The UWCA creates great adventures for youth, families, and adults on the Mississippi River. Join us for a day trip, overnight camping trip, or multi-day trip. It's an experience that will last a lifetime.

For Teachers and Parents

The UWCA program creates great adventures for youth. We offer both day and overnight trips and provide all the equipment you need. No experience necessary.

Day Trips: A four and a half hour, guided paddle down the Mississippi River, complete with hands-on activities and interpretation by National Park Service rangers. Use this webpage to find information on trip logisticstrip themes, classroom activities, trip follow-up, and to set up a trip. For AVID teachers.

Overnight Trips: Overnight camping trips right in the heart of the metro area. Learn about yourself and the area you live. Use this webpage to find information on classroom activities, trip preparation, trip follow-up, and to set up a trip.

Beyond these local trips, Wilderness Inquiry offers adventures throughout the United States to places like the Boundary Waters, Apostle Islands, and Itasca State Park for youth, families, schools, and community groups. Click here for more information on these trips.

Our trips transform the lives of youth giving them a lasting connection with the natural world. It’s an experience that will last a lifetime!