The Wilderness Classroom connects thousands of students with live expeditions throughout the world. Your class can improve core academic skills like reading and critical thinking while, helping the explorers solve problems, learning about ecosystems and interacting with the adventurers and scientists in the field.
During school assemblies, National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, Dave and Amy Freeman share stunning images, video clips, expedition equipment and riveting accounts of their epic journeys. Presentations are tailored to fully engage a variety of ages and immerse students in an array of topics from rainforests to dog sledding. School assemblies often include the Expedition ABCs, which stand for Attitude, Belief, Care, Diet and Exercise. The Freemans demonstrate how these ABCs can help students succeed at school and in life.
Our main objective is to educate elementary and middle school students about the world’s wildest places, rich history and varied cultures. The educational resources available to teachers and students include video conferencing, lesson plans aligned to Common Core Standards, scientific data, curriculum guides, online polls, video clips, an animal library and much more.
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On the Fall Equinox (September 23) Dave and Amy Freeman will launch their canoe in the Kawishiwi River and paddle into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They will then remain in the Nation’s most popular Wilderness Area for a full year. They will camp at approximately 120 different sites during this Year in the Wilderness and travel over 3,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog team.
Throughout the year elementary and middle school classrooms will be able to follow the adventure and learn along with the Freemans. Each week Dave and Amy will share a wide range of educational content designed to engage, educate and inspire elementary and middle school students. Mystery photos, video clips, scientific data, blog posts and an interactive map will allow you to join in the adventure.
We are developing a series of lesson plans aligned to Common Core standards over the summer, which you can use to integrate the Year in the Wilderness into your curriculum. We look forward to sharing these with you in September.
- Some of Our Favorite Pictures
- Day 364: Howling for Wolves
- Day 363: Reflection Lake
- Seasonal Changes and the Fall Equinox
2 Women. 4,000 Miles. A Source-to-Sea Expedition exploring the Source of Confidence on the 4th Longest River System in the World. During the summer and fall of 2016 Lisa Pugh and Alyce Kuenzli became the only all female expedition to traverse this river system. A once in a lifetime expedition. They used their expedition to inspire and teach Read More
- Catch, Drive, Release, Recover. October 1-8, 2016
- Any color you like – September 17-31, 2016
- No. More. Reservoirs, please. September 8 – 16, 2016
- Defeating Mid-Expedition Despair