About Landmark Learning

Landmark Learning’s mission is to be the leading resource in education and training for the outdoor community, advancing national standards through a network of professional educators, researchers, and certification specialists.

The Landmark Difference

We believe:

  1. That we have a social responsibility for sustainable outdoor resources. All programs offered through Landmark reflect appropriate use of outdoor spaces and are committed to sustainable outdoor experiences.
  2. In the dynamic nature of the outdoor community. It is ever-changing, as are standards in risk management and program operations. All programs offered through Landmark must commit to evolving standards. The certification specialists we represent are at the forefront of reviewing, creating and imparting these standards.
  3. That our programs are as good as our educators. We are the instructors of instructors, and all Landmark faculty are highly skilled both in their area/s of expertise and as educators in a classroom setting.
  4. Our programs are a launch pad. Nothing beats sound judgment, which can only be acquired through experience – our programs arm participants with the tools necessary to go out and gain that experience.
  5. In an open learning environment. Fun instructors, exciting and diverse teaching methodologies, realistic practical exercises, and research-founded curricula create the results: quality and consistency between programs, high program success rates, and high knowledge and skills retention in our students.


What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a process that ensures educational practices are acceptable, typically meaning that they are competent to qualify students, behave ethically and employ suitable quality assurance throughout all school departments and functions.

Landmark initiated its accreditation process in 2011 by selecting the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) as its accrediting body. They fit what we do and we were seeking national accreditation and recognition as a school of higher education by the US Department of Education. In all, we were seeking to provide better services to our global student body.


ACCET was founded in 1974 for the purpose of improving continuing education and training and has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1978 as a "reliable authority" as to the quality of education and training provided by the institutions we accredit. In 1998, ACCET became the only recognized accrediting agency to be certified as an ISO 9001:2008-Quality Management System, under the international standards established by the International Organization for Standardization, and continues to hold that unique status.

Please visit ACCET.org for more information about the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, the benefits of accreditation, and the accreditation process.

The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
1722 N St NW, Washington DC, 20036
Phone: (202) 955-1113 Fax: (202) 955-1118

Steward Forest

The property that Landmark Learning occupies has been designated with a Steward Forest plan in efforts to enhance its land health and promote ecological studies in our area. Naturalists agree that the rich biological diversity makes this one of the best regions in the world for outdoor research.

In the summer of 2000 the newly purchased property was explored as an internship project by a student from Penn State. The boundary line was rediscovered and marked, and the study for its Forest designation began. A number of Foresters were consulted to evaluate the health of the land and its potential future uses. When we met one who said "not good for timbering" we asked him to elaborate and design a 20-year plan for our land management, and forest habitat and health enhancement. The Landmark Steward Forest was designated in 2001.

Landmark now has the beginnings of an extensive trail system in place. The devastation of the southern pine beetle (2004) and our subsequent tree felling has enhanced the ground cover and soil. Brush piles built from the piney boughs are protection for our wild birds and ground animals. We are home to the myriad beasties, crawlies, and things that swim and fly that are endemic to the Great Smoky Mountains. Be sure to travel at night with a headlamp! For more information on wildlife in the Smokies, click here.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Landmark Learning, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. View our complete Equal Opportunity Policy.

USDA Forest Service Nondiscrimination Statement

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Bldg, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.