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 Arcticand 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.

Have a question for our panelists? Use the chat window on our Tundra Connections page or email them to us at questions@pbears.org. Also check out our informal live chats and FAQ.

WEBCASTS - FALL 2018

WEEK 1: THE ARCTIC ECOSYSTEM
Panelists: Jody Reimer (University of Alberta), Dr. Flavio Lehner (National Center for Atmospheric Research, Colorado), with Dr. Steven Amstrup, Alysa McCall, and BJ Kirschhoffer (Polar Bears International) 

Wednesday, Oct 24th, 1 pm CT
At the Top of the World with Polar Bears, Gr 3+
Polar bears are spread across the Arctic, living in some of the coldest regions on earth. Find out what it’s like to live on sea ice, what adaptations are necessary to survive, and what a changing world means for great white bears.
Unit Plan: Top of the World
Video: How Cold Does It Get Where Polar Bears Live?

Thursday, Oct 25th, 11:30 am CT
Life in the Arctic, Top to Bottom, Gr 6+
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.
Unit Plan: Arctic Biodiversity
Video: Can Polar Bears Adapt to Living on Land?

WEEK 2: COOL TECHNOLOGY
Panelists: Liam O’Doherty (TakingITGlobal), Dr. Greg Thiemann and Amy Cocksedge (York University, Toronto), with Alysa McCall and BJ Kirschhoffer (Polar Bears International)

Wednesday, Oct 31st, 12 pm CT
Polar Bear Spies, Gr 3+
How do researchers find out about the secret lives of polar bears? By using incredible technology to spy on them! Learn about some neat tools being used in the field to study moms and cubs, protect communities, and understand a polar bear’s point of view.
Unit Plan: Polar Bear Tracker
Unit Plan: Street View and Polar Bears
Video: Researching Moms and Cubs
Video: Polar Bear Collar Cam Highlights

WEEK 3: POLAR BEAR WEEK - ALL ABOUT POLAR BEARS
Panelists: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Education), with Dr. Steven Amstrup, Alysa McCall, and BJ Kirschhoffer (Polar Bears International) 

Wednesday, Nov 7th, 12 pm CT
Back to Polar Bear Basics, K to 3, with Discovery Education
Fur, teeth, claws, and fat: that’s what polar bears are made of. Join us to learn more about our favorite big white bear, its cubs, and the sea ice they call home.
Presentation: All About Polar Bears (K-4)
Poster Handout: Flat Nanuk
Video: Polar Bears By the Numbers
Video: Polar Bear Fur

Thursday, Nov 8th, 11:30 am CT
Back to Polar Bear Basics, Gr 4+, with Discovery Education
Fur, teeth, claws, and fat: that’s what polar bears are made of. Join us to learn more about our favorite big white bear, its offspring, its habits, and its place in the Arctic ecosystem it calls home.
Unit Plan: Livin’ Large Like a Polar Bear
Lesson: Mom and Me: A Polar Bear Survival Story
Presentation: All About Polar Bears (Grade 5+)
Video: Moms and Cubs
Video: Fur or Blubber: What Keeps Polar Bears Warm?
Video: How do Polar Bears Use Blubber?

WEEK 4: POLAR POWER
Panelists: Dr. Andrew Derocher (University of Alberta), with Alysa McCall and BJ Kirschhoffer (Polar Bears International), special guests

Tuesday, Nov 13th, 11:30 am CT
Polar Bear Protectors, Gr 8+
This year marked a decade since polar bears were added on the U.S. Endangered Species List. What does this mean for polar bears, and what can we do to truly protect their future and sea ice home?
Unit Plan: The Climate Connection
Lesson Plan: Polar Bears in a Warming World
Lesson Plan: Taking Action!
Video: Dr. Steven Amstrup, Polar Bears in 50 years
Community Action Toolkits: Thermostat ChallengePower DownNo IdlingPedal for Polar Bears

Visit our Education Center for associated unit and lesson plans and supporting tools and materials. In addition, see our recommended curriculum for each webcast.

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LIVE CHATS
All for a general audience

Tuesday, Oct 23rd, 2 pm CT
Welcome to the Polar Bear Capital of the World
Join us to kick off the polar bear cam season with a Buggy One bang! Tune in to learn about what you can expect from the tundra and its wildlife throughout the season.

Thursday, Oct 25th, 2:30 pm CT
Working with Polar Bears
From working with polar bear moms and cubs to using high-tech radar to keep communities safe, Polar Bears International gets to do some very cool stuff! Chat with PBI staff and special guests about some incredible research and programs we have going on across the Arctic.

Tuesday, Oct 30th, 12 pm CT
Connecting the North: From Polar Bears to People
Muskox, narwhal, foxes and more live in the Arctic, but don’t forget the people! People live across the Arctic and have some different day-to-day challenges than those of us down south, such as sharing their coastlines with polar bears!

Wednesday, Oct 31st, 3 pm CT
Polar Boos
October 31st can be spooky anywhere, but especially if you are trick-or-treating in polar bear country! Find out how Churchill keeps its citizens safe and its kids collecting candy on this bear-y scary holiday.

Thursday, Nov 1st, 12 pm CT
Countdown to Polar Bear Week—Top 10 Facts
It’s almost here: the most polar bear time of the year! Check out what we have going on next week and how you can help us celebrate. We also share our Top 10 favorite facts about the big white bear.

Tuesday, Nov 6th, 2 pm CT (Election day, U.S.)
What We Like About You - Polar Bear Citizens
We all have the power to protect our polar bears and our planet. We want to share your stories of helping polar bears and highlight the favorite questions we received this fall. Paws up for all the cool polar people tuning in from around the world!

Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2:30 pm CT
Narlugas, Bowrights, and Grolars, oh my!
Let’s talk about hybrids! Interesting, weird, unique, and educational—hybrids can tell us a lot about their environment and may hint at what the Arctic could look like in the future.

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 Dr. Julene Reed, an Apple Distinguished Educator and PBI Education Advisory Council member, who works with the Tundra Connections program, and to Discovery Education, Frontier School Division, Churchill Northern Studies Centre, TakingITGlobal, and Canada Goose.