Every other week, students from Career Ventures volunteer their time and talent to make an impact at Wilderness Inquiry. Career Ventures serves people who are Deaf, Deafblind, Hard-of-Hearing, Blind and Low Vision. The partnership between Wilderness Inquiry and Career Ventures is mutually beneficial, with students learning job-related skills while providing amazing work that contributes to fulfilling WI’s mission.
News & Notes
Wilderness Inquiry is thrilled to welcome Beth Finch, John Butler, and Doug Martin as new board members. Our Board is an involved and experienced group of volunteers who are dedicated to carrying out WI’s mission. Beth, John, and Doug have been enthusiastically elected to join our team!
All introduced to WI in a unique way, our newly appointed board members bring a wide range of skills to Wilderness Inquiry’s leadership team and have a strong connection to our mission of discovering common ground through inclusive outdoor adventures. (more…)
Wilderness Inquiry’s winter Boundary Waters trip with Ka Joog, a nonprofit that works with Somali youth, was recently featured in Minnesota Monthly Magazine. By Alexandra Baumhardt.
The world outside the 15-passenger van is blindingly white. Snow blankets the forest floor, the white pine and birch trees, and falls from a phosphorescently bright, white sky.
Inside, 11-year-old Saed Mohamed of Minneapolis presses his nose against the window. “How’d you know there’d be snow up here?” he asks the twentysomething wilderness guide at the wheel. Somewhat apprehensively, Saed zips his coat up to his chin and pulls his hat over his ears. Though he’s grown up in Minnesota, this is totally new territory for him. (more…)
We are saddened by the loss of long-time Wilderness Inquiry adventurer Sarah Hale. We sincerely admire her determination in the face of disease and her commitment to helping others with ataxia through her work with the National Ataxia Foundation. With permission, we’re posting an abridged version of her memorial written by her sister.
By: Helena Mbele-Mbong
This is a tribute to my sister, Sarah Elizabeth Hale, who died of complications due to ataxia in December 2016, aged 67. It is also a tribute to the National Ataxia Foundation and to Wilderness Inquiry, both of which made a significant contribution to the quality of her life in her last eight years. (more…)
By: Lacey Kraft, Friends of Ngong Road
Wilderness Inquiry and Friends of Ngong Road are hosting a Kenya safari and service trip March 11-19! If you’re looking to travel with purpose and experience one of Africa’s most renown countries, this is the trip for you.
So why travel to Kenya with Friends of Ngong Road and Wilderness Inquiry? (more…)
By: Greg Lais, Executive Director
We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend Francine Murphy who passed away on January 5th, 2017. Francine’s story is a deep part of Wilderness Inquiry’s heritage and helped shape what our organization has become over the last 30 years. We will miss her deeply. (more…)
This article originally appeared in the United States Department of Agriculture’s blog by Leah Anderson.
A young girl looks fearfully at the large wooden canoe bobbing on the water. She steps into the canoe and it moves. She yelps, and is given a reassuring smile by her boat captain. She gets settled holding her paddle tightly, convinced with every movement that the canoe will capsize. (more…)
With your help, we shattered our 2016 service goals. This year alone, Wilderness Inquiry brought 36,233 people outside including 18,016 people of color and 3,235 people with disabilities through 565 adventures and events. This is a 10% increase in people served over 2015.
This column originally appeared in the Commission of Deaf, Deafblind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans Newsletter by Anne Sittner Anderson.
Wilderness Inquiry’s Associate Director Julie Storck and MNCDHH’s Communications Coordinator Anne Sittner Anderson sat down to discuss Wilderness Inquiry, an outdoor adventure program that prioritizes inclusion and has a history of working with people who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing. In fact, the first WI trip led by Executive Director Greg Lais included two individuals who were deaf.
Chef, cookbook author and food enthusiast Beth Dooley visited KARE11 News to discuss her favorite wild rice dish, as well as her favorite nonprofit to support on Give to the Max Day. Spoiler alert, it’s Wilderness Inquiry.
View Beth’s segment on KARE11’s website (Wilderness Inquiry mentioned at 1:50).
At Wilderness Inquiry, we have a lot of great stories to tell. One of the best ways we can do that is through photographs. As the media specialist at Wilderness Inquiry, I get to document participants’ journeys and see all of the photos our trail guides bring back from trips.
I get to see the beautiful places we travel to and the ways those places transform and change people. In photographing these trips, we can share these experiences with the world. Photos have the ability to capture and communicate not just what is pictured, but feelings, stories, and ultimately, the essence of the human experience. (more…)
Yesterday we had a special guest named Aimee Copeland come out to paddle with Canoemobile on the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta. We warn you in advance that this story may encourage you to do things that you didn’t think you could.
Aimee is an amazing young woman who garnered national attention a few years ago when a zip line accident occurred in a river near her friend’s house. While in the air, the zip line broke and Amy fell into the river where she received a deep gash in her leg. Unfortunately, the water harbored a flesh-eating bacteria which resulted in an amputation of her left leg up to her hip, and another amputation of her right leg below her knee. The doctors also had to eventually amputate both of her hands. (more…)
Wilderness Inquiry taught me to be a leader and I want to thank you for making that possible.
Seven years ago, I joined WI through the youth leadership program. Since then, I’ve been on dozens of trips, and last summer I arranged a Boundary Waters trip for my roommate and friends. Now I volunteer weekly at Wilderness Inquiry and do a variety of tasks. Here I am filling spice bottles for tasty trail meals. (more…)
Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile visited Rochester for the first time this year in a statewide push to connect more kids in Greater Minnesota to their local waterways and public lands.
With the help of Minnesota’s Legacy Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and Rochester Public Schools’ Riverside Elementary principal, Matt Ruzek, this fall’s Canoemobile program on the Zumbro River will be the first of a series of Wilderness Inquiry (WI) experiences for the 240 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. (more…)