Following are the top colleges/universities for outdoor education programs:

Colorado Mountain College
- The College offers an Associate of Arts degree with emphasis in Outdoor Education. The program builds a solid foundation in communications and liberal arts combined with outdoor education leadership and technical skills.
- The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Backpacker magazine named Colorado Mountain College one of the “Top 5 Outdoor Colleges in America”.

Montreat College
- The B.S. in Outdoor Education degree provides a unique program of study combining the disciplines of Adventure Education and Environmental Education from a Christian worldview.
- The degree offers a strong emphasis in ecology, outdoor skills, and leadership training.
- Montreat College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Backpacker Magazine says, "Montreat College's Outdoor Education program is among the nation's premier backpacking programs".

Earlham College
- The Wilderness Program at Earlham College was started in 1971, which helps to promote the adventuresome spirit through safe, high quality experiential and outdoor education.
- As one of the oldest and most respected outdoor education programs in the nation, the Wilderness Program has a solid reputation for training outstanding outdoor leaders.
- Earlham College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Georgia College & State University
- The Department of Outdoor Education has established a continued tradition of offering excellent academic and service programs to serve students and practitioners who seek a career in wide range of professional settings.
- The outdoor education academic programs and the Outdoor Center at Georgia College are accredited by The Association for Experiential Education (AEE).

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