Wilderness Classroom Organization



The Wilderness Classroom’s lesson plans and activities are aligned to Common Core Standards and designed with a 3th through 8th grade audience in mind, but educators working with students of all ages, from K-12 have successfully used Wilderness Classroom expeditions in their classrooms. All lesson plans and other education resources are made available to classrooms for free thanks to corporate sponsors, private donors, and grants.
During our most ambitious expedition yet, the North American Odyssey, over 85,000 students and 2,700 teachers from around the globe used the Wilderness Classroom to follow the Freeman’s 11,700 mile journey across North America by canoe, kayak, and dogsled and learn along with them. National Geographic named Amy and Dave Freeman Adventurers of the Year in 2014 for their educational efforts.

Mission Statement

We seek to instill a lifelong appreciation of the natural world for K-12 students while improving students’ core academic skills by connecting classrooms with expeditions around the globe. Through our website students and teachers use interactive internet based learning tools such as video conferencing, blogging, lesson plans, videos, online polls, and other features to participate in Dave and Amy Freeman’s expeditions and connect with other explorers and scientists. We also provide live school programs and teacher training.

Program Details

Our most recent expedition is A Year in the Wilderness. The Freemans spent an entire year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, traveling more than 2,000 miles by canoe and dog team. Check out the award winning film, Bear Witness, and the book the Freemans wrote about the adventure, A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters.
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