Polar bear mom and cub walking together

Tundra Connections Schedule

During the month of April, we’re offering a special spring Tundra Connections webcast series, “Chill out with Polar Bears,” to help keep students engaged and provide learning opportunities for all those interested in polar bears and the Arctic.

We’ll hope you join us on an Arctic adventure—and come with questions! To submit a question, use the chat window on our Tundra Connections viewing page or email them to us at questions@pbears.org.

Spring Webcasts 2020

Week 1: Emerging from the Den! A Special Time of Year for Moms and Cubs

Recommended Curriculum: Polar Bear Tracker
On Demand Webcast (elementary): Back to Polar Bear Basics
On Demand 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 - Watch here
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: Dr. Thea Bechshøft, BJ Kirschhoffer, Kt Miller - Watch here
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 2: Arctic Food Web Top to Bottom

Recommended Curriculum: Arctic Biodiversity
On Demand Webcast (elementary): At the Top of the World with Polar Bears 
On Demand Webcast (secondary): Life in the Arctic Top to Bottom  

Tuesday, April 7th, Noon Central
Webcast: Arctic Food Web Top to Bottom
Panelists: Dr. Thea Bechshøft, Kt Miller, BJ Kirschhoffer - Watch here
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, Dr. Jodi Reimer, Kt Miller - Watch here
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 3: Virtual Field Trip

Recommended Curriculum: Street View and Polar Bears
On Demand Webcast (elementary): Field Trip to the Churchill Northern Studies Center 
On Demand (secondary): STEM on the Tundra - Cool Jobs! 

Tuesday, April 14th, Noon Central
Webcast: Virtual Field Trip to Churchill! The Polar Bear Capital of the World
Panelists: TBD - Watch here
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?
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Thursday, April 16th, Noon Central
Live Chat: Our Favorite Nature Moments on the Subarctic Tundra
Panelists: TBD
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. 

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Week 4: All About Polar Bears


Tuesday, April 21st, Noon Central

Webcast: All About Polar Bears

Panelists: TBD

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.

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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, 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!

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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.