INDUSTRY CONFERENCES

ASSOCIATION FOR CHALLENGE COURSE TECHNOLOGY: Founded in 1993, The Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) is the world’s leading and largest American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer focused specifically and solely on the challenge course industry. The Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) establishes and promotes the standard of care and measure of excellence that defines professional practice and effective challenge course programs. ACCT develops, refines, and publishes standards for Installing, maintaining, and managing challenge courses; provides forums for education and professional development; and advocates for the challenge course and adventure industry.

NORTHWEST CHALLENGE COURSE NETWORK: The Northwest Challenge Course Network is a collection of people who work with challenge courses and zip line canopy tours in a variety of capacities: builders, facilitators, guides, inspectors, operators, owners, students, teachers, and interested others. The annual Northwest Challenge Course Network Conference and business meeting typically take place the second weekend in November in the Pacific Northwest. Those new to the challenge course industry and others who have been around since time began are invited to share in community: sharing ideas, socializing, and networking.

ASSOCIATION FOR EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION: The Association for Experiential Education (AEE) exists to connect a global community of educators and practitioners and expand their capacity to enrich lives through Experiential Education. Experiential Education is typically defined as that in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their communities. Experiential educators include teachers, camp counselors, corporate team builders, therapists, challenge course practitioners, environmental educators, guides, instructors, coaches, mental health professionals . . . and the list goes on.