Tundra Connections Schedule

Every year, leading scientists and educators take part in our Tundra Connections webcasts. Join Polar Bears International staff and guests to learn more about polar bears and the Arctic--and come with questions! Here's how: check out the schedule below to find the webcasts that interest you. Then register and watch on our Tundra Connections page at the appropriate time.


: Discovery Education
Panelists: Brad Fountain (Discovery Education) with Steve Amstrup, Alysa McCall, & BJ Kirschhoffer (Polar Bears International) 

Thursday, October 26, 10 am CT; K-5
Paws Up for Polar Bears - Missed it? Watch the archive.
What makes polar bears so cool? Join us to learn some neat polar bear facts and how you can help protect this very special animal, no matter where you live. Be sure to bring your questions, we want to know what you want to know!

Thursday, October 26, 12 pm CT; Gr 6-8+
Cold Careers: Working with Polar Bears - Missed it? Watch the archive.
Ever wondered what it might be like to work with the world’s largest bear? Tune in to learn about some very different jobs that all involve polar bears, and find out what skills you might need (or already have!) to do the same. 

Panelists: Jon Aars (Norwegian Polar Institute), Evan Richardson (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Steve Amstrup (Polar Bears International), and other PBI staff 

Monday, October 30, 12 pm CT; Gr 3-8+
Polar Bear Planet - Missed it? Watch the archive.
Can you name the five countries with wild polar bears? Do you know how different countries study and protect wild polar bears? Learn about the different polar bear subpopulations from our panel of experts who have worked with the white bear all around the globe, and bring your best questions! 

Monday, October 30, 2:30 pm CT; All ages
Our 10 Favorite Things About Polar Bears (Quark Summit) - Missed it? Watch the archive.
Tune in for our Top 10 favorite things about polar bears! Sponsored by Quark Expeditions, a major supporter of Polar Bears International.

Tuesday, October 31, 10:30 am CT; Gr 8-12+
The Path to Polar Bears - Missed it? Watch the archive.
Our guests have worked with polar bears across the Arctic in very different ways. Tune in to learn how they became polar bear scientists, what they love about their job, and the tools they use for research. Maybe one day you’ll join them in the field! 

Thursday, November 2, 2:30 pm CT; Gr 8-12+
Telling the Truth About Polar Bears (with PBI’s chief scientist, Steve Amstrup)
When doing science, we must make decisions based on evidence. Discover how we find evidence, how we use evidence to guide our actions, and what evidence we have that climate change is both caused by humans and is impacting polar bears. Happily, evidence also shows us that we can stop climate change and protect polar bears—learn how!

Panelists: Alysa McCall, Marissa Krouse, & BJ Kirschhoffer (Polar Bears International, with other staff joining) 

Tune in throughout the week for special live chats, Facebook Live events, short videos, and more!

Friday, November 10th, 12 pm CT; For Zoological Staff- separate registration
All About Arctic Ambassador Centers
Join PBI’s program manager, Marissa Krouse, to learn about different ways that your institution can get more involved with PBI. Whether through event days, Climate Alliance, Project Polar Bear, captive research, or grant support, we can help you get more involved as an AAC. 

Sponsor (and Hosts on Nov. 13th)
: Frontier School Division
Panelists: Alysa McCall (PBI), Jacqueline Monteith (Frontier School Division), Bradley Hampson (Frontier School Division), Valeria Vergara (Vancouver Aquarium); PLUS more panelists to join at the Churchill Northern Studies Center, November 15 

Monday, November 13, 12:00 pm CT; Hosted by FSD for Manitoba Envirothon teams
Climate Change in the North – Manitoba Envirothon - Missed it? Watch the archive.
Tune in to find out more about the Manitoba Envirothon, which will be held in Churchill in 2018. This webcast serves as a resource for student teams participating in the event. 

Monday, November 13th, 3:00 pm CT; Hosted by FSD for Manitoba Educators
Approaches to Education in Manitoba - Missed it? Watch the archive.
Schools are spread wide and far in Northern Manitoba so how can we make sure everyone stays connected? Join Frontier School Division leaders for a discussion on how we can use technology to approach teaching across Manitoba’s geographical expanse. 

Tuesday, November 14th, 10:00 am CT; Gr 3-9+
It’s All White Up Here: Polar Bears and Belugas - Missed it? Watch the archive
The beluga whale may swim underwater while the polar bear makes its home on top of sea ice, but they have more in common than you might think! Tune in to compare the “canary of the sea” with the great white bear, learn how we study them, and find out how we can protect them both with the same actions.

Wednesday, November 15th, 1:00 pm CT; Gr 4-12+ (at Churchill Northern Studies Center)
Protecting Polar Bears and People
As the climate warms, sea ice is melting and polar bears are spending more time on or near land. Discover the different ways we can track these bears with cool technology and how we can keep polar bears and people safe and separate!


We're grateful to our Platinum Sponsor, Frontiers North Tundra Buggy Adventure. Generous support has also been provided by explore.org, the philanthropic media organization and multi-media arm of The Annenberg Foundation, as part of its Pearls of the Planet initiative, a variety of live feeds that aim to help people fall in love with the world again.

Special thanks also to Julene Reed, an Apple Distinguished Educator and PBI Education Advisory Council member, who directs the Tundra Connections program, and to Discovery Education, Frontier School Division, Churchill Northern Studies Center, and Canada Goose.