Wendy Placko, Director of Sales & Video Team Lead at Neuger, went on the Apostle Island kayaking trip this past August. Journey with Wendy as she reflects on her five-day adventure at Sand Bay and the surrounding islands on Lake Superior. I’d known of Wilderness Inquiry for maybe two years because the company I work… [Read more] Kayaking the Apostle Islands – an Adventure with Wendy Placko
News & Notes
New leader will guide Wilderness Inquiry through a strategic planning process and further the organization’s mission and commitment to ensuring that everyone belongs in the outdoors. Wilderness Inquiry is excited to announce the selection of a new executive director! Erika Rivers will begin serving in this leadership position on November 30, 2021. With nearly two… [Read more] Wilderness Inquiry Welcomes New Executive Director, Erika Rivers!
For many students classroom learning, and even more so, virtual learning can be a struggle. There are many different reasons for this, however, Wilderness Inquiry’s Credit Academy in partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) offers an attractive experiential learning solution. In efforts to assist and incentivize Minnesota youth to stay on track to graduate, this… [Read more] Place-based Credit Recovery: Closing the Opportunity Gap in Partnership with MPS
Wilderness Inquiry hosted its first American Sign Language (ASL) Day on the River where families and friends of the Deaf and DeafBlind community were invited to have an adventure and paddle together. This event was a wonderful opportunity to connect members of the community to each other and the outdoors through shared language and culture.… [Read more] ASL Day on the River
At Wilderness Inquiry we’re always looking for more ways to connect families and youth to the outdoors. In an effort to expand outdoor access, we partnered with Tickets for Kids – a non-profit that provides free access for low-income and at-risk youth to attend cultural and educational events in their communities. Through partnerships with youth-serving… [Read more] Growing Partnership – Summer Adventures with Tickets for Kids
Over the course of the past year and a half, students, teachers, and schools have dealt with unprecedented circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic; school closures, loss of school-based relationships, economic crisis, and the persistence of systemic racial inequities. Realizing the need to reconnect students to their studies in an engaging way, Great MN Schools,… [Read more] A Successful Summer with Great MN Schools
Many philosophers have affirmed the meaning of life. Some say happiness is life’s true meaning, while others say personal and spiritual growth is all that matters in our lifetime. With so many pathways to happiness, with all the mediums for internal growth, who’s to determine the best approach to living fulfilling lives? For people like… [Read more] Limitless Adventure: Learning & Growing in the Outdoors with Emily Seltz
In the spring of 2021, Wilderness Inquiry launched The Inquiry Series: Exploring Inclusivity, a speaker series featuring leaders in inclusion and diversity from across the country whose incredible work is paving the way to ensure everyone belongs in the outdoors. This webinar-based series is free to register and has featured monthly speakers whose stories and… [Read more] The Inquiry Series: Exploring Inclusivity
Travel over the past year for many was challenging to say the least. Borders closed, and bucket list destinations near and far seemed that much further out of reach. However, the travel bug and desire to explore never truly disappeared. As an organization that strives for connection and exploration, we saw the void left by… [Read more] Bringing Tanzania to you!
For many years, Wilderness Inquiry has worked alongside the National Park Service (NPS) to create opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to access, enjoy, and explore on our public lands. As an organization, we have consulted on accessible design at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and in other National Parks, and we… [Read more] Accessibility in America’s National Parks