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Dave Freeman

Dave Freeman is our expedition team leader. Dave does it all, from planning and executing expeditions to maintaining our website. Each year Dave conducts many school assemblies, introducing students to our online expeditions and familiarizing them with the wilderness locations we explore. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in 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.

The Trans-Amazon Expedition is Dave's 10th Wilderness Classroom expedition.


Eric Frost

Eric Frost has developed, written, and implemented most our online and printed curriculum. He graduated from Ohio University where he studied Education and English. A public school teacher for several years, he has taught students from preschool to high school in a variety of subjects throughout the United States and Asia. Eric also spent 8 summers introducing students and adults to the wonders of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness while working for Sawbill Canoe Outfitters in Northern Minnesota.

The Trans-Amazon Expedition is Eric's 5th Wilderness Classroom expedition.


Amy Voytilla

Amy Voytilla grew up St. Paul, MN and has been a sea kayak guide and instructor at Superior Coastal Sports in Grand Marais, MN for the last five years. She developed a love of Lake Superior and northern Minnesota during many paddling, hiking, and cross-country skiing trips. Amy received her BA from Macalester College in Studio Art and Psychology. Also, she recently earned her Masters Degree in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Trans-Amazon Expedition is Amy's 2nd Wilderness Classroom expedition.


Tony Osse

Antonio Carlos (Tony) Osse, 42, is a biologist, professor , ACA Instructor and canoe-builder from Brazil. Tony has a PhD on Marine Ecology, but now works full time spreading the wonders of canoeing to people in Brazil.

This will be his first expedition with WCO, but he has organized and paddled several expeditions on Central and Southern Brazilian rivers. More information on his website at http://www.companhiadecanoagem.com.br

The Trans-Amazon Expedition is Tony's 1st Wilderness Classroom expedition.


Anne DeCock

Anne DeCock is tremendously excited to be going on her first educational adventure with the Wilderness Classroom. She has spent much of the last five years working in throughout Minnesota, both guiding backpacking trips and working to preserve wild spaces. Anne is a student at Northland College. She is working on a Bachelors degree in Education with a double minor in English/ Language Arts and Outdoor Education.

The Trans-Amazon Expedition is Anne's 1st Wilderness Classroom expedition.


Jay Bancroft

Jay Bancroft is an ecologist that grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and now lives in Bakersfield California. Jay studied computer engineering at Colorado, entomology at Kansas State and ecology at Connecticut. Jay has research experience on invasive insects, agricultural pests, biological control, and fisheries stock assessment. He has traveled in China, Australia, and Africa. Jay will help with ecological topics and challenges to the rainforest from agriculture and other human activities. The Trans-Amazon Expedition is Jay'™s 1st Wilderness Classroom expedition.

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