Wilderness International

The wilderness runs

Note: We are currently looking for schools that would like to test the new wilderness running concept with us this fall 2024. Digital and independent thanks to Fundoo

Are you in? Then get in touch quickly with us!


The first five schools to sign up will receive a live lecture from us and have the exclusive opportunity to ask expedition biologist and wildlife photographer Fabian Mühlberger questions.

Wilderness run - What is it?

Our fundraising run is an opportunity for students to get active in sports and to get involved ecologically: for the protection of the world's most biodiverse rainforests, a healthy climate and a greener school at home. 


You want to participate with your school? Write us a message!

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In our previous wilderness runs, the participating students:inside have already protected 1,350,125m2 of rainforest forever!

As participating students, you will choose one or more sponsors before the run. These can be private individuals or companies. Together, you determine a sum of money that will be donated for each lap run. The sponsors then donate the amount to us, Wilderness International. In this way, we protect valuable rainforest together.


Wilderness Runs

we organized at 68 schools in Germany from 2012 to 2020.



have participated in our lectures and runs.

1,3 Mio

m2 rainforest

we were able to put under protection forever through the donations we received.

Why should we get involved?

Only 2.8% of the Earth's land surface is still intact habitat.

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Protect rainforest now

They still exist in Canada and Peru: thousand-year-old giant trees, salmon-fishing grizzly bears and howling wolves in the temperate rainforest of the north; liana-clad jungle giants, mysterious jaguars and playful monkeys in the tropical rainforest of the south.


The rainforests are not only the most species-rich ecosystems in the world, but also the lungs of our planet: they bind huge amounts of CO2 in their biomass.

With the wilderness run we can protect them with combined forces!


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In lectures we talk about the peculiarities and threats to these unique ecosystems.

The SV of the Gymnasium Bad Essen independently organized a wilderness run with their fellow students and thus protected 20,000m2 of rainforest in Peru forever!

This is how wilderness running works! 

  1. Registration

    The registration is done by your teachers. They register your class as a running team at fundoo and send you the class link. There you can create your profile and enter your sponsors.

    Anyone can participate - regardless of whether you are in primary or secondary school, regardless of the type of school and regardless of where you are in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.


    For teachers: Please email us for all registration info. You should plan at least four weeks in advance.

  2. Preparation and organization

    Decide on a date and a suitable location for the run, inform the whole school, organize helpers and, if you wish, music and photographers.

    You should plan at least 3 weeks for the preparation. 

    We will provide you with detailed instructions for the fundraising run so that you don't forget anything.

  3. Lectures

    We explain how wilderness running works and why and what we are working together for: the protection of valuable ecosystems 

  4. Sponsor:search

    Start looking for people who will support you with a donation for every lap you run. Fundoo will send you a printable form for this purpose. After that, you can register your supporters online via the donation page. Or you send them a link and they enter their donation themselves.

  5. Running for the wilderness

    After a welcome and warm-up, you will have one hour to run as many laps as possible.
    In total, the run will take about 2 hours, plus arrival and departure if necessary.

  6. Collect donations

    Now tell your sponsors the number of laps you have run via your teachers or directly on fundoo. Now they have a few weeks to transfer their donation to us via fundoo. You may have to remind them again.

  7. Evaluation

    All participants receive a certificate of their protected forest, and the most dedicated runners even receive prizes. Sponsors receive a donation certificate.

  8. Use of the donations

    85% for international wildlife conservation
    15% for green projects at your own school

  9. School environmental projects

    15% of the collected money can be used for your own environmental project, e.g. for a green classroom, a biotope, indoor greening, or an insect hotel.

I still have questions about the process

Past wilderness runs

Past wilderness runs

Since 2008, we have already conducted more than 50 wilderness runs with over 40,000 students! Here you can find results, pictures and more info.

  • Wilderness International
    Wilderness Runs June 2018
    Next week it's finally time again: Our wilderness run series starts. It starts on Monday 25.6. in Dresden, then Mittweida follows and on Wednesday we round it all off in Leipzig. We are looking forward to three great days with thousands of hardworking runners, who are working for the protection of the last he
  • Wilderness International
    Wilderness Runs in March - Thank you for your commitment!
    The first wilderness run of the 2017 wilderness protection season took place this week. Spread over two days, about 550 students from four schools in Dresden and Pirna ran for environmental protection. We would like to thank you for your commitment and the effort you put into finding sponsors for the run.
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    Successful wilderness runs in 2016
    Dear Wilderness Runners and Sponsors, With the final evaluation events of the 2016 Wilderness Runs and the upcoming first runs of this year at the end of March, we are reviewing the past year and looking back at what we did together with