AFFINITY GROUP TRAVEL
Affinity Travel Opportunities with Wilderness Inquiry
At Wilderness Inquiry, we’re passionate about creating inclusive spaces no matter a person’s race, gender, or ability. We recognize that participation in outdoor recreation often feels unwelcome towards specific populations due to the discriminatory nature of societal institutions and systems, as well as financial, social, and personal barriers to access. These barriers particularly impact individuals who are Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC)*, folks who identify as LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and women. We believe that the power of community and shared experiences can bring about transformation and help dismantle inequitable systems. By expanding our collective sense of belonging in the outdoors, we seek to create opportunities and experiences where everyone can enjoy the holistic benefits of the outdoors safely, together.
*BIPOC: This term is used as an umbrella to describe folks who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We acknowledge that race and ethnicity are nuanced and recognize that racial identities are not limited to this term.
This program is deeply intentional about bringing together members of BIPOC communities across multicultural backgrounds to share in collective experiences in the outdoors. On these trips, you can confidently immerse yourself in the wonders of nature with fellow participants and passionate trip leaders who all identify as BIPOC. This program is designed to provide wilderness travel opportunities for folks with all levels of individual experience and ability.
- To protect the affinity space, all participants attending a family program must identify as BIPOC
- If you're interested in supporting getting BIPOC outdoors, you can donate to the Support BIPOC Outdoors! champion fund
See BIPOC trip destinations below:
LGBTQ+ affinity trips have been designed by and for LGBTQ+ individuals, including Wilderness Inquiry Outdoor Leaders. On these trips you'll experience the freedom to engage with nature on a deeper level among the safety and openness of the affinity space. Whether you're new to outdoor recreation or a seasoned adventurer, you'll feel welcome on this Wilderness Inquiry program.
- Family trips are open to all family members whether or not every family member identifies as LGBTQ+
- Adult trips are for LGBTQ+ identifying adults only
See LGBTQ+ trip destinations below:
Neurodiverse affinity trips are designed for people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities (Down Syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries) or otherwise identify as neurodiverse. These trips connect participants to nature, strengthen social inclusion, and support access to the health and wellness benefits of the outdoors. Participants are safely and respectfully supported by a team of staff and volunteers to facilitate a successful, immersive outdoor experience. Wilderness Inquiry is dedicated to supporting this program with co-leaders who identify as part of the neurodiverse community and are eager to share their passion and love for the outdoors.
- Families may register for the Neurodiverse family trips if:
- There is at least one family member who identifies as Neurodiverse
- The Neurodiverse adult trips are for Neurodiverse participants only
- caregivers/PCAs may also attend but it is not required
- Wilderness Inquiry will have volunteers providing additional support as needed
See Neurodiverse trip destinations below:
Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (DDBHH) trips are for DDBHH people who want to connect with the community and meet other DDBHH people! These affinity trips provide full access to American Sign Language (ASL) and a safe space for DDBHH people to express themselves. Trips are led by individuals who identify as DDBHH and/or communicate in ASL. Traveling with Wilderness Inquiry is an excellent opportunity to share your experiences and learn outdoor skills in an inclusive affinity space.
- Families may register for the DDBHH family trips if:
- There is at least one DDBHH family member
- All family members know ASL
- The DDBHH adult trips are for DDBHH participants only
See DDBHH trip destinations below:
Women's trips are designed to introduce and deepen the unique and meaningful benefits of time spent in nature within a safe space inclusive of all women. Whether you are looking for a camping trip or a lodge-based retreat, refresh your perspective, learn new skills, and create new bonds in a shared outdoor experience. These trips are available to all adults who identify as women of all backgrounds and abilities.
See Women's trips destinations below:
2024 ASL Day on the River - SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 11:30 am - 5:00 pm - Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Gate)
Mark your calendar to join Wilderness Inquiry for our 4th Annual ASL Day on the River! Members and families of the Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and ASL users are invited to adventure in the heart of the Twin Cities. Explore the mighty Mississippi River up close and personal on a half-day guided canoe trip.
New to outdoor recreation?
You don’t have to be “outdoorsy” or a camping expert to travel with Wilderness Inquiry!
A deep knowledge of or experience in the outdoors is not necessary for any of our trips - we provide all the planning, gear, and food and pair you with an experienced guide who can help you learn the basics in a supportive environment.