The Wilderness Classroom has been connecting classrooms with expeditions around the globe since 2001. In this section you will find the latest content from our current learning adventures. Check back often because our explorers, scientists, educators, and adventurers are always sending new dispatches from the field for you and your students to discover.

Catch, Drive, Release, Recover. October 1-8, 2016

October 1, 2016. Missouri River north of Rulo, Nebraska Wow! It is the first day of October. We are now in the last two months of this expedition. Its really intense to think about may 13th, when we started hiking up to Browers Spring. I just can’t believe it. Also that we camped in Missouri tonight. Read More

Any color you like – September 17-31, 2016

September 17-18, 2016 Richard-Hoefelmeyer Homestead. Beresford, South Dakota We decided to sleep in a little to commemorate the completion of the Upper Missouri River. It took us about 100 days to paddle from Three Forks, Montana to Yankton, South Dakota. Some of those days were top notch, world-class days. Some of them felt like the Read More

No. More. Reservoirs, please. September 8 – 16, 2016

September 8th, 2016 I had a great night’s rest in the motel bed, with two pillows! The motel breakfast was plentiful and amazing. We lounged until it was time for the chiropractor and found our way there on the Main Street of Chamberline. It was incredibly to sit in that massage chair and I was Read More

Defeating Mid-Expedition Despair

Expedition life is tough. The days are long and often monotonous or filled with danger and intrigue. All of which becomes exhausting at a certain point. On our 200-day expedition to become the first female canoe descent of the Missouri-Mississippi River system, we’ve come up with a few strategies to get through that mid-expedition* slump. Read More

Life on the Plains – End of August 2016

August 20, 2016 Whitlock State Park, Lake Oahe, South Dakota The sail only works under a very certain set of conditions: tail- or slight cross-tailwind. Wind must be between about 5-10mph, sustained. Less is not enough to pull the sail, more and you may end up dealing with too much fetch (waves caused by wind) for Read More

Day 363: Reflection Lake

We visited our 500th body of water on the 363rd day of our Year in the Wilderness. Crashing through wet branches and soggy moss, over rotting white pine trunks and through balsam thickets, we slowly bushwhacked towards Reflection Lake. The final 100 yards was a soupy, boot-sucking bog. Before we paddled into the Wilderness nearly Read More

Seasonal Changes and the Fall Equinox

Dave and I are almost done with our journey. After spending an entire year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, we plan to exit on Friday! Did you know that we began our year on a special day last year? It was the Fall Equinox. An equinox is one of two days each year Read More