Gaining Skills for Inclusive Adventures

Gateway Training Program

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), Wilderness Inquiry provides Gateway Training Trips at Twin Cities metro-area parks. These trips are a great introduction to the wilderness for...


Josh has been involved with Wilderness Inquiry and programs like Gateway to Adventure since 2003. Although he has led trips to many places, Josh’s favorite trip and area of expertise remains paddling down the...

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...


Gateway to Adventure is designed for adults (18 and older) who :

  • Have a developmental disability, brain injury, or other form of cognitive disability
  • Are able to adapt to new environmental conditions
  • Engage in socially appropriate conversations and behaviors with others (independently or with guidance from a PCA or trip staff)
  • Are able to complete personal care needs – independently or with reminders or assistance from a PCA or trip staff
  • Possess a level of curiosity about the world and other people


Gateway to Adventure provides support so that participants enhance and develop the skills needed to more fully participate in everyday life.