North American Odyssey

On Earth Day (April 22) of 2010 Dave and Amy Freeman began a three year, 11,700 mile journey across North America by kayak, canoe, and dogsled. Their goal is to use their journey as a platform for gaining support and protection for North America’s waterways, and actively engage over 100,000 elementary and middle school students in their journey though this website and live school assemblies.
“Living “green and simple” involves making healthy choices that simplify life, reduce your global footprint, and provide quality time for friends, family, and outdoor pursuits. We hope to inspire people to make lifestyle changes that are environmentally sound, improve quality of life, and leave a little more green in your pocket,” explains Dave.
Their odyssey began by kayak on the Pacific Coast studying temperate rainforests and marine life of the Pacific Northwest, but this was just the first in a series of six stages on their quest to highlight North America’s wildest places.
After kayaking 1,400 miles from Seattle, WA to Skagway, AK, the team treked over the history-studded mountains in the footsteps of the Klondike Gold Rush, to the home of Inuit along the Arctic Ocean where polar bears roam. From the Arctic Ocean they traveled by dogsled and canoe south through central Canada, to Grand Portage, Minnesota on Lake Superior. In the Spring of 2012 they will being kayaking across the Great Lakes, then follow the annual whale migration past the salt marshes and sea turtles of the Atlantic Coast, finishing in the mangroves and coral reefs of the Florida Keys in the Spring of 2013.(See route description for more details)
Through daily web updates, elementary and middle school students learn alongside the explorers through www.wildernessclassroom.com and adults can follow their progress through this website www.NorthAmericanOdyssey.com.

What should we focus on in the Gulf Islands National Marine Park?

Over the next week we will be exploring the Gulf Islands National Park .  We are sure to see lots of interesting plants and animals in this protected area. We need you to help us decide what we should focus on in next week’s Notes from Trail. A.  Look for Marine mammals like Harbor Seals …

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The North American Odyssey Begins!

Happy Earth Day!  Today marks the beginning of the North American Odyssey.  Dave, John, Clayton, and I are launching our kayaks in the Pacific Ocean just north of Seattle near a town called Bellingham.  A full year of planning and preparation has led up to this day.   We left for the Seattle area on …

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Meet the team!

Amy Freeman Amy is the Wilderness Classroom’s sponsorship coordinator and PR person. Her previous Wilderness Classroom online adventures include the Superior Waters Project, the Trans-Amazon Expedition, and Project Polar Bear. Amy received her BA in Art and Psychology from Macalester College and MA in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. …

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