Carleton/St. Olaf present “A Year in the Wilderness: Protecting the Planet One Adventure at a Time”

April 4, 2017

Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges invite the public to a special presentation, “A Year in the Wilderness: Protecting the Planet One Adventure at a Time,” on Monday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Viking Theater at St. Olaf College. Through images, video, and words, explorers Dave and Amy Freeman will highlight their efforts to protect the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area.

The Freeman’s story is filled with perseverance, joy, hope, and their unwavering commitment to wilderness protection. For the past three years, the two have committed their lives to the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters.

In 2014, Dave and Amy traveled by canoe and sailboat from Ely to Washington, DC, on the Paddle to DC as a first step in their efforts to protect the Wilderness. Their next challenge was to spend an entire year exploring Minnesota’s Wilderness Area.

On September 23, 2016, the Freemans completed an adventure advocacy expedition after spending a solid 366 days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in an effort to highlight the need to protect the area from the threat of proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the Wilderness edge.

Since they departed on their Year in the Wilderness, Dave and Amy camped at approximately 120 different sites, explored 500 lakes, rivers and streams, and traveled more than 2,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog team. Their adventures were chronicled in a stunning short-form documentary film, “Bear Witness,” that follows their year-long adventure. The film, recipient of a top prize at the 2017 Environmental Film Awards, will be screened at the April 10 event.

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This event is supported by the 2017 Sigurd Olson Lecture Series, co-produced by the departments of environmental studies at both Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-5248. The Viking Theater is located in the Buntrock Commons at St. Olaf College, 1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Northfield.