This year AARP picked the 50 most inspiring and accomplished leaders from across Minnesota for their “50 Over 50” list. We’re honored to announce that the winners include Wilderness Inquiry founder and executive director Greg Lais. Here’s AARP’s write-up on Lais.
Want to keep up with Minneapolis’ Greg Lais? Strap on your hiking boots! In the last 12 months, the 60-year-old founder of Wilderness Inquiry has led trips to Iceland, Uganda, New Zealand, and more, all designed to demonstrate his belief that the outdoors—and adventure—is for everyone, regardless of age, background, or ability. Thanks to Greg’s efforts, more than 460,000 individuals have enjoyed outdoor adventures that might have been off-limits to them otherwise. In the process, they’ve come to appreciate themselves and others, often seeing ability where they once saw only disability. That’s exactly what happened 40 years ago when Greg first led a group of individuals to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area to prove a point: that everyone, regardless of age or ability, could enjoy the wilderness, even without motorized boats and paved portages. Ever since that trip, Greg has carried forward Wilderness Inquiry’s mission of inspiring personal growth, enhancing environmental awareness, and fostering community integration, all the while breaking down barriers to create a more inclusive, more integrated world.
To see the full list of winners, go to AARP’s “50 Over 50.”