Crossing the Andes Mountains will be the team's first major challenge. We are counting on students to help us choose our route through the mountains.
The Wilderness Classroom has been to Peru before. However, we’ve never planned an expedition this big. By the time the Trans-Amazon Expedition is completed, we will have canoed over 3,000 miles to learn about how people, plants, and animals live in the Amazon rainforest. Along the way we will study global climate change, also called global warming, and witnessing how it impacts the rainforest’s waterways, plants, animals, and people.
Before we leave, we need research Peru and the Amazon so we can be prepared for the secrets the rainforest holds. We’re using books, the Internet, and making phone calls to scientists, educators, and people along our route. The best preparation for an expedition begins at home.
Over the next three school years, you can join our team as we travel over 3,000 miles across South America.
We will start our journey near Chan Chan, the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America. Scientists believe that a thousand years ago, close to 30,000 people lived in this city perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
We have a lot to learn, both before we leave and once we arrive in Peru. Think about what you would like us to study during the Trans-Amazon Expedition. With your teacher’s help, you will be in charge of making decisions for the expedition. So, you’ll have to do your research too. We’re counting on you to keep us safe, informed, and on track to reach our goal of canoeing the greatest river on earth.