In 2022, Wilderness Inquiry embarked on an intentional path forward for the organization with the development of a new, five-year strategic plan.
Guided by our commitment to equitable inclusion in the outdoors, the plan sets the course for building stronger organizational efficiency, excellence, and long-term sustainability, while expanding our reach and impact. Through collaborative planning, we’ve created the momentum needed to shape our future and the future of outdoor learning, recreation, and engagement.
Developed in partnership with DeYoung Consulting Services, the plan identifies three main strategic priorities from which goals, outcomes, and actions stem. These key priorities will guide Wilderness Inquiry’s overarching strategy and growth over the next five years and will provide a pathway for the future.
National Brand with a National Reach
The expansion of our brand and program reach will connect more people to the health and wellness benefits of time spent outdoors and attract additional resources to forward our mission to advance inclusion and improve quality of life. Building partnerships with national networks of funders with a passion for connecting all people to the natural world is critical to sustaining our work and providing opportunities for individuals without the means to otherwise benefit from Wilderness Inquiry programs.
Organizational Efficiency and Excellence
Increasing organizational capacity is key to achieving our goals. It is important for the organization to grow from within and ensure that it has the capability to equitably deliver high-quality and inclusive services. Wilderness Inquiry intends to attract diverse participants, staff, and funders, and build internal processes that reflect these intentions.
To sustainably provide quality services, a focus on long-term process and efficiency improvements round out our main plan goals. Knowing that external factors – political, economic, and environmental – will likely influence our ability to provide services, we understand the need to further develop adaptable strategies to ensure long-term sustainability.
As we work in the coming months and years to implement the plan, we remain grounded by our mission and core values that guide our day-to-day work of connecting people of all ages, backgrounds, identities, and abilities to the natural world. The future of Wilderness Inquiry lies before us, set on a strong foundation and ready for us to shape it for future generations.
The Wilderness Inquiry trips I have participated in have always provided me, through your inclusive mission, a renewed optimism, a greater vision for myself, my life, and a confirmation of the inherent kindness of others.”