A Year in the Wilderness

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.

Source of Confidence Expedition

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

Paddle to DC

In the fall of 2014, National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Amy and Dave Freeman, paddled and sail 2,000 miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota to Washington DC. The purpose of their journey was threefold: celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, learn about the waterways and forests along their route, and look for ways to help protect the planet. The Freemans paddled a signature canoe that they delivered to Washington DC to show support for wild places and help protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for future generations.

Each week from September 2nd through December 8th elementary and middle school students used STEM-focused lessons to join the adventure and learn along with the Freemans through educational updates, video conferencing and a variety of activities designed to immerse students in the adventure. The team also recorded data ranging from the amount of garbage they produced, to water quality measurements for students to interpret. The Freemans have hung up their paddles from now, but there is still plenty to explore. We hope you enjoy all the photos and educational content of this archived adventure.

Rio Roosevelt Centennial Expedition

Rondon and President stand by a Rio Roosevelt marker.

In the spring of 2014 Dave Freeman and a team explorers returned to the Amazon Rainforest to study the plants, animals, and people of one of the world’s last great wildernesses. The Amazon Rainforest is largest tropical rainforest in the world. This was the Wilderness Classroom’s  6th learning adventure in the Amazon and in many ways it was their most exciting. The amazing biodiversity and unique cultures of the Amazon region provided Dave and his team with a wide range of topics to explore.

The international team of educators and scientists retraced Theodore Roosevelt’s historic journey down an unexplored river 100 years ago. The river was eventually named the Rio Roosevelt in honor of Theodore Roosevelt and his important scientific expedition. The Amazon is home to a wide variety of plants, animals and cultures. The team has returned home, but there is still plenty to explore. We hope you enjoy all the photos and educational content of this archived adventure.

Adults are encourage to follow the expedition through www.FreemansExplore.com .

The Kraft Family’s Around the World Adventure.


Throughout the 2013/2014 school year the Wilderness Classroom is partnering with the Kraft family to connect classrooms with their family as they explore 14 countries during a year long adventure around the world. They will be posting regular updates to the Wilderness Classroom website as well as their own blog.

The Krafts will share mystery photos, videos and other content about the animals, cultures, art, geology, and a variety of other areas of study, depending on where they are. They also plan to identify and explore an environmental issue in each area they visit.

Boreal Forest Adventure


Live Updates January 2014 to March 2014 When snow blankets the far North, Amy and Dave Freeman will hitch up dog teams and head out to explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. The Boundary Waters is over 1 million acres of road-less wilderness, home to gray wolves, moose, black bear, lynx, otter Read More

North American Odyssey

On April 4th, 2013 Amy and Dave Freeman paddled into Key West, Florida, completing their 3 year, 11,700 mile journey across North America. What’s next? Lots of presentations at schools, colleges, outdoor conferences and other events, a book and future adventure learning projects. The North American Odyssey has been completed, but all of the content Read More

Slate Islands Research Expedition

In the Fall of 2013 Wilderness Classroom Expedition Leader, Amy Freeman, joined a team of geologists on a research expedition to the Slate Islands. The Slate Islands are an remote archipelago (group of islands) in Lake Superior. The islands were created when a meteorite struck the earth a long time ago. Their goal is to better understand the history and the effects of the meteorite impact that formed the islands. They collected rock samples, which the scientists took back to their lab at the University of California Berkeley for further study. The team leader is Nick Swanson-Hysell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at University of California Berkeley.

Trans-Amazon Expedition


Between April 2007 and November 2008 Dave Freeman, Amy Freeman, and Eric Frost led a team of scientists and educators on a 3,000 mile journey across South America by bicycle and canoe. They studied the plants, animals, and people the Amazon Rainforest. We hope that you enjoy the photos, videos, podcasts, and other information that Read More

Marine Biology in the Bahamas

Common Octopus

The Shedd Aquarium has offered its High School Marine Biology Program in the Bahamas for more than thirty years. Through a partnership with Wilderness Classroom, students, teachers, parents and friends were able to learn right along with HSMB participants via podcasts, blogs, photos, videos, and more. Visit the Ship’s Blog to learn more about this archived adventure.