What is Outdoor Club?
Outdoor Clubs look as different as the students and instructors who create them. Outdoor Club participants explore nature on and off school grounds, learn Leave No Trace principals, witness ecosystems in action, and connect with each other through new experiences. Clubs are designed to meet the needs and schedule of the group; clubs can meet after school, during school, or on the weekends.
Interested in starting an Outdoor Club? You will need:
- At least one dedicated staff member
- A plan to recruit, retain, and communicate with students
- Openness to fun, engaging activities!
To get started, complete this Outdoor Club Information Request.
Questions? Please contact Meg Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to volunteer with an Outdoor Club? Check out our volunteer page.
Benefits of an Outdoor Club in Your School
- Students develop a strong connection to nature and build healthy peer and adult relationships
- Invitation to Wilderness Inquiry hosted events such as canoeing and camping
- Entry point to the UWCA Pyramid of Engagement, including internship information
- Access to Wilderness Inquiry equipment/gear and volunteer educators for enrichment lessons
- Newsletter with upcoming events, club highlights, activity suggestions, and volunteer ideas
- Partnering opportunities with National Park Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and more
Outdoor Clubs in Action
Wilderness Inquiry partners with a variety of schools, organizations, and outdoor agencies to program with the following Outdoor Clubs:
- Minneapolis Outdoor Clubs: Edison High School, North Community High School, Roosevelt High School, YMCA Beacons – Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary School, Anne Sullivan School
- Saint Paul Outdoor Clubs: American Indian Magnet School, Battle Creek Middle School, Capitol Hill Magnet, Farnsworth Aerospace Upper School, Hazel Park Preparatory Academy, Highland Park Junior High School, Humboldt High School, Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, Murray Middle School, Open World Learning Community, Parkway Montessori and Community Middle School, Ramsey Middle School, St. Anthony Park Elementary School, Washington Technology Magnet
- Greater Minnesota Outdoor Clubs: Farmington High School Outdoor Club
- Active Outdoor Club Partners: National Park Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minnesota Bike Alliance, Friends of the Mississippi River, and the University of Minnesota
Look at the outdoor club blog to see what the clubs have been up to!