Boundary Waters Canoe Area EdVenture

Located along the Canadian border, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) is known for its expansive wilderness. Join the Minnesota Zoo and Wilderness Inquiry (WI) as we explore this wilderness, learn about the Zoo’s conservation work in Minnesota, discover connections between nature and our lives, and make new friends.

During this 5-day EdVenture designed exclusively for the Minnesota Zoo, paddle the pristine lakes of this northern gem. Experience stillness, silence, and solitude. Listen and watch as the sun rises to burn mist off of a mirror-still lake. Relax around an evening campfire and watch for shooting stars and northern lights.

Activity Level: Easy | MODERATE | Challenging | Difficult

Space(s) Available: There is limited space available for only 6 teen travelers, so please register early to reserve your space.

Date: August 12-16, 2020
Ages: 14-18 years old (graduated seniors are welcome)
Cost: $925

  • Includes meals, equipment, and transportation
  • Does not include souvenirs or meals while on the road

Guide: Wilderness Inquiry (WI)

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2020

How to Register

Register Online 

Note: After you register, please also register with WI as they need a signature as well as some participant information.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your trip…

  • Prior to April 1, 2020: Full refund minus a $50 transaction fee
  • Between April 1 and May 15, 2020: 50% refund
  • After May 15, 2020: No refund

Future Interest: If you would like to be placed on the interested list for any future trips, please email [email protected].


Day 1: Meet at the Zoo at 5:30am to catch the vans at WI by 6:30am. Once we arrive at the BWCA, we will paddle from Brule Lake to Jock Mock Bay.
Day 2: Paddle the serene waters north to Cone Bay before traversing several portages to Winchell Lake.
Day 3: Spend a day hiking the palisades of Winchell Lake.
Day 4: Fish, bird watch, and explore the area surrounding Brule Lake.
Day 5: Make your final paddle across Brule Lake and say farewell to your group mates.