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OAR Northwest finds title sponsor in Canadian Wildlife Federation

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Feb. 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
February 10, 2012 3:04 pm

From OAR Northwest:

Ocean adventure rowing and adventure education organization, OAR Northwest,is pleased to announce a title sponsorship agreement with the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF).
CWF’s presence will be immediately felt and recognized as they come aboard for the next two ocean rowingexpeditions: a 750-mile circumnavigation of Vancouver Island (April 2012), and later for the December 2012trans-Atlantic expedition. Both will connect the ocean rowing craft to classrooms and communities in Liberia,Venezuela, and the Pacific Northwest.

CWF will be integral to OAR Northwest expeditions and programming, facilitating financing andorganizational support toward outfitting “the world’s most technologically advanced rowboat.”
OAR Northwest and CWF share a common vision of exploration within one’s self and with the environmentaround them. “I am absolutely thrilled with The Canadian Wildlife Federation sponsorship and the increasedreach in educating kids and the public at large about the fascinating and critical intersection of marineecosystems, from the unique vantage point of an ocean rowboat,” says rower and OAR Northwest President,Jordan Hanssen.

During the 2012 Salish Sea and Africa to the Americas expeditions, rowers will gather various data from theocean environment, marine life and themselves. Through free web-based tracking and an adventure learningcurriculum found at OARnorthwest.com, students and adults alike will virtually join the rowers everyoar stroke of the way. Students enrolled in the fee-based program for schools in Washington and BritishColumbia will meet expedition team members, learn marine and maritime studies and practice analyzingsleep study data.

“The OAR Northwest expeditions will draw attention to the health of marine ecosystems and re-connect thepublic with the outdoors, water sports and conservation. It’s an exciting course, with an ocean of possibilitiesfor water education and engagement,” says Wade Luzny, CEO-Executive Vice President of the CanadianWildlife Federation.

OAR Northwest and the Canadian Wildlife Federation attended the 2012 Vancouver Boat Show to formallyannounce the partnership.

Once at sea, the rowers will face great challenges as they venture around Vancouver Island and across theAtlantic from West Africa to South America in a 29-foot specialized ocean rowboat. “This boat is unlikeany other type of rowboat,” says OAR Northwest expedition member & Olympic Gold Medalist in rowingAdam Kreek. “The expedition team uses North America’s most technologically advanced rowboat as a home,laboratory and life-support on an unforgiving ocean.”

To create a lasting impact among local youth, OAR Northwest Executive Director, Otto Loggers Ed.M., worksclosely extraordinary community members and ocean rowers to implement the education, research andservice programs of OAR Northwest. Pacific Northwest schools will join the expedition’s journey in real-timeand gain unprecedented personal contact with the team and rowing vessel. Teachers and administrators canfind more information and enroll online.

ABOUT OAR NORTHWEST: Founded in 2005, OAR Northwest connects with partners to reach its expedition and program goals, whilepropelling youth, community members and businesses to their own extraordinary achievement. The crewfor next two expeditions, including a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island and mid-Atlantic crossing:Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist Adam Kreek; Guinness World Record holders and North Atlantic Rowing Raceveterans Jordan Hanssen and Greg Spooner, and national level lightweight rower Richard Tarbill. Jordanand Greg rowed 3,200 nautical miles across the North Atlantic in 72 days from the USA to the UK withoutassistance. This Pacific Northwest-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is currently raising awareness andfunds for its 2012 expeditions.. OAR Northwest proves that solid teams faced with extreme challenges caninspire excellence. For more information visit: OARnorthwest.com.

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation: The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to fosteringawareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on theenvironment, sponsoring research, developing and delivering education programs, promoting the sustainableuse of natural resources, recommending changes to policy and co-operating with like-minded partners,CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information visitCanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.

ABOUT OAR NORTHWEST’S EDUCATION PROGRAM: The OAR Northwest education program aims to motivate student learning, and the approach is to makestudents active participants in the learning process. Face-to-face interactions with expedition crew members,innovative online tracking technology and an adventure learning curriculum contribute to building astudent’s academic excellence. Students explore real life and world issues through authentic classroom andout-of-school learning experiences. Programs launch in March2012 at schools. Enroll today by visiting theeducation tab on the OAR Northwest website.

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