Mom & Me

Learn about polar bear moms and cubs and their connection to Arctic sea ice.

Role of the Unit

Students will learn how sea ice is related to polar bear populations! Featured skills in this lesson include analyzing cause and effect relationships, developing sequenced predictions about natural phenomena, and interpreting data on a graph.

Lesson Plan

Mom and Me Lesson. Students will learn about the relationship between sea ice and polar bear populations and about the ways climate change impacts the sea ice ecosystem in the Arctic.

Other Resources


  • Flip: View our educational topics using the joincode: polarbearsint.

  • Mom & Cubs Mini Poster: Download this free handout, complete with mom and cub facts and a polar bear word search!

  • International Polar Bear Day: Celebrate moms and cubs on February 27th and learn more about the importance of the polar bear's denning period.

Become Inspired:

  • Tundra Connections Webcasts: Watch our webcasts! See polar bears and meet our scientists and experts.

  • Live Cams: Take a tour through the polar bear’s world with our live Arctic cams.


Learn More About the First Few Months of a Polar Bear's Life

Polar Bears and Sea Ice

Polar bears roam across the circumpolar Arctic, where they rely on sea ice to reach their seal prey. But not all sea ice is equal. Learn about the four sea ice ecoregions, how the quality of sea ice differs across the polar bear’s range, and how we can help ensure the bears’ future by addressing climate change.

Maternal Den Study

Started in Alaska, and now ongoing in Svalbard, Norway, Polar Bears International's maternal den study helps scientists gather data to understand polar bear denning and what happens when polar bear mothers and their young cubs emerge from their den. This research is made possible through a collaboration between the Norwegian Polar Institute, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, and Polar Bears International, as well as the support of generous donors and funders.