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Join Polar Bears International for Educational Live Chats!

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!

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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?

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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.

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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.”

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Week of April 13th – 17th: Virtual Field Trip


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


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

Panelists: TBD


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!