Dave and Amy Freeman have crossed both North and South America on human-powered expeditions and were named Adventurers of the Year in 2014 by National Geographic for their education focused expeditions. They have traveled over 30,000 miles by canoe, kayak, and dogsled across of some of the world’s wildest waterways. Between 2010-2013 they completed the North American Odyssey, a 3 year, 11,700 mile journey by canoe, kayak and dogsled, which was followed by 85,000 students and 2,700 teachers from more than 600 schools.
Dave Freeman, Executive Director, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied Biology and Anthropology. Dave is also a web master, programmer and wilderness guide. He has worked as a dogsledding, sea kayaking and canoeing instructor for 15 years, introducing hundreds of people to wilderness travel. Dave has used expeditions to engage, inspire and educate students since 2001.
Amy Freeman, Director of Development, is always on the lookout for new sponsorship or grant opportunities. She also is in charge of PR, marketing and fundraising events. Amy has a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in addition to a BA from Macalester College in Studio Art and Psychology. The Superior Waters Project (2006) was Amy’s first Wilderness Classroom expedition. She has been guiding kayak trips in northern Minnesota since 2003 and dogsledding trips since 2006, exposing people of all ages to the wild shores of Lake Superior and the beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Amy also participated in the Trans-Amazon Expedition (2007-2008), which involved cycling and paddling 3,000 miles across South America.