The Atlantic Odyssey Kayak Expedition to Benefit the One Ocean Project

Friday, 20 November 2009
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The Atlantic Odyssey

Chicago, IL - On January 31, 2010, Glenn Charles will be embarking on a sea kayaking expedition along the North American Atlantic coast. The solo expedition will be in conjunction with the One Ocean Project and the Wilderness Classroom Organization. The One Ocean Project is a non-profit organization that uses human powered transportation to educate and create awareness about the mutual benefits the community-at-large derives from a balanced use of the worlds oceans, rivers and Great Lakes. The Wilderness Classroom, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving students' core academic skills and appreciation for the environment by introducing elementary and middle school students to the wonders of exploration and wilderness travel.

Starting in Key West Florida, the expedition will traverse the outside Atlantic Coast line ending in Nova Scotia. The start date of January 31, 2010 is particularly important so as to guarantee arriving in the Northern Latitudes before temperatures drop and the fall tropical storm season sets in. However, this will force Glenn to paddle for 3 months during the active winter Atlantic storm season. Battling Nor'easter storms that produce high winds with gusts often in excess of hurricane force, pounding surf, and extremely heavy rains, the first months will be sure to create many difficult and challenging situations.

The eight-month-long journey will cover over 3,300 miles using only human-power transportation. As both an adventurer and photographer, Glenn will be using both still and video imagery to document the beauty of this critical body of water and coastline along with the environmental stresses it currently faces. A special emphasis will be placed on documenting the stresses being felt by key Atlantic Coast Wildlife including Manatees, Seals, Sea Lions, Turtles, Whales and Fish affected by Drift Netting. In partnership with the Wilderness Classroom, school children will be able to interact with Glenn via the Wilderness Classroom. The Wilderness Classroom (www.wildernessclassroom.org) started with a simple idea: to show students from around the world the wonders of exploration and wilderness travel. Six years and ten expeditions later, the Wilderness Classroom is a 501(c)3 that reaches over 60,000 students around the globe. Their goal has never changed: seeking to instill a lifelong appreciation of wilderness in young people by highlighting the joy of discovery. This partnership will allow schools and children from all over the nation an opportunity to interact and learn about the North American Atlantic Coast as Glenn paddles and documents the coast.

As one of the main missions of the One Ocean Project, all imagery and multi-media will be placed in the One Ocean Project Coastal Media Library, a repository of images that document our waters, wildlife and environmental issues. Glenn's 2009 Expedition, covering over 1700 miles of solo paddling through the pristine waters of Washington State, British Columbia, Southeast Alaska, and Glacier Bay National Park, along with the previous 6 months spent documenting the Everglades National Park, serve as the foundation for the Coastal Media Library. The Coastal Media Library provides educational institutions, environmental groups, and other like minded non-profit organizations with a rich source of royalty free imagery that can be used for educational and awareness purposes of their choosing.

The North America Atlantic Coast Expedition is scheduling media interviews prior to, during, and after the trip, as well as post-expedition slide shows and presentations for winter of 2010 and spring of 2011. For more information, contact the One Ocean Project at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The expedition will be tracked on the www.gteadventureblog.com website.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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