“Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to sign up for your summer adventure,” according to Beth Dooley, Communications Director, for Wilderness Inquiry. “Enjoy the Boundary Waters, paddle the Mississippi River with Mark Twain, or take your family on a great family adventure. Wherever you want to go, Wilderness Inquiry has the right experience for you. Visit our website to view all of our trips.”
According to their website, “Wilderness Inquiry’s mission is to connect people from all walks of life to the natural world through shared outdoor adventures. Through the medium of outdoor adventure travel, we inspire personal growth, enhanced awareness of the environment and community integration. Our adventures encourage people to open themselves to new possibilities and opportunities.”
In addition, according to the information on their website Wilderness Inquiry, its staff, members and supporter created a program that is “Inclusive by nature.” Wilderness Inquiry is all about access, inclusion, and opportunity. We believe exploration of the natural world is a birthright we all share, and we act on that belief. We operate in a manner that facilitates full participation by everyone, including people who come from different physical, cultural, or socio-economic places. We believe in the power of community.
“Share the Adventure” is more than just a slogan for us. We welcome everyone to participate. In addition to the many adventures featured on this site, as a non-profit organization we also conduct programs that introduce people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to the outdoors in positive, life-changing ways.
Our programs provide opportunities for urban youth, families, and people with disabilities to discover and share the many benefits of outdoor experiences. Our founders realized long ago that the true beauty of the outdoors is that it helps us all discover our common humanity.
Our staff excels at fostering positive attitudes. We regularly receive comments like the following:
Wilderness Inquiry are forerunners in their philosophy of “inclusion” or what they sometimes refer to as “Universal Access To Outdoor Adventures.” Greg Lais , Executive Director and one of the founding members of (WI) recalls that “In an effort to demonstrate that anyone can enjoy the wilderness on its own terms, Greg and college pal Paul Schurke organized a trip to the Boundary Waters in 1977 that included two people who used wheelchairs and two people who are deaf. That trip opened new possibilities and changed the lives of everyone involved, including Greg and Paul”
Again, referring to their website “In 1974, Bill Simpson, Tom Rasmussen and Greg Lais took a group of 14-year-old students on a winter camping trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Bill and Tom had just completed a NOLS course at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) with Paul Petzoldt, and they were eager get students outdoors”. That first trip was based out of a property Bill, Tom, Greg and 14 others collectively owned, known as the Farm. They had a fantastic time, despite temperatures as cold as 40 degrees below zero. Bill and Tom started doing trips on a semi-regular basis with the Stillwater, Minnesota school district, where both of them taught. Greg, then a student at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, helped them out on a variety of summer and winter adventures. After a period of time the group started calling itself “Wilderness Inquiry,” to show that these experiences were oriented toward both wilderness and education.
At the present time (WI) offers 12 adventure trips in the United States and nine international expeditions. They arrange trips for Families, People with Disabilities, Specialty Trips Women's Trips and Trips for Nonprofits. They even offer Financial Aid.
For anyone interested in Wilderness Inquiry contact them at their website. http://www.wildernessinquiry.org/. or Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.