In the fall of 2014, National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Amy and Dave Freeman, paddled and sailed 2,000 miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota to Washington DC. The purpose of their journey was threefold: celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, learn about the waterways and forests along their route, and look for ways to help protect the planet. The Freemans paddled a signature canoe that they delivered to Washington DC to show support for wild places and help protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for future generations.
Each week from September 2nd through December 8th elementary and middle school students used STEM-focused lessons to join the adventure and learn along with the Freemans through educational updates, video conferencing, and a variety of activities designed to immerse students in the adventure. The team also recorded data ranging from the amount of garbage they produced, to water quality measurements for students to interpret. The Freemans have hung up their paddles from now, but there is still plenty to explore. We hope you enjoy all the photos and educational content of this archived adventure.