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Friday Feature: Wilderness Inquiry

February 9, 2018

Two kids looking at water in test tubeWilderness Inquiry was founded in 1974 when Bill Simpson, Tom Rasmussen, and Greg Lais first took a group of 14 year old students out to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on a winter camping trip.  Their mission is to “connect people from all walks of life to the natural world through shared outdoor adventures.” They accomplish this by offering inclusive wilderness trips and accessible experiences connecting individuals to the natural environment for people of all ages and abilities.

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) partners with Wilderness Inquiry to provide watershed education to students in the Minnehaha Creek watershed. Through service projects and hands-on learning (such as water quality testing and storm drain stenciling), students learn how urban communities influence watershed health. These opportunities have included programming at Minnehaha Falls, along Minnehaha Creek, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, and Coldwater Spring. We are grateful for the work Wilderness Inquiry does to educate and connect youth to the natural environment so that we are able to continue to protect and improve land and water for current and future generations.