Polar Bears International is offering a spring outreach schedule dedicated to help provide online education every Tuesday and Thursday. Check out their schedule below and tune into the Tundra Connections cam to watch:
Week of March 30th – April 3rd: Emerging from the Den! A Special Time of Year for Moms and Cubs
Recommended Curriculum: Polar Bear Tracker
Recommended Webcast (elementary): Back to Polar Bear Basics
Recommended Webcast (secondary): Researching Moms & Cubs
Tuesday, March 31st Noon Central
Webcast: Emerging from the Den! Researching Moms and Cubs
Panelists: BJ Kirschhoffer, Geoff York, Kt Miller
Spring is a special time of year when polar bear cubs emerge from their dens and explore the outside world for the very first time. Join us to learn more about moms and cubs and how scientists study polar bear families emerging from their dens!
Thursday, April 2nd, Noon Central
Live Chat: Polar Bears Under the Northern Lights!
Panelists: Thea Bechshøft, BJ Kirschhoffer, Kt Miller
In the Arctic winter nights are long and polar bears wander the sea ice under the northern lights. What are polar bears up to right now? How do they make their way around in the dark? Can they see the northern lights?
Week of April 6th – 10th: Arctic Food Web Top to Bottom
Recommended Curriculum: Arctic Biodiversity
Recommended Webcast (elementary): At the Top of the World with Polar Bears
Recommended Webcast (secondary): Life in the Arctic Top to Bottom
Tuesday, April 7th, Noon Central
Webcast: Arctic Food Web Top to Bottom
Panelists: Thea Bechshøft, Kt Miller or BJ Kirschhoffer, TBD
The Arctic ecosystem is oh-so-cool. Find out about how things are connected from the top predator, the polar bear, all the way down to the life-supporting sea ice. Learn why keeping this region healthy matters to polar bears and people, too.
Thursday, April 9th, Noon Central
Live Chat: Why Sea Ice is “Cool”
Panelists: Geoff York, Kt Miller or BJ Kirschhoffer, TBD
Why is sea ice important to the Arctic ecosystem? It’s much more than just salty frozen water! Learn more about why the frozen ocean is “cool.”
Week of April 13th – 17th: Virtual Field Trip
- Recommended Curriculum: Street View and Polar Bears
- Recommended Webcast Archive (elementary): Field Trip to the Churchill Northern Studies Center
- Recommended Webcast Archive (secondary): STEM on the Tundra – Cool Jobs!
Tuesday, April 14th, Noon Central
Webcast: Virtual Field Trip to Churchill! The Polar Bear Capital of the World
Panelists: Krista Wright, Kt or BJ
Join us on an adventure to Churchill! How different is it from your hometown? What is it like to live with polar bears and why there are so many polar bears in Churchill? What other animals call Churchill home?
Thursday, April 16th, Noon Central
Live Chat: Our favorite nature moments on the Subarctic Tundra
Panelists: Krista Wright, Kt or BJ
The Subarctic tundra near Churchill is a special place. Join our team to view the vast expanse and hear about our favorite moments in this amazing ecosystem and the animals that call it home.
Week of April 20th – 24th: All About Polar Bears
- Recommended Curriculum: Top of the World
- Recommended Webcast Archive (elementary): Answering Your Questions from Around the World
- Recommended Webcast Archive (secondary): Connecting Climate Change in Your Backyard
Tuesday, April 21st, Noon Central
Webcast: All About Polar Bears
Panelists: Geoff York, BJ Kirschhoffer
Fur, teeth, claws, and fat- that’s what polar bears are made of. Join Polar Bears International to learn more about our favorite big white bear, its cubs, and the sea ice they call home.
Wednesday, April 22nd, Noon Central
Webcast: Special Earth Day Celebration
Thursday, April 24th, Noon Central
Live Chat: What do polar bears smell like? …and more fun facts!
Panelists: Thea Bechshøft, Kt Miller
What does a polar bear smell like? How far away can a polar bear smell a seal? Who has better hearing: a polar bear or your family dog? Can a polar bear see the Northern Lights? Learn about how a polar bear’s amazing senses help them find food and survive the arctic winters!