Wall Street Meets Wilderness


ENJOY A GREAT OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE WITH Please join NYSE and the extraordinary non-profit, Wilderness Classroom, as we paddle down the meandering Wading River in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens State Forest! This is a spectacular outdoor event that will directly benefit the Wilderness Classroom Organization (WCO). Your experience will help underprivileged kids to do the same! Read More

Amy and Dave Freeman Complete 11,700-Mile Human-Powered North American Odyssey


(Key West, FL) Amy and Dave Freeman landed their kayaks in Key West on Thursday, April 4, 2013, completing a 3-year, 11,700-mile expedition across North America by kayak, dogsled and canoe. Over 80,000 elementary and middle school students from around the world have participated in the expedition virtually. The Freemans began their human (and dog) Read More

Media Coverage Archive

    Outside Online, “Couple Completes 3-Year, 11,700-Mile Honeymoon” by Joe Spring 4/11/13   Paddling Headquarters, “Amy and Dave Freeman complete their massive 11,700 mile North American Odyssey” by David Johnston 4/10/13   Idaho Mountain Express, “Couple completes 11,700-mile journey” 4/10/13   Duluth News Tribune, “Grand Marais couple complete 11,700-mile expedition” by Sam Cook 4/7/13 Read More

About the Wilderness Classroom

Students Laughter

The Wilderness Classroom started with a simple idea: 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. Ten years and twelve expeditions later, the Wilderness Classroom is a 501(c)3 that reaches over 2,600 teachers and 75,000 students around Read More

Dave and Amy Freeman

Dave and Amy Freeman run the Wilderness Classroom, a nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing kids to some of the world’s wildest places. Over the last 10 years they have traveled over 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. They have crossed North Read More

About the North American Odyssey


  On Earth Day (April 22) of 2010 Dave and Amy Freeman began a three-year, 11,700 mile journey across North America by kayak, canoe and dogsled. Their goal is to gain support and protection for North America’s waterways and introduce over 75,000 elementary and middle school students to wild places though this website and live Read More

Route Description


Project Timeline Stage 1: Seattle Washington to Skagway Alaska April 22nd to July 6th, 20101,400 miles by kayak Stage 2: Skagway Alaska to Inuvik Northwest Territories July 9th to October 1st, 20101,747 miles hiking/canoeing Stage 3: Norman Wells Northwest Territories to Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories February 9th, 2010 to May 1st, 2011900 miles by dogsled Read More

Board of Directors

Kirstin Corbett Kirstin Corbett is a 3rd grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools. She has a bachelors degree in communications and a maters degree in education. Kirstin has been a volunteer with Girl Scouts for 12 years, and is also a youth outings leader for the Sierra Club. During her free time Kirstin is either hanging from a climbing Read More

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wilderness Classroom Organization 4605 Grand Ave Western Springs, IL 60558 www.NorthAmericanOdyssey.com Contact: Amy Voytilla amy @wildernessclassroom.com North American Odyssey Begins On Earth Day (April 22) of 2010 Dave Freeman and Amy Voytilla of the Wilderness Classroom Organization will begin an 11,000 mile expedition, traveling across North America by kayak, canoe, and dogsled. Read More

Get Involved!


Donate online to WILDERNESS CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION at Razoo Charitable contributions from individuals play a pivotal role in our Organizations ability to fulfill its mission. The Wilderness Classroom Organization is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is built on a solid foundation of resources, and relationships. We are counting on continued support from individuals like you as Read More