Expeditions

Expedition
When one listens to the silence in the rainforest, one learns to distinguish what is important from the unimportant. It has become important to me that this can happen to the children of our children later.
Astrid, Environmental Envoy

Wisdom Seekers – Knowledge Keepers

Wilderness expeditions are the basis for our nature conservation concept. During our visits, the documentation and scientific recording of unique wilderness areas is in the foreground. Then, we decide which areas are bought and protected in the long term. For example, several project expeditions to the nature reserves have already been carried out in order to measure tree biomass and to determine biodiversity. A special highlight are the environmental ambassador trips together with locals, for example with Canadian First Nations into the temperate rainforests and the Western Arctic.

On our expeditions, we are always accompanied by scientists, photographers and filmmakers, who bring partners and interested people at home closer to the uniqueness of our wilderness regions.

On our blog, you can follow ongoing expeditions live or browse through past adventures.

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Environmental Amabassador Program

With our scholarship program „Wisdom Seekers – Knowledge Keepers“ we want to give young people regardless of their financial situation the opportunity to experience nature conservation directly with enthusiasm. On the expedition, they can experience the previously protected areas up close and thus form an opinion about our nature conservation concept. Thanks to the support of scientists and local guides, the environmental ambassadors discover the unique flora and fauna of the wilderness in their own research projects.

In exchange with indigenous elders and youths, the ambassadors learn about their way of life with nature. After the expedition, the ambassadors inform the public in lectures, media reports and exhibitions. As passionate ambassadors, they inspire many thousand classmates to take action for the environment. Most of the environmental ambassadors stay with us for a long time and contribute to the work of Wilderness International in many different ways with inspiring ideas.

Projects

Drones for Conservation
We want to transparently protect forests. For us, that means that you can track your donation down to the exact square meter that was protected with it. To ensure this, we take aerial pictures of our conservation areas and provide exact geo-coordinates. Up until now, this was a very time consuming and resource-intense process. However, on our last trip to Peru, the two drone pilots Martin Herkommer and Brock Ryder from Quantum Systems supported us. We are super excited to now be collaborating with this company from Munich. Thanks to their support, we were able to take high-resolution aerial pictures of large areas of forest in next to no time. And thanks to the collaboration with the software company Pix4D, we can piece them together into one big aerial picture in a matter of hours! Added to that, Martin and Brock flew drones with LIDAR and multispectral cameras. The resulting images allow us to create 3D and thermal images of the forest. That way, we can determine the carbon sequestration capacity and biodiversity of the forest areas we protect. This does not only save a lot of time and donations which else would have had to be spent on difficult, sometimes dangerous expeditions into the forest. Most importantly, we can conduct crucial research of the conservation areas and monitor them without having to disturb them by walking through and making trails.
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Take part

Your Path Into the Wilderness

Are you in 9th to 11th grade and want to take part in an expedition? Apply for a scholarship to become an Environmental Ambassador! We are looking for curious and enthusiastic students that want to get active for the protection of endangered wilderness areas. If your school has participated in the Walk for the Wild, you can apply. When a new expedition is scheduled, we publish all information and application materials under „News“, on Facebook and here:

More Information

Shoud you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!
Canada: +1 (780) 554-6892, Germany: +49 (0) 351 – 314 02 220