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Vote Wilderness Classroom in the Canoe & Kayak Awards

Dave and Amy Freeman during the North American Odyssey
Dave and Amy Freeman during the North American Odyssey
Compliments of Wilderness Classroom

Vote Wilderness Classroom in the Canoe & Kayak Magazine Awards. If you have followed this column at all during the last couple of years you are familiar with the Wilderness Classroom, based out of the Chicago suburb of Willow Springs.

The last column I wrote about them had them finally finishing their 11,000 plus mile adventure around North America. Along the way they transmitted their adventure to the computers of thousands of elementary classroom students who tuned in and lived vicariously through them in the classroom and learned about the North American Continent’s wild places.

Related: Wilderness Classroom finish the epic North American Odyssey

They are now up for Canoe & Kayak Spirit of Adventure Award. I have not analyzed the other candidates, but it would be hard to top the resume of Dave and Amy Freeman over the last three years.

They circumnavigated the North American continent starting in Seattle, Washington on Earth Day in April of 2010. They kayaked up the northwest passage to Skagway, Alaska, then hiked across a portion of Alaska, Canoed the Dawson River, dogsledded through the Northwest Territories, canoed through Ontario and through the Great Lakes system to the St. Lawrence, braved Hurricane Sandy, and kayaked the Eastern Seaboard to their finish line in the Florida Keys.

I am exhausted even typing out their adventure. How could they not win the Spirit of Adventure. Voting for the award ends on June 30th, so click on the above link now and find Dave and Amy Freeman and give them the love they deserve.

Here is the word from the Wilderness Classroom from their recent press release:

Western Springs, IL-based Nonprofit Organization Nominated for Canoe & Kayak Magazine's "Spirit of Adventure Award"

Dave and Amy Freeman of the Western Springs, IL-based nonprofit, Wilderness Classroom, have been nominated for Canoe & Kayak Magazine's "Spirit of Adventure" Award. The The Freemans are one of five nominees for this award. There are several award categories such as male and female "Paddlers of the Year", "Filmmaking Achievement" and "Expedition of the Year". Winners of the awards are determined by online vote. Voting is open through June 30. Vote for the "Spirit of Adventure" Award here:

The Freemans were nominated due to their recent completion of the North American Odyssey, an 11,700 mile canoe, kayak and dogsled expedition across North America. School children participated in the adventure via the website,

This is the second annual Canoe & Kayak Awards. Winners will be announced on August 1 at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, UT.

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