking dedicated organizations, brands, and influencers to advance the professionalism of outdoor leaders (does not include the ability to host WEA courses.) Choose the level of commitment that makes the most financial sense for your organization.

    Benefits: 

    • ICOL Vendor Booth Discount (20%-100% depending on member level)
    • Ability to post on WEA Events Calendar
    • Ability to post on WEA Job Postings webpage
    • Exposure on WEA website
    • Newsletter highlights
    • More...

    Join as an Industry Partner!


    Wilderness Fellowship

    The Wilderness Fellowships brings together key donors with exclusive benefits and recognition. The Wilderness Fellowship supports key operations and allows the association flexibility in furthering the mission of advancing professionalism of outdoor leaders. This program recognizes our most generous donors. 

    Shining Rock Wilderness Fellowship: $1,000

    Benefits: 

    • One year Professional Membership 

    • Exclusive WEA Fellowship gear 

    • Exposure on WEA website

    • Invitation to Annual Benefit Dinner

    Isle Royale Wilderness Fellowship: $2,500

    Benefits: 

    • All the benefits of Shining Rock Wilderness Fellowship, plus:

    • One 1-year gift WEA Associate to share with friends and family

    Joshua Tree Wilderness Fellowship: $5,000

    Benefits

    • All the benefits of Isle Royale Wilderness Fellowship, plus:

    • Two 1-year gift WEA Associate to share with friends and family

    Teton Wilderness Fellowship: $10,000

    Benefits

    • All the benefits of Joshua Tree Wilderness Fellowship, plus:

    • Four 1-year gift WEA Associate to share with friends and family


    Join the Wilderness Fellowship!



    Wilderness Education Association, Inc.
    151 NC Highway 9, Ste B
    Black Mountain, NC 28711
    971.208.5751
    nationaloffice@weainfo.org

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    Black Mountain, NC, is located on the ancestral lands of the ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), & Catawba Nations.


    Driggs, Idaho - launch site of the first WEA courses - is located on the ancestral lands of the Shoshone, Bannock, Blackfoot, Crow, Flathead, Gros Ventre, Nez Perce and other peoples.



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