The Wilderness Classroom Organization

The Wilderness Classroom Organization

The Wilderness Classroom is an educational nonprofit working to teach kids about the wonders of nature. http://www.wildernessclassroom.org The Wilderness Classroom is an educational nonprofit organization working to teach kids about the wonders of nature.

We post live expedition updates to our website. You can also find a curriculum guide, lesson plans, graphic organizers, a wilderness library, and many other resources on our website. We also conduct school assemblies and teacher training.

Operating as usual

Photos from Explorers Dave and Amy Freeman's post 22/06/2021

Photos from Explorers Dave and Amy Freeman's post

Giant River Otter Spotted in Argentina for First Time in Decades 22/06/2021

Giant River Otter Spotted in Argentina for First Time in Decades

Giant River Otter Spotted in Argentina for First Time in Decades The first wild sighting of the species in Argentina since the 1980s, this surprise offers hope to conservationists looking to bring the otters back

14/05/2021

5 questions in a row from students during a Zoom school assembly about oceans:

1. When you guys travel do you see sharks?
2. Are there any sharks where you are right now?
3. Have you ever got bitten by a sea animal?
4. Have you seen a shark before?
5. Are there sharks?

Yes, we'll share information about all the sharks we've seen. No, we've never been bitten by a shark or any other sea animal.

They’re Arctic Survivors. How Will They Adapt to Climate Change? 04/03/2021

They’re Arctic Survivors. How Will They Adapt to Climate Change?

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/02/11/climate/wolverines-climate-change.html?referringSource=articleShare

They’re Arctic Survivors. How Will They Adapt to Climate Change? Crisscrossing the tundra, digging dens, chasing prey: a rare look at the elusive wolverine in a rapidly changing region.

28/10/2020

Behind the scenes... Alice the sled dog patiently waiting for her time in front of the camera during our most recent virtual school assembly.

17/10/2020

Have you ever seen a pitcher plant before? Did you know they are carnivorous? We found these recently in a floating bog. Fall colors don’t just happen in the treetops. We love the colors you can find in bogs in the fall!

Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share 04/10/2020

Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share

Students from a school in the Chicago area made these really cool animations that were inspired by one of our virtual school assemblies using a program called Scratch, which was developed at MIT.
https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/27505513/

We are connecting with dozens of schools this fall using virtual assemblies and it is aways fun to see the creative ways students and teachers are learning and sharing during this challenging time.

Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share Make games, stories and interactive art with Scratch. (scratch.mit.edu)

The Wilderness Classroom Organization now takes appointments on their Page. 04/10/2020

The Wilderness Classroom Organization now takes appointments on their Page.

The Wilderness Classroom Organization now takes appointments on their Page.

22/09/2020

Happy Fall! Did you know today is the first day of fall? Check out the Notes from the Trail we wrote all about the Fall Equinox here: https://wildernessclassroom.org/seasonal-changes-fall-equinox/

Opinion | Kids Can Learn to Love Learning, Even Over Zoom 07/09/2020

Opinion | Kids Can Learn to Love Learning, Even Over Zoom

mystery, exploration, and meaning. . .

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/opinion/remote-school.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

Opinion | Kids Can Learn to Love Learning, Even Over Zoom There are ways for teachers to nurture curiosity — and they’re especially important in online classes.

Timeline photos 17/08/2020

This fox was very curious about us and our campsite. We spent several days in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario as we were making our way from Lake Superior out to the Atlantic Ocean during the 3-year, 12,000-mile, human-powered North American Odyssey.

Timeline photos 05/08/2020

Attention teachers and parents! We have transformed the Wilderness Classroom’s live school assemblies into virtual school assemblies, using Zoom. With the onset of COVID-19 in the spring, we began down this path— and since then we have greatly expanded our programming for the fall. Whether your students are returning to a virtual, in-person, or hybrid classroom, we’d love to set up an online assembly with you. We cover a wide range of adventurous topics including the Amazon Rainforest, Dogsledding, Ocean Habitats, Character Education, and A Year in the Wilderness. Check out the link below to see the details. Also, please help us spread the word to other parents and teachers!

https://wildernessclassroom.org/skype-lessons/

Timeline photos 16/07/2020

Whether you’re out on a hike in the woods or a walk through the park, don’t forget to look up! You never know what will be looking 👀 back at you! We spotted this curious pine marten in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness when we spent a whole year there.

Timeline photos 12/07/2020

We’ve had some interesting animal encounters on our expeditions over the years, but none as entertaining as this one. At a BWCAW campsite during our Year in the Wilderness this spruce grouse was completely unafraid of us and rather territorial about the latrine area.

Timeline photos 11/07/2020

White pelicans fishing in Scoop Rapids on the Sturgeon-Weir River caught our attention. We stopped to watch their skillful maneuvers in the churning water. These were rapids we had chosen to portage around as we made steady progress south during the North American Odyssey.

Timeline photos 10/07/2020

Well, hello there! You never know what you’ll find along the BC coast. We kayaked the Inside Passage in 2010. Whenever the current was against us, we hugged the shore, spending hours taking in the intricate web of life in the intertidal zone. Observing this black bear as it searched for breakfast was one of our most memorable encounters.
Current Designs Kayaks North Water Paddle Sports Equipment MTI Life Jackets Mitchell Paddles, Inc.

Timeline photos 07/07/2020

Couldn’t resist sharing another shot of Fennel. This dog truly would follow us anywhere.
Wenonah Canoe Granite Gear

Timeline photos 05/07/2020

This position doesn’t look very comfortable, but it was Fennel’s favorite way to nap! We sure do miss him. Half lab, half sled dog, he was kind of a black sheep of the sled dog world. Despite his floppy ears and incessant barking whenever the dogsled stopped, Fennel was one of the best lead dogs we’ve had the privilege to work with. He became the very relaxed canoe dog you see here during his retirement. We were so glad to have him as a third team member during the canoeing portion of the North American Odyssey, as we traveled about 2,700 miles from Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories to Grand Portage, Minnesota in our Wenonah Canoe Itasca. Fennel earned his keep by carrying some food and gear in his little backpack across every portage. He also “wrote” a weekly post on the Wilderness Classroom website called Fennel’s Field Notes— that was immensely popular with the students who were following our journey online. Here’s to one of the best adventure dogs ever!

We’ve had some great Learning Adventures over the years! Here is one of our favorite shots from the Inside Passage. In the spring of 2010 we began our nearly 12,000 mile North American Odyssey by kayaking from Bellingham, WA to Skagway, AK. The view of snow-capped mountains dropping into the ocean never gets old.
#northamericanodyssey #wildernessclassroom #onlinelearning #onlineexpeditions #learningadventures #insidepassage #seakayak #kayakalaska #liveoutdoors @cdkayak @mti_life_jackets  @mitchell_paddles 29/06/2020

We’ve had some great Learning Adventures over the years! Here is one of our favorite shots from the Inside Passage. In the spring of 2010 we began our nearly 12,000 mile North American Odyssey by kayaking from Bellingham, WA to Skagway, AK. The view of snow-capped mountains dropping into the ocean never gets old.
#northamericanodyssey #wildernessclassroom #onlinelearning #onlineexpeditions #learningadventures #insidepassage #seakayak #kayakalaska #liveoutdoors @cdkayak @mti_life_jackets @mitchell_paddles

We’ve had some great Learning Adventures over the years! Here is one of our favorite shots from the Inside Passage. In the spring of 2010 we began our nearly 12,000 mile North American Odyssey by kayaking from Bellingham, WA to Skagway, AK. The view of snow-capped mountains dropping into the ocean never gets old.
Current Designs Kayaks MTI Life Jackets Mitchell Paddles, Inc.

We’ve had some great Learning Adventures over the years! Here is one of our favorite shots from the Inside Passage. In the spring of 2010 we began our nearly 12,000 mile North American Odyssey by kayaking from Bellingham, WA to Skagway, AK. The view of snow-capped mountains dropping into the ocean never gets old. #northamericanodyssey #wildernessclassroom #onlinelearning #onlineexpeditions #learningadventures #insidepassage #seakayak #kayakalaska #liveoutdoors @cdkayak @mti_life_jackets @mitchell_paddles

Sea Change Expeditions 2020 - First live webinar 24/05/2020

Sea Change Expeditions 2020 - First live webinar

Here’s a great educational opportunity! Our friends at Amicus Adventure Sailing have begun conducting virtual school assemblies.

Sea Change Expeditions 2020 - First live webinar This is a recording of our first interactive webinar from Amicus II with middle school students who are learning from home.

Mother Sea Turtles Might Be Sneakier Than They Look 20/05/2020

Mother Sea Turtles Might Be Sneakier Than They Look

Wow!

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/science/sea-turtles-decoy-nests.html?referringSource=articleShare

Mother Sea Turtles Might Be Sneakier Than They Look The large reptiles make decoy nests to distract predators during an oft-ignored behavior following their egg laying, researchers say.

Sea Change Expeditions Introduction for Teachers 18/05/2020

Sea Change Expeditions Introduction for Teachers

Attention teachers! Check out this video for a great educational opportunity. The Gordon family is conducting their 7th annual Sea Change Expedition on Lake Superior. They’re connecting with classrooms virtually as they sail on the lake and study climate change, microplastics, and more.

Sea Change Expeditions Introduction for Teachers This video will show educators how their students can connect virtually with Sea Change as the Gordon's explore Lake Superior on their expedition sailboat an...

The Wilderness Classroom Organization updated their website address. 24/04/2020

The Wilderness Classroom Organization updated their website address.

The Wilderness Classroom Organization updated their website address.

Earth Day Tribute 23/04/2020

Earth Day Tribute

Two amazing young explorers made this great Earth Day video! This got us wondering if any other kids out there have made videos about Earth Day or the environment or wild places that they love. We'd love to see them!

Earth Day Tribute These kids are serious about Earth Day.

Trans-Amazon Expedition: 3/12/2007: Trans-Amazon Intro video 27/03/2020

Trans-Amazon Expedition: 3/12/2007: Trans-Amazon Intro video

Follow this link to play our intro video for the Trans-Amazon Expedition!

http://www.wildernessclassroom.com/amazon/2007/03/post.html

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25/03/2020

This made us laugh! What are some other things you could use to demonstrate ?

We hope you enjoy this responsible recreation advice from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks as much as we do!

Stay safe out there.

24/03/2020

www.wildernessclassroom.com

Yesterday we shared the Trans-Amazon Expedition with you, today we have the corresponding curriculum guide! Hope all you and parents enjoy!

http://www.wildernessclassroom.com/members/TAE/TAE2/TAE2_web.pdf

www.wildernessclassroom.com

Trans-Amazon Expedition: Notes from the Trail Archives 23/03/2020

Trans-Amazon Expedition: Notes from the Trail Archives

How would you like to be (virtually) transported to the Amazon Rainforest right now? We've dug into our expedition archives to provide some tools for teachers and new parents. Below is a link to our Notes from the Trail recorded during our Trans-Amazon Expedition. Scroll to the bottom of the page and start at Update 0: Preparing for Peru, then work your way up. Have fun exploring the Amazon!

http://www.wildernessclassroom.com/amazon/expedition_updates/notes_from_the_trail/index.html

Trans-Amazon Expedition: Notes from the Trail Archives

Our Story

The Wilderness Classroom started with a simple idea: to improve students' core academic skills and appreciation for the environment by introducing elementary and middle school students to the wonders of exploration and wilderness travel.

Eight years and ten expeditions later, the Wilderness Classroom is a 501(c)3 that reaches over 1,800 teachers and 65,000 students around the globe.

Our mission has never changed. We seek to instill a lifelong appreciation of the natural world while improving basic skills like reading, critical thinking, and communication by highlighting the joy of discovery.

Since it is usually unfeasible to load a classroom of 4th grade students onto a plane and fly them to remote locations, we use a combination of interactive internet-based learning tools on our website www.wildernessclassroom.com, teacher training, and live school programs to accomplish our mission.

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Syenite Pass
Hiking the Chilkoot Trail

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