Amy Freeman
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The Wilderness Classroom Organization
The Wilderness Classroom is a nonprofit organization. We strive to improve students' core academic skills and appreciation for the environment by introducing elementary and middle school students to the wonders of exploration and wilderness travel. We use a combination of interactive internet-based learning tools on our website, teacher training, and live school programs to accomplish our mission.
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Wilderness Adventurer Educators Return Home

Our latest News Release:

On September 27th Dave and Amy Freeman of the Wilderness Classroom Organization finished the first stage of a human-powered expedition across North America. In April, they launched the North American Odyssey, a 3 year-long, 11,000 mile educational expedition, with the purpose of calling attention to North America's waterways and wilderness. The expedition serves as a call to action, urging people to simplify their lives, reduce their carbon footprints, and get outside to enjoy nature. Their message has been heard by about 60,000 school children from around the globe so far.

These students are actually following the expedition team's every move through the internet. Whether they are traveling by kayak, canoe, ski, or dogsled, Dave and Amy update an educational website: This is where students, teachers, and parents interact with the expedition team. A second website, serves as a blog for adults to follow the adventure.

The expedition began by kayak in the Inside Passage, observing the temperate rainforests and marine life of the Pacific Northwest. Next, they hiked from Skagway , Alaska up the Chilkoot Trail and worked their way into the Yukon River. They then retraced the Klondike Gold Rush to Dawson, Yukon Territory. The adventure didn't end there. A hike over the Tombstone Mountains brought them to the Blackstone River, which they canoed to the Peel River. Above the Arctic Circle, where the Peel met the Mackenzie River, Dave and Amy turned their canoe upstream and worked their way south to the Northwest Territories town of Norman Wells. This is where they stopped on Monday. Now, as they wait for ice to form on the river and snow to blanket the land, they will take a break and return home to conduct school presentations and other speaking engagements.

When Dave and Amy return to Norman Wells in late January, they will dogsled through north/central Canada. After the snow melts, they will resume canoeing south through central Canada, kayak across the Great Lakes, finishing up by following the annual whale migration down the Atlantic Coast, to the Florida Keys.

“Why are they doing this?” you might ask. They are working to fulfill the mission of the nonprofit organization, the Wilderness Classroom. Dave founded the organization eight years ago with a simple idea in mind: to show students from around the world the wonders of exploration and wilderness. Their mission of instilling in young people a lifelong appreciation of wilderness by highlighting the joy of discovery is especially pertinent to the urban youth of today.

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Posted on February 20, 2011 at 3:54pm

A Sled Dog's World

In last week's Cast Your Vote, students chose the topic to focus on for this week.  The vote was overwhelmingly in  favor of learning about how the sled dogs communicate and work as a team.  We decided to consult an expert on this topic. . . so this week's Notes from the Trail is written from the perspective of Fennel the sled dog.

Bark bark.  Oh!  Excuse me.  I forgot that you don't speak dog.  Sorry about that.  Well, I am Fennel.  To find out more about me, check out my…


Posted on February 15, 2011 at 4:00pm

Norman Wells Historical Society

Today we visited the museum in Norman Wells. Thank you for choosing it in last week's Cast Your Vote.…


Posted on February 9, 2011 at 5:00pm

Expedition Planning and Preparation

Greetings from Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada! We arrived just a couple of days ago. Ellen, Van, Dave, and I spent ten days driving all the way from Minnesota. We hauled our twelve sled dogs, two sleds, plus most of our food and dog food in a big trailer. Ten days on the road might seem like a long time, but really all of the planning and preparation for this trip took much longer.

About a year ago we began to research our route and contact people living and traveling in…


Posted on February 3, 2011 at 9:25pm

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At 9:14am on October 13, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
Your pictures are astounding! Thank you for sharing them with us.
At 2:42pm on October 4, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Amy! I echo John's hearty welcome and am thrilled that you're making yourself at home by joining groups. I hope to see you around our discussions and blogs, and that we get to learn a lot about what you're up to with the Wilderness Classroom, and share resources as well. Cheers!
At 9:56am on September 30, 2010, John Thielbahr said…
Hi Amy and welcome to the Natural Teachers Network. The Wilderness Classroom is a welcome addition to our Network and I hope you share your ideas and experiences often. We have a wide range of educators on this site, from the very experienced to the just beginning. We have a big number from Minnesota. Thanks for joining us and I look forward to reading your future posts. John

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