Beyond A Book links adventure and education, creating meaningful experiences for young people, while fostering respect for our Planet and giving students role models in the world of science and adventure. Check out what we have been up to:

It is hard to believe, but there are canoes buried under all that stuff, and those canoes made the source to sea adventure possible.

It is hard to believe, but there are canoes buried under all that stuff, and those canoes made the source to sea adventure possible.

On The River

On The River is an education-linked, canoe adventure. From July 2015 to December 2015 the 4 person team traveled from Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park, Mt to the Gulf of Mexico, via the Missouri and Mississippi River. Along the route the team connected to students with classroom presentations, river field trips, and Take 5 videos.  The team also collected water samples to test the river for microplastics. Check out their photos, blogs, and more here.

Stats:

  • 160 days
  •  3,351 miles
  • 13 states
  • 7,397 feet of elevation loss
  • worked with over 1,500 students at 15 schools
  • ZERO - times we capsized!
 
Everyone on the team loved seeing each state, as every state had something unique to offer them.

Everyone on the team loved seeing each state, as every state had something unique to offer them.

Bike49

From May 2010 to June 2011 the bike49 team traveled to 49 states (all but Hawaii) on education-linked bicycle adventure. Along the way the team connected with students all over the United States about the diversity of the country, the fun of bicycle travel, and the importance of healthy lifestyles for a healthy planet.

This education-linked adventure was an amazing learning experience for the team, and they gained many valuable skills to make future trips more successful. Check out their photos, blogs, and more here.

Stats:

  • 391 days
  • 15,325 miles
  • 49 states
  • 79 flat tires
  • temperatures from 3-100 °F
  • worked with over 3,500 students
 
While every road was challenging the sites and experiences along the way made the trip very rewarding.

While every road was challenging the sites and experiences along the way made the trip very rewarding.

Spoon In The Road

From May 2013 to May 2014 the team traveled through South and Central America by bicycle. They shared stories and photos from the saddle as they learned Spanish, searched for wildlife, met the local people, sought out dirt roads, epic views and, of course, delicious bowls of ice cream. Check out their photos, blogs, and more here.

Stats:

  • 360 days
  • 9,583 miles  (15.422 km)
  • 12 countries 
  • 90 flat tires
  • highest pass 6,043 ft (4,890 m)
  • 8 languages spoken - or at least we tried to speak