UWCA currently engages over 50 local and 150 national partner organizations including federal, state, municipal, corporate, universities, and non-profits. A broad, engaged consortium of cross-jurisdictional, interagency partners is the lynchpin of the UWCA’s growth and success.


The UWCA program is a collaboration of Wilderness Inquiry, the National Park Service, the Mississippi River Fund, and many other organizations.

Wilderness Inquiry: Since 1978 Wilderness Inquiry (WI) has served over 350,000 people on outdoor adventures throughout the world. A non-profit organization, WI’s mission is to engage people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in shared outdoor adventures.

The National Park Service: In 1988 Congress established the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA) to protect and enhance one of the greatest rivers of the world—the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi River Fund: The Mississippi River Fund’s 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.


There are many other partners in the UWCA program. Each partner provides a unique contribution to make the UWCA successful. For example, the Minneapolis Public Schools provide access to thousands of students to participate in the UWCA, St. Paul Parks and Recreation provides access to the Mississippi at Hidden Falls, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provides access to overnight camping at Ft. Snelling State Park. If you interested in partnering with us, please contact chad@wildernessinquiry.org or call 612-676-9400.

Below is a list of UWCA partners in alphabetical order.

In addition to the partners mentioned above, the UWCA enjoys wide-ranging support from our entire community, including many corporations, foundations, government agencies, and  individuals. Major Supporters of the UWCA Include:

  • Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
  • The Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Mississippi River Fund
  • Travelers
  • UCare
  • Health Partners
  • Target
  • Wells Fargo
  • TCF Bank
  • The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
  • The Bigelow Foundation
  • Vasque
  • Faegre Baker Daniels
  • The Langwater Foundation
  • The Hedberg Foundation
  • Carl & Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation
  • Riley Hayes
  • 3M Foundation
  • Peregrine
  • General Mills Foundation
  • David Winton Bell Foundation
  • Mortenson Construction
  • RBC Foundation
  • F.R. Bigelow Foundation
  • Greene Holcombe Fisher
  • Venture Bank
  • Exeter
  • Matrix Medical Network
  • Unilever Foundation
  • Associated Bank
  • Squam Lake Foundation
  • SmartWool Advocacy Fund

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