Dave and Amy Freeman run the Wilderness Classroom and are dedicated to introducing kids to some of the world’s wildest places through school assemblies and online expeditions. They were named Adventurers of the Year by National Geographic for their pioneering work in 2014.
Over the last two decades they have traveled over 40,000 miles by kayak, canoe, sailboat and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. They have crossed North and South America under their own power, circumnavigated Lake Superior by kayak and completed many other challenging wilderness treks. They actively engage thousands of elementary and middle school students in their expeditions through the Wilderness Classroom.
The Freemans are also sought-after speakers and outdoor educators who use their wilderness journeys to inspire, educate and entertain a diverse range of adult audiences, from armchair adventures to seasoned wilderness travelers. Their programs weave together life lessons, adventure tales and hard skills information that benefit a varied audience. When Dave and Amy aren’t on expeditions or speaking tours, they lead wilderness canoe trips and dogsled trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near their home in north Minnesota.
The Freemans are also the authors of A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters, an award winning book about the year they spent in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in partnership with the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters.