Polar bear mom and cub walking together

Tundra Connections Schedule

Every year, leading scientists and educators take part in our live Tundra Connections broadcasts. Join Polar Bears International staff and guests to learn more about polar bears and the Arcticand come with questions!

  • Check out our webcast and live chat schedules below to find those that interest you.
  • If you're viewing a webcast, register (no registration necessary for the more informal live chats
  • 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 FAQ.

Webcasts Fall 2019

Register, then watch here. Missed a broadcast? See the archives here.

WEEK 1: POLAR BEARS AND YOU: CONNECTING NORTH AND SOUTH
Panelists: Mali Bickley (Connected North/TakingITGlobal), Dr. Thea Bechshøft (PBI), Melissa Galicia (York University), BJ Kirschhoffer (PBI)

Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 12:30 pm CT
Connecting with Canada’s North - Polar Bears in My Backyard (elementary)
In a special event, we connect directly with schools across northern Canada to speak to students who live in the Arctic, and maybe even with polar bears! Tune in to watch this conversation and hear about polar bears, what it’s like living in the Great White North, how all ecosystems are linked together, and how actions around the world make an impact on people and polar bears in the North. Register
Recommended assets
Unit plan: Arctic Biodiversity 

Book: Winston of Churchill (check your local library)

Video: How Cold Does It Get Where Polar Bears Live? 


Thursday, Oct 24th, 12:30 pm CT
Connecting with Canada’s North- Polar Bears in my Backyard (secondary)
In a special event, we connect directly with schools across northern Canada to speak to students who live in the Arctic, and maybe even with polar bears! Tune in to watch this conversation and hear about polar bears, what it’s like living in the Great White North, how all ecosystems are linked together, and how actions around the world make an impact on people and polar bears in the north. Register
Recommended assets
Unit plan: Top of the World with Polar Bears

Book: Winston of Churchill (check your local library)

Video: Can Polar Bears Adapt to Living on Land?


WEEK 2: INNOVATIVE ARCTIC: COOL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Panelists: BJ Kirschhoffer (PBI), Jenny Stern (University of Washington), Dr. Anthony Pagano (PBI/San Diego Zoo Global/U.S. Geological Survey), special guests

Wednesday, Oct 30th, 12:00 pm CT
Studying the Secret Lives of Polar Bears (Gr 3+)
Polar bears live most of their lives way out on the sea ice, so how do we learn about them? By using incredible technology, we can answer important questions about how to conserve this species. Tune in to learn about some of the cool tools polar bear scientists use, and how we are working to make sure these tools have the least impact on polar bears as possible! Register
Recommended assets
Unit Plan: Polar Bear Tracker
Unit Plan: Street View and Polar Bears
Video: Researching Moms and Cubs
Video: Polar Bear Collar Cam Highlights
Video: Ursula

WEEK 3: POLAR BEAR WEEK 
Panelists: Justin Fornal (TV personality), Dr. Megan Owen (San Diego Zoo Global), Dr. Andrew Derocher (University of Alberta), Dr. Steven Amstrup (PBI), BJ Kirschhoffer (PBI), and special guests

Wednesday, Nov 6th, 12:00 pm CT
Polar Bear Research: Then and Now (Gr 8+)
TV host Justin Fornal interviews PBI Chief Scientist, Dr. Steve Amstrup, about his many decades in the field of polar bear research. They will discuss the many shifts in research techniques, attitudes toward wildlife, general polar bear knowledge, and conservation concerns that have happened during Steve’s career, and will look to the future. Where are we going and how can we make sure polar bears are still around when we get there? Register
Recommended assets
Video: Dr. Steven Amstrup, Polar Bears in 50 years
Community Action Toolkits: Thermostat ChallengePower DownNo IdlingPedal for Polar Bears
Video: Ursula

Thursday, Nov 7th, 2:00 pm CT
Creative Conservation: Finding Answers from Far Away (Gr 6+)
We have many unanswered questions about wild polar bears because they are so difficult to study. Luckily, we can find some answers from creatively asking questions of some well-cared-for captive polar bears. These champions of conservation are teaching us about their species, helping protect their wild cousins, and staying stimulated! Learn about some current polar bear research projects that are supporting Arctic conservation from afar. Register
Recommended assets
Video: Polar Bear Collar Cam Highlights
Community Action Toolkits: Thermostat ChallengePower DownNo IdlingPedal for Polar Bears

WEEK 4: EXPERIENCE POLAR BEARS
Panelists: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Education), BJ Kirschhoffer (PBI), Stephanie Penk (University of Toronto Scarborough)

Wednesday, Nov 13th, 12:00 pm CT
Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra (all ages)
Come experience the tundra and polar bears with Polar Bears International and Discovery Education! We are just outside of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, in the heart of polar bear action and ready to answer all your questions, big and small. We’ll learn about the Arctic ecosystem, adaptations, sea ice habitat, climate change, and more as we scaffold concepts and Q&A with increasing complexity, so there’s something for everyone. Remember, keep your eyes peeled for polar bears roaming just outside our window! Register
Time: Approximately 30-minute event including shared content and Q&A segments
Q&A segment 1: elementary focused
Q&A segment 2: middle school focused
Q&A segment 3: high school focused
Topics: habitats, ecosystems, adaptations, Arctic animals, polar bears, climate change, geography
Recommended assets
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
Presentation: All About Polar Bears (K-4)
Poster Handout: Flat Nanuk
Video: Polar Bears By the Numbers
Video: Polar Bear Fur
Community Action Toolkits: Thermostat ChallengePower DownNo IdlingPedal for Polar Bears

Wednesday, Nov 13th, 1:30 pm CT
Polar Bear Q&A (all ages, ~30 minutes, no registration required)
Join us for this informal hang-out as a follow-up to the day’s webcast. We will answer as many polar bear questions as possible as we roam around the tundra.

Thursday, Nov 14th, 11:30 am CT
Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra (all ages)
Come experience the tundra and polar bears with Polar Bears International and Discovery Education! We are just outside of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, in the heart of polar bear action and ready to answer all your questions, big and small. We’ll learn about the Arctic ecosystem, adaptations, sea ice habitat, climate change and more as we scaffold concepts and Q&A with increasing complexity, so there’s something for everyone. Remember, keep your eyes peeled for polar bears roaming just outside our window! Register
Time: Approximately 30-minute event including shared content and Q&A segments
Q&A segment 1: elementary focused
Q&A segment 2: middle school focused
Q&A segment 3: high school focused
Topics: habitats, ecosystems, adaptations, arctic animals, polar bears, climate change, geography
Recommended assets
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
Presentation: All About Polar Bears (K-4)
Poster Handout: Flat Nanuk
Video: Polar Bears By the Numbers
Video: Polar Bear Fur
Community Action Toolkits: Thermostat ChallengePower DownNo IdlingPedal for Polar Bears

Thursday, Nov 14th, 1:00 pm CT
Polar Bear Q&A (all ages, ~30 minutes, no registration required)
Join us for this informal hang-out as a follow-up to the day’s webcast. We will answer as many polar bear questions as possible as we roam around the tundra.

Live Chats Fall 2019

All for a general audience - watch here at the appropriate time

Tuesday, Oct 22rd, 1:00 pm CT
Welcome Back to the Polar Bear Capital of the World
It’s time for the tundra again! We kick off polar bear season 2019 live from Buggy One to tell you what you can expect to see and hear from Polar Bears International this fall. Plus, we compare the brown bears of Katmai to the polar bears of Churchill with special remote guest, Mike Fitz! Be sure to bring your bear questions.

Wednesday, Oct 23th, 3:00 pm CT
Polar Bears - Pristine or Polluted?
Images of the Arctic often look clean, cool, and beautiful. But what might be lurking below the surface? Though climate change is the biggest threat for all polar bears, some polar bear populations are also dealing with a looming threat: toxic pollutants. We will talk about what sneaky substances are making their way to the Arctic and the impacts they have on polar bears.

Tuesday, Oct 29th, 1:00 pm CT
Polar Bear Research: Less Invasive, More Informative
Polar bears are notoriously difficult to study. Over the decades different technologies have allowed researchers to learn about many hidden aspects of their lives, and recent advances have opened even more possibilities. Learn about the different technologies that Polar Bears International and other researchers are using to study these animals, and how we are working to make our research less invasive but more impactful than ever.

Thursday, Oct 31st, 2:00 pm CT
Don’t Be Scared of the Big White Bear
Halloween can be a little frightening no matter where you live, but especially when you have to trick-or-treat with polar bears! Not to worry, we are here to share the top polar bear safety tips. We will talk about how Churchillians stay safe on the spookiest night of the year, and how our researchers stay safe any time they’re in the field.

Friday, Nov 8th, 12:00 pm CT
Celebrating Polar Bear Week- Our Top 10 Favorite Facts
It’s never been so important to celebrate the great white bear: the more we love something, the more we will do to protect it. We share our Top 10 Favorite Facts about the polar bear, and invite you to share yours. Let’s spread the love!

Tuesday, Nov 12th, 1:00 pm CT
Creatures of the Cape Churchill Cams
As year-round cameras mounted overlooking the coast of Hudson Bay, our Cape Churchill Cams capture incredible wildlife footage in every season. Join us to talk about these cams, why where they are located is so special, and our favorite footage. Let us know your favorite Cape Cam moments, too. Is it the caribou migration, grizzly bear, gyrfalcon, or something bigger and white?

Wednesday, Nov 13th, 3:00 pm CT
Season Highlights and Wrap-Up
We pull our favorite highlights, screenshots, and comments from the fall to celebrate your participation in polar bear season!

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.