Polar Bears International is offering a special Tundra Connection series, Chill Out with Polar Bears, for students, life-long learners, and all those interested in polar bears and the Arctic.
During the live programming you’ll hear from polar bear storytellers and experts, and even get a chance to ask them questions.
Follow their schedule here. You’ll also find recommended curriculum for each session here.
On the dates and times of the programming, watch here.
Besides the live presentations, you’ll also find archived Tundra Connections sessions, presentations and materials, and lesson plans.
There will be webcasts on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and live chats with scientists on Thursdays at 1 p.m. In addition, there’s a special Earth Day webcast on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020, at 1 p.m.
Week 1: Emerging from the Den! A Special Time of Year for Moms and Cubs
Tuesday, March 31st
Webcast: Emerging from the Den! Researching Moms and Cubs
Panelists: BJ Kirschhoffer, Geoff York, Kt Miller (PBI staff)
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
Live Chat: Polar Bears Under the Northern Lights!
Panelists: Dr. 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 2: Arctic Food Web Top to Bottom
Tuesday, April 7th
Webcast: Arctic Food Web Top to Bottom
Panelists: Dr. Thea Bechshøft, Kt Miller, BJ Kirschhoffer
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
Live Chat: Why Sea Ice is “Cool”
Panelists: Geoff York, Jodi Reimer, Kt Miller
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 3: Virtual Field Trip
Tuesday, April 14th
Webcast: Virtual Field Trip to Churchill! The Polar Bear Capital of the World
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
Live Chat: Our Favorite Nature Moments on the Subarctic Tundra
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 4: All About Polar Bears
Tuesday, April 21st
Webcast: All About Polar Bears
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
Webcast: Special Earth Day Celebration
Thursday, April 24th
Live Chat: What Do Polar Bears Smell Like? … and More Fun Facts!
Panelists: Dr. Thea Bechshøft, TBD
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!