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Do you know of or belong to a company that might be interested in becoming a Wilderness Classroom sponsor? Please click on this link to learn more about becoming a sponsor Potential sponsor information

Platnium Sponsor

The Brinson Foundation is a philanthropic, non-profit organization whose purpose is to support educational, public health and scientific research programs that engage, inform and inspire committed citizens to confront the challenges that face humanity. Support from the Brinson Foundation has allowed us to provide full scholarships to seven Chicago Public Schools who would otherwise not be able to fully participate in the Trans-Amazon Expedition. Each scholarship includes two school visits, teacher training, and printed teachers’ guides. Support from the Brinson Foundation is also helping us strengthen our partnership with the Shedd Aquarium.

Silver Sponsor

Wenonah canoe company has donated three canoes for the Trans-Amazon Expedition. We are paddling a Northfork, an Adirondack, and a Champlain. Wenonah makes outstanding boats, and we have used their canoes and kayaks on many of our expeditions.


Bronze Sponsor

Ex Officio donated Buzz Off Lite Shirts and Buzz Off Convertible Pants for every member of our expedition team. This clothing will protect us from insects and the sun, it will keep us cool in the hot, humid rainforest, plus we sure look stylish in it.

Vizada has generously donated a Saber 1 satellite terminal, which we are using to update our website with photos, videos, and text during the Trans-Amazon Expedition. Their INMARSAT BGAN service is a great way to send and receive data from remote locations and makes it possible for the Trans-Amazon Expedition's rich descriptions, imagery, and videos to reach out from the heart of the amazon and onto the internet.
MTI has generously donated life jackets and paddle jackets for the Trans-Amazon Expedition.. These vital pieces of safety equipment keep us comfortable and dry even in the harshest of conditions.
PowerFilm, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of thin, flexible solar panels based on a proprietary low cost production process. PowerFilm is based in the state of Iowa and has been producing high quality flexible solar panels since 1988. They have donated two panels, which we are using to charge our satellite phone, computer, and camera batteries. These amazing panels are very durable and roll up when not in use.
Pelican Products Inc. donated a Pelican 1600 case that we will use to keep our electronic equipment safe and dry. Over the years they have donated a variety of their amazing dry cases, which we use to keep our cameras, computers, and other electronics safe and dry.
Every expedition team member is the proud new owner of Chaco Z/2 sandals. Whether we're hiking to ruins or paddling in our canoes, our feet will be comfortable. Chaco's BioCentric footbed and fully adjustable straps are just what we need for this adventure.
Dermatone donated a variety of their sun protection and insect repellent products to keep us sunburn free, bug bite free, and fully protected from UV radiation during our six weeks of outdoor travel. SPF 45+ Endurance Dry Gel Sunblock, Medicated Lip Balms, Face Protection Creme, and Herbal Insect Repellent with Bite Blocker are a few of the Dermatone products we'll be using.

Cooke Custom Sewing has provided us with spray covers designed to the wind, rain, and waves out of our canoes. Plus, we are using one of their durable nylon tarp to shield us from the sun and rain. Cooke Custom Sewing makes a wide range of thoughtful paddling and camping gear right here the USA.
Humm Foods, the creator of LÄRABAR, firmly believes that the foundation of a healthy mind, body and spirit is derived from what you eat. And what you eat is healthiest and most satisfying when it's in a whole, natural state. We are happy to be munching on their tasty, nutrious bars during our long days on the water.
Mitchell has donated 6 carbon fiber/wood bent shaft paddles for the Trans-Amazon Expedition. When you are taking over a million paddle strokes ounces add up quickly. Light, durable paddles make a huge difference. Paddles are one of our most important pieces of equipment and we could ask for better paddles.
Purchase a Pink Paddle and help save a life. The Pink Paddle is not only a functional, bent-shaft, graphite, paddle but is also a beautiful piece of art, and part of the proceeds of each paddle sale will be donated to breast cancer research. We are proud to have Amy paddling with a pink paddle!
Katadyn has been producing high quality portable water systems since 1928. Their history has been one of innovation and durability. Katadyn products are used by militaries, health organizations and outdoor adventurers world-wide. No other water system provides higher quality or longer lasting performance. Katadyn provided us with an ample supply of Micropur MP1 tablets, which we will use to purify all of our drinking water during Project Peru 2.”
Northeastern Illinois University's Chicago Teachers' Center (CTC) was founded in 1978 as a resource for Chicagoland teachers to provide a wide range of professional development and instructional services at school sites. The Wilderness Classroom and the CTC have partnered to offer professional development workshop at CTC's Resource Center since 2005.
INRENA (Instituto Nacional de Recursos Naturales) is the branch of the Peruvian government that is in charge managing their National Reserves. They have been extremely helpful during the planning of Project Peru, Project Peru 2, and the Trans-Amazon Expedition, and have given our team special permission to travel through areas of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve that are normally closed to all visitors.
Rumbo al Dorado is made up of a group of International nonprofit organizations who are dedicated to helping to protect the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve by working with local people to develop sustainable forms of eco-tourism with in the National Reserve. They have done a wonderful job of helping us plan for Project Peru, and we encourage you to contact them if you are interested in visiting the park.
Built to tackle any climate and any conditions that your adventures can throw at you, the Clark Jungle Hammock is the next step in ultra-light backpacking! Clark Jungle Hammocks have generously donated 6 hammocks, which we will use extensively during the Trans-Amazon Expedition.

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