Since 2001 Dave and Amy Freeman have traveled over 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. National Geographic named Dave and Amy Adventurers of the Year in 2014 and their images, videos, and articles been published by a wide range of media sources from the CBC, NBC, and FOX to the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, Outside, Backpacker, Canoe and Kayak, and Minnesota Public Radio.
The Freemans are memorable speakers and skilled educators who use their wilderness journeys to inspire, educate and entertain a diverse range of audiences, from armchair adventurers and k-12 students to business leaders and seasoned wilderness travelers. They use exploration to highlight life lessons, conservation, and backcountry skills that benefit a varied audience. When Dave and Amy aren’t on expeditions or speaking tours, they guide canoe, kayak and dogsled trips near their home on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota.
The Freemans also run the Wilderness Classroom, an educational nonprofit organization that introduces kids to wild places and unique cultures. They actively engage thousands of elementary and middle school students in their expeditions using the internet and live school programs. The North American Odyssey, the latest of many such educational expeditions, actively engaged over 85,000 students through www.wildernessclassroom.org; Dave and Amy worked directly with over 25,000 students during school assemblies.
Watch this 3 minute National Geographic video to learn more about the Freemans.