Our Programs are all about getting kids to Turn off the screen, Leave their comfort zone, discover the wilderness & discover themselves.


Thomas Flint Memorial Canoe Trips

While many Minnesota residents are familiar with the BWCAW and its thousands of lakes and streams, for others it is a remote and foreign place which they may never visit because of cost or distance. To alleviate that barrier, two families have established a scholarship with the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness to bring Minnesota’s economically disadvantaged young people to the BWCAW.

For most of the participants, it is their first visit to the BWCAW. The trip offers them a chance to build confidence, work in a group, learn about the area, and make friends. Funding for the expeditions is provided by the Thomas Flint Boundary Waters Wilderness Fund and the Bob Johnson Boundary Waters Wilderness Fund, which were created in memory of outdoorsmen who loved the BWCAW.

Everyone should have an opportunity to experience the life-changing power fo the BWCAW

Everyone should have an opportunity to experience the life-changing power fo the BWCAW


Promoting Equity in the wilderness

Building off our Thomas Flint Canoe Trips, we are currently developing our No Boundaries to the Boundary Waters program that will bring the Boundary Waters to thousands of students from underserved communities across Minnesota to the Boundary Waters.

In May, 2019 Friends recieved a grant of $450,000 through the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), which makes recommendations for environmental and natural resource projects funded through lottery proceeds. These funds will bring a Boundary Waters curriculum to classrooms around Minnesota, and bring kids who have never fished, paddled or gone more than a few yards from a road on multi-day, wilderness canoe trips.



Share your love of wild places


Bring someone to the Boundary Waters who has never been there. A niece, a nephew, a friend or a spouse. The more people have first-hand experience of the Boundary Waters, the more our society will value and protect this priceless area.


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