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Wilderness Inquiry

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Environment
  • People with Disabilities
  • Race & Ethnicity


808 14th Avenue SEMinneapolis, MN 55414 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Through wilderness adventure, Wilderness Inquiry provides opportunities that integrate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities in experiences that inspire personal growth and enhance awareness of the natural environment. The underlying purpose of Wilderness Inquiry is to provide positive experiences that reduce stereotypes and empower people to push their perceived limitations.


Since 1978, Wilderness Inquiry has brought people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities together in outdoor adventure. Nearly 100 integrated wilderness trips are offered worldwide each year, from kayak tours in British Columbia and Costa Rica to dogsledding in northern Minnesota. A typical Wilderness Inquiry trip includes approximately 10 people: two trip leaders, four to six people with disabilities, one or two people using wheelchairs, and two to three people who have sensory, cognitive, or other disabilities. Participants range in age from two to 91, and children under 18 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Family trips are also available. Wilderness Inquiry also offers a variety of year-round adventures throughout North America and abroad. Participants can canoe, kayak, hike, ride packhorses, ski, snowshoe or even dogsled in pristine wilderness areas located in places such as Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Alaska, Utah, and British Columbia. For even more adventurous travel, Wilderness Inquiry leads kayaking expeditions in Australia and Costa Rica. All trips offer enhancing scenery, the possibility of seeing native wildlife and the chance to meet new people.


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