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 a program that would bring the Boundary Waters to thousands of students from underserved communities across Minnesota to the Boundary Waters. Through a combination of classroom education and multi-day, wilderness canoe trips, our No Boundaries to the Boundary Waters Program is about connecting kids who have never fished, paddled or gone more than a few yards from a road with the wilderness.

This program has been recommended for 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.

This grant still needs final approval from the Minnesota Legislature, which will make the final funding decisions in 2019. You can help make sure it passes and ensure our famous lakes, forests and rivers continue to inspire future generations.



you can Make a difference in a young person’s life


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.

Call, tweet, nudge or poke a Minnesota State Legislator and tell them to support our No Boundaries to the Boundary Waters program through the LCCMR grant.


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