Partner Organizations

Wilderness Inquiry partners with many organizations from around the world to reach different audiences and bring the outdoors to people from all walks of life. Wilderness Inquiry subscribes to the “Collective Impact” model, working together with broad and diverse coalitions of groups and individuals to increase our effectiveness at what we do best–sharing the adventure with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

  • The Ann Bancroft Foundation is working to create a world where every girl has a chance to live her wild dream and reach her full potential. We've hosted the Ann Bancroft Foundation at our headquarters in Dinkytown for many years. Share the Dream!

  • We are proud members of the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce, home area of our Little Sand Bay Base Camp in the Apostle Islands.

  • Blue Vista Farm is an organic farm located in Bayfield, WI. Since 1990, they have planted six acres of blueberries, five acres of raspberries, two acres of flowers and over 1,500 apple trees. Their goal is to provide sustainably grown high quality fruits and a wholesome, beautiful setting for people to enjoy.

  • The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) has provided life changing outdoor learning experiences to people of all abilities, with a focus on those with special needs.

  • The mission of the City Parks Alliance is to engage and educate communities to support the creation, revitalization and sustainability of parks and green spaces within cities. Wilderness Inquiry is a proud member of the City Parks Alliance. Based in Washington, DC, we work with CPA to connect youth throughout the United States to their local parks.

  • CommonBond Communities is the Upper Midwest's largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing with onsite services. Wilderness Inquiry is proud to be a partner with CommonBond Communities.

  • The mission of Friends of Ngong Road is to provide education and support for Nairobi children living in poverty whose families are affected by HIV/AIDS so they can transform their lives. WI partners with FNR to host volunteers and run a summer camp for kids in Kenya.

  • The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring the wilderness character of the BWCAW and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem. Wilderness Inquiry has long supported the Friends of the Boundary Waters. The struggle to preserve the BWCA is how we were started.

  • The Friends of the Chicago River are dedicated to restoring and protecting the Chicago River. Every year we do a BIG event with them-- races on the river with our 24' Voyageur Canoes.

  • The Friends of the Mississippi engages citizens to protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities region.

  • Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, ICI improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice. Wilderness Inquiry partners with ICI on many projects and ICI helps us evaluate the effectiveness of our programs.

  • Founded by WI trail staff Peter Nerothin, Insulindependence is a non-profit organization that works to change diabetic lives through adventure travel, education, and outreach. WI is proud to be a part of Insulindependence trips.

  • Ka Joog provides meaningful activities for Somali youth in Minnesota in order to build a strong support network for their future through. The organization provide positive outlets for their feelings and experiences through the arts–music, poetry, visual arts, drama, and other media.

  • MFT 59 represents teachers throughout the greater Minneapolis area, helping to organize our educators to do their jobs the best they can by protecting their rights to collectively bargain. WI partners with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers to provide opportunities for educators and their students in Minneapolis.

  • The #1 City Park System in the United States! The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board exists to provide places for all people to gather, celebrate, contemplate, and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community, and the environment. We work with MPRB on a host of projects and programs, from youth employment to paddling the Chain of Lakes.

  • We are proud to work with Minneapolis Public Schools to engage students in environmental learning with the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures program.

  • The MN Council of Nonprofits is the trade association for non-profit organizations throughout Minnesota. Wilderness Inquiry is proud to be a member.

  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is the agency that manages all fish, wildlife, and public lands in the State of Minnesota. Wilderness Inquiry has enjoyed a long partnership with the DNR on many, many projects and programs.

  • The Minnesota Environmental Fund serves to protect, conserve, and restore Minnesota’s beautiful environment. Wilderness Inquiry is proud to be a member of the Minnesota Environmental Fund.

  • Mississippi River Fund is founding partner in the UWCA program whose mission is to strengthen the enduring connection between people and the Mississippi River and build community support for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a National Park.

  • NCD is an independent federal agency that advised the President on policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. WI has been a partner with the NCD since the early 1990s when we completed a study on the use of Wilderness by and for persons with disabilities.

  • National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. Wilderness Inquiry has enjoyed a long partnership with the National MS Society. Mary Waring, sister of WI founder Greg Lais, has MS.

  • Wilderness Inquiry is proud to be a partner with the National Park Service on the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure Program and many other issues regarding access for everyone to our National Parks.

  • Northland College’s distinctive environmental liberal arts curriculum, passionate faculty, and beautiful natural location can help students achieve goals that are also shared by Wilderness Inquiry. Many of our best trail staff come from Northland College.

  • Our friends at the Northwest Canoe Company build our beautiful Voyageur canoes. More then that, they are totally committed to the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures program.

  • PPL’s mission is to work with lower-income individuals and families to achieve greater self-sufficiency through housing, employment training, support services, and education.

  • We are proud to be working with St. Paul Public Schools to enrich the lives of students through the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures program.

  • As the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization, the Sierra Club protects millions of acres of wilderness and works to preserve the environment for future generations. The Sierra Club and Wilderness Inquiry have cooperated for years--we used to share office space with the North Star Chapter.

  • Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Wilderness Inquiry is proud to be partners with Special Olympics Minnesota.

  • The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Wilderness Inquiry has been a long-time partner with The Nature Conservancy, conducting trips and other activities for various chapters.

  • The Wilderness Society works to protect America’s wildlands and inspire individuals to care for the environment. The Sierra Club and Wilderness Inquiry have cooperated for years--we used to share office space with the North Star Chapter.

  • Wilderness Inquiry enjoys a Memorandum of Understanding with most USDI agencies, including the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Bureau of Land Management.

  • The Forest Service works to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands for both present and future generations. The Forest Service has worked with Wilderness Inquiry for many years on issues of accessibility for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

  • Voyageurs National Park Association’s mission is to protect and promote the natural, recreational, and historic resources of Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. Wilderness Inquiry has been partnered with VNPA since the early 1980's when we shared office space together on Hennepin Avenue.

  • The Washington Canoe Club provides opportunities for children and adults to learn how to canoe and kayak.

Contact us if you would like to partner.