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Wilderness Therapy Programs in the United States

The following is a list of all wilderness therapy programs located in the United States. Selected columns can be sorted alphabetically by program name, state, gender, year opened, and parent company. Notes, if available, are provided for other pertinent information about each program. The red marker in the Maps column opens a link to the selected program's location in Google Maps in a new tab or window.

Key: NATSAP - National Association of Schools and Programs NATWC - National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camping OBHIC - Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Industry Council OBHRC - Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Cooperative AEE - Association for Experiential Education

Program Name City State Student Ages Gender(s) Year
Opened
Parent
Company
Memberships and
Certifications
Notes Map
Adirondack Leadership Expeditions Saranac Lake NY Adolescents 13–17

Boys

Girls

2003 Aspen Education Group (AEG)

NATSAP (Full Member)

Single gender and co-ed groups

Links: AEG on Wikipedia

Adirondack Leadership Expeditions location in Google Maps
Aspiro Mount Pleasant UT

Adolescents 13–17

Young Adults 18–28

Boys

Girls

2005 Aspiro Programs NATSAP (Full Member)
NATWC
ACCT

Catherine Freer Albany OR 13 to 18 Coeducational 1988 -- NATSAP (Full Member)
OBHIC
OBHRC
AEE
Legacy Outdoor Adventures Loa UT 13 – 18 Coeducational 2011 Independent

Formerly Aspen Achievement Academy, which closed in 2011.

Open Sky Durango CO Adolescents 13 to 17, Adults 18 - 28 Adolescent single sex groups, Adult co-ed group 2005 --

NATSAP (Full Member)

OBHIC
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions Lehi UT 13 to 17 Coeducational - Single gender groups 2001 Aspen Education Group (AEG)

NATSAP (Full Member)

RedCliff Ascent Enterprise UT 13 to 17, 18 -24 Coeducational & single gender groups 1993 --

NATSAP (Full Member)

NATWC
OBHIC
SeaChange Hawaii Kaneohe HI 14 - 17 Coeducational 2010 --

NATSAP (Full Member)

Association of Experiential Education
American Sail Training Association
Hawaii Youth Services Network
National Network for Youth
Independent Small Programs Alliance
Second Nature Cascades Bend OR 13 - 18 Coeducational 2005 --

NATSAP (Full Member)

The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Industry Council (OBHIC)
Second Nature Uintas Duchesne UT 13 to 17 Coeducational 1998 --

NATSAP (Full Member)

Summit Achievement Stow ME 13 to 19 Coeducational 1996 --

NATSAP (Full Member)

OBHIC
AEE
SUWS Old Fort NC 10 to 17 Coeducational; Single Gender Groups 2000 --

NATSAP (Full Member)

AEE
NATWC
OBHIC
SUWS of the Carolinas Shoshone ID 11 to 17 Coeducational; Single Gender Groups 1981 --

NATSAP (Full Member)

AEE
NATWC
OBHIC
The Journey West Provo UT 13 to 25 Coeducational 2003 --

NATSAP (Full Member)

Trails Carolina Lake Toxaway NC 10-13 and 13-17 Coeducational 2008 --

NATSAP (Full Member)

AEE
True North Wilderness Program Waitsfield VT 14 to 17 Coeducational (single-gender groups) 2005 --

NATSAP (Full Member)

Wilderness Treatment Center Marion MT 14 to 24 Boys Only 1983 --

NATSAP (Full Member)

NAADAC
WinGate Kanab UT 13 to 17 and 18 to 26 young adults Single Gender Groups 2008 -- NATSAP (Associate Member)

✎ Last updated: March 2012

About This Page

This page was created to provide a concise and organized index of wilderness therapy programs in the United States. It is not associated with any corporate entity, industry association, or activist group. It was put together by Shawn Young, who formerly worked as a wilderness program counselor. If you have further information that would be helpful to readers of this list, please contact shawn@shawnyoung.com. Feedback is also welcome.

The image at the top of the page is a photograph of the western slope of the Henry Mountains in Southern Utah. It was taken by Shawn Young in January 2007.