Gateway To Adventure

Wilderness Inquiry shares the outdoors with everyone, including persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. Designed for adults with developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and other forms of cognitive disability, Gateway to Adventure (Gateway) is a program that helps people develop the skills they need to enjoy inclusive outdoor recreation activities.

On Gateway trips, participants are provided support so they can learn and practice outdoor skills and social skills needed to have safe, enjoyable outdoor experiences. The goal of Gateway is to prepare individuals with cognitive disabilities to participate in integrated outdoor recreation activities, including  Wilderness Inquiry’s trips, that include people with and without disabilities as peers.

Over the years, Gateway has helped thousands of people with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and others transition to more integrated outdoor adventures through extra training and support. We believe these skills translate back into everyday life, making Gateway experiences an effective catalyst on the path to greater independence.

Gateway To Adventure Trips

Wilderness Inquiry provides Gateway trips for adults and youth with developmental disabilities at a variety of locations. These 3-7 day trips are a great introduction to outdoor recreation and wilderness camping, focusing on developing skills such as setting up a tent, paddling a canoe or kayak, camp crafts, outdoor cooking, leadership and group social skills. Most importantly, participants experience the beauty of the great outdoors with a group of friends. Check out our offerings below or find out more information on our Custom Trips.

Gateway to Adventure trips, training and scholarships are made possible through the generosity of our donors’ support. Click here to support Gateway to Adventure.

Event Name2017 DatesFeeRegistration
Lake Elmo Park Reserve Overnight -- Gateway more» 6/10-6/11/17 $95
($95 Youth)
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Apostle Islands Base Camp and Kayak Tour -- Gateway more» 6/15-6/18/17 $465
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Fort Snelling State Park Overnight -- Gateway more» 6/24-6/25/17 $60
($30 Youth)
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Itasca State Park Adventure - Special Olympics Minnesota more» 8/24-8/27/17 $245
($125 Youth)
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Fort Snelling State Park Overnight -- Gateway more» 8/26-8/27/17 $60
($30 Youth)
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