Join Wilderness Inquiry and other outdoor experts on virtual adventures to explore destinations & topics near and far. During each session you will gain a deeper understanding of outdoor spaces by learning about unique ecosystems, natural & cultural history, and how we can venture out to enjoy these spaces.
January – Outdoor Winter Sports
Dogsledding – January 6th, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Based out of Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge in Ely, MN, we’ll be joined by renowned explorer and co-founder of Wilderness Inquiry, Paul Schurke, as he shares all you’ve ever wanted to know about dog sledding. In this program session, learn the ins-and-outs of the canine-powered mode of travel humans have used for over 1000 years, and listen from the warm comforts of your own home as Paul shares stories of his arctic dogsled adventures.
Snowshoeing – January 20th, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Listen for the crunch of snow and ice beneath your feet. Feel the crisp winter air against your cheek. Watch a mouse burrow under a drift. These are a few ways you can experience the woods in wintertime while snowshoeing. For this virtual adventure, join Eric and Shelley Larson as they guide you on a short trail hike and share the traditional origins of this outdoor hobby. We will walk through various types of snowshoes and how they are made for different types of terrain and explore the significance of this tradition among native peoples.
February – National Parks
Discover Glacier National Park – February 3rd, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Encompassing the Rocky Mountains with glacier-carved peaks, crystal blue waters, and acres of alpine flora and fauna, Glacier National Park is a gem of rugged wilderness. Whether a new visitor to the park or a seasoned traveler within its borders, there is something for all explorers in this virtual session with a Glacier National Park specialist guest speaker.
Discover Yellowstone National Park – February 17th, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Many of you may be familiar with one of America’s most famous national parks; from its steaming geysers, grizzly bears, and miles of rivers, mountains, and forest, Yellowstone never fails to dazzle visitors of all ages every single year. While the summer months are definitely the most popular for visiting Yellowstone, the winter offers a completely different landscape for the people, plants and animals who call the park home. Join Yellowstone National Park specialists for this virtual session to learn more about America’s favorite National Park.
March – Birds ‘n Bees
Presentation by the Bird Chick – March 3rd, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what is making all that racket outside? Join Sharon Stiteler, National Park Service ranger, author and self described “Bird Chick” as she shares her knowledge of how birds communicate. Discover the species and fun facts about who is flying and chirping in your backyard!
All About Bees – March 17th, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Spring is a-buzz! Time to shake off that cabin fever and get ready to learn about the little insects who help make the spring more beautiful by playing a crucial role in pollination: bees! While many species are important pollinators, bees hold a special place in our hearts… perhaps it’s that delicious honey? For today’s session we are joined by a bee specialist to teach you all you’ve ever wanted to know about bees.