EIN 93-0708637

Wilderness Inquiry

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Our mission is to provide outdoor adventure experiences that inspire personal growth, community integration, and enhanced awareness of the environment. Wilderness Inquiry adventures encourage people to open themselves to new possibilities and opportunities. Wilderness Inquiry connects people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to the natural world and each other thru shared outdoor adventures.
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Program areas at Wilderness Inquiry

Share the adventure (sta) is wi's oldest and original inclusive outdoor program providing integrated experiences for individuals regardless of ability, background or income. Inclusion is incorporated in the culture of all wi experiences creating authentic, inclusive and positive travel experiences for all participants. Sta programs typically range from 3-12 days and include activities such as kayaking, canoeing, hiking and dogsledding. In 2020, due to the impacts of covid-19, programming post march consisted of smaller groups of 3-6 people traveling to destinations only in the midwest. In addition, live, content rich, virtual events were added to the standard program. In total 369 people participated in the sta program in 2020 including 10% with disabilities. Number of people served (share the adventure): 369; number of service days: 1,239; number of events: 26
Wi's mission is based on inclusion - to give people from different physical, cultural and socio- economic backgrounds the opportunity to explore the great outdoors. Wi has tailored two programs specifically for individuals and families with disabilities. Gateway to adventure and project fit (families integrating together) gateway to adventure provides life-training skills to people with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Through outdoor recreational experiences, participants gain social competence, independent living and vocational skills. Prior to covid-19 halting in-person programming in march 2020, wi served 41 individuals with cognitive and other disabilities through this program in 2020 on 3 winter adventures. Project fit (families integrating together) makes outdoor adventure experiences possible for families who have a child or family member with a disability, who otherwise would not have access to outdoor experiences. Wi deploys adaptive equipment and specially trained staff to assist families in achieving positive outdoor experiences. In addition to in-person family trips, wi also participated in live virtual community events providing engaging and safe activities for families amidst covid-19. Wi served 1,233 individuals on 38 family events in 2020. Number of people served (gateway+families): 1,274; number of service days: 1,227; number of events: 41
Canoemobile brings hands-on learning to underserved youth via the "floating classroom" of a 24- foot voyageur canoe. Originating from a place-based learning initiative in the twin cities in 2008, canoemobile has grown into a nationally-recognized outdoor program that connects youth to their local public lands and waterways, develops our next generation of environmental stewards, provides career pathways for our future leaders in the outdoor industry, and addresses one of the most pressing issues of our time -- the opportunity gap. Due to covid-19, the canoemobile moved virtual for the safety and wellbeing of participants and staff. Virtual programming consisted of downloadable online resources for students and educators, as well as a live virtual field trip in partnership with the national park service called Mississippi river explorers. Students investigated ecology and history of places along the Mississippi river, actively solving mysteries about the river and the surrounding areas and interacted with Wilderness Inquiry outdoor leaders, national park service rangers, usda forest service rangers and fort snelling state park naturalists. In 2020, 1,254 unique users benefited from Wilderness Inquiry's online learning resources, 2,490 students participated in live virtual programming, 1,397 joined in-person adventures early in the year, and an additional 675 participants tuned in for other virtual gatherings. Number of people served (canoemobile): 5,816; number of service days: 2,088; number of events: 52

Who funds Wilderness Inquiry

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Manitou FundGeneral Support$100,000
Firefly Scientists FoundationMinneapolis Parks Partnership$100,000
The Minneapolis FoundationGeneral Operating Support$99,800
...and 38 more grants received totalling $841,407

Personnel at Wilderness Inquiry

Greg LaisFounder of / Executive Director / Executive Dir.$330,994
Kim KepriosExecutive Director / Executive Dir.$133,080
Nell HoldenBusiness Operations Director
Julie K. EdmistonSpecial Events Manager / Associate Ed$94,341
Kate HartfielSecretary$0
...and 3 more key personnel

Financials for Wilderness Inquiry

RevenuesFYE 12/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$2,634,090
Program services$371,366
Investment income and dividends$29,138
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$4,200
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$36,783
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$28,521
Total revenues$3,104,098

Form 990s for Wilderness Inquiry

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-122021-05-25990View PDF
2019-122020-10-24990View PDF
2018-122019-06-19990View PDF
2017-122018-08-23990View PDF
2016-122017-08-21990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s

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Data update history
August 2, 2022
Received grants
Identified 12 new grant, including a grant for $80,000 from William C Schmoker Family Foundation
October 3, 2021
Received grants
Identified 14 new grant, including a grant for $100,000 from Firefly Scientists Foundation
August 23, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
August 21, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
July 1, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
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General information
1611 County Rd B West No 315
St Paul, MN 55113
Metro area
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Ramsey County, MN
Website URL
(612) 676-9400
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IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
C60: Environmental Education
NAICS code, primary
624310: Vocational Rehabilitation Services
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