Title sponsorship in place to engage youth and support marine
VANCOUVER, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - 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 rowing expeditions: a 750-mile
circumnavigation of Vancouver Island (April 2012), and later for the
December 2012 trans-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 and organizational 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 environment around them. "I am absolutely thrilled
with The Canadian Wildlife Federation sponsorship and the increased
reach in educating kids and the public at large about the fascinating
and critical intersection of marine ecosystems, from the unique vantage
point of an ocean rowboat," says rower and OAR Northwest President,
During the 2012 Salish Sea and Africa to the Americas expeditions, rowers will gather various data from the ocean
environment, marine life and themselves. Through free web-based
tracking and an adventure learning curriculum found at OARnorthwest.com, students and adults alike will virtually join the rowers every oar
stroke of the way. Students enrolled in the fee-based program for
schools in Washington and British Columbia will meet expedition team
members, learn marine and maritime studies and practice analyzing sleep
"The OAR Northwest expeditions will draw attention to the health of
marine ecosystems and re-connect the public with the outdoors, water
sports and conservation. It's an exciting course, with an ocean of
possibilities for water education and engagement," says Wade Luzny,
CEO-Executive Vice President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
OAR Northwest and the Canadian Wildlife Federation attended the 2012
Vancouver Boat Show to formally announce the partnership.
Once at sea, the rowers will face great challenges as they venture
around Vancouver Island and across the Atlantic from West Africa to
South America in a 29-foot specialized ocean rowboat. "This boat is
unlike any other type of rowboat," says OAR Northwest expedition member
& Olympic Gold Medalist in rowing Adam 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., works closely extraordinary community
members and ocean rowers to implement the education, research and
service programs of OAR Northwest. Pacific Northwest schools will join
the expedition's journey in real-time and gain unprecedented personal
contact with the team and rowing vessel. Teachers and administrators
can find more information and enroll online.
ABOUT OAR NORTHWEST
Founded in 2005, OAR Northwest connects with partners to reach its
expedition and program goals, while propelling youth, community members
and businesses to their own extraordinary achievement. The crew for
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 Race veterans
Jordan Hanssen and Greg Spooner, and national level lightweight rower
Richard Tarbill. Jordan and Greg rowed 3,200 nautical miles across the
North Atlantic in 72 days from the USA to the UK without assistance.
This Pacific Northwest‐based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is
currently raising awareness and funds for its 2012 expeditions.. OAR
Northwest proves that solid teams faced with extreme challenges can
inspire 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 fostering awareness and appreciation of our
natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the
environment, sponsoring research, developing and delivering education
programs, promoting the sustainable use 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 visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.
ABOUT OAR NORTHWEST'S EDUCATION PROGRAM
The OAR Northwest education program aims to motivate student learning,
and the approach is to make students 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 a student's academic
excellence. Students explore real life and world issues through
authentic classroom and out-of-school learning experiences. Programs
launch in March2012 at schools. Enroll today by visiting the education
tab on the OAR Northwest website.
SOURCE CANADIAN WILDLIFE FEDERATION
For further information:
Greg Spooner, OAR Northwest (206) 795-4184, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Robison, Canadian Wildlife Federation (306) 550-4155, email@example.com