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4/30/2020 5:41:40 PM

Chill Out With Polar Bears

Interest in our Spring Tundra Connections® series has been so strong that we’ve created a new slate of broadcasts for May. We're offering the series 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 join us, check out the schedule below to find topics that interest you, then watch on our Tundra Connections page at the appropriate time. To submit a question, use the chat window on the viewing page or email them to us at

Week 1: Why Polar Bears?

Recommended Curriculum: The Climate Connection
On Demand Webcast (elementary): Polar Bears and Penguins, Polar Opposites
On Demand Webcast (secondary): Polar Bears in Pop Culture

Tuesday, May 5th – #GivingTuesdayNow – 7 AM-9 AM Central Time
Breakfast with Polar Bears! -
Watch here
Join us to watch the adorable cubs at the Ouwehand Zoo in Rhenen, Netherlands on the cam! One of our staff scientists, Dr. Thea Bechshoft, will tune in from Denmark and answer any questions you might have in the chat window. What better way to find a little inspiration and kick off Giving Tuesday?
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Tuesday, May 5th – #GivingTuesdayNow - Noon Central Time
Live Chat: Stump the Scientist with Dr. Derocher! - Watch here
Panelist: Dr. Andrew Derocher (University of Alberta)
If you’ve been tuning in to our Tundra Connections series at home now is the time to bring us your questions! Ask one of the top polar bear scientists in the world what you are most curious about. Let’s see if we can stump Dr. Derocher!
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Tuesday, May 5th - #GivingTuesdayNow - 3:00 PM Central Time
Live Chat: Why Polar Bears? Watch here
*Special #GivingTuesdayNow Event*
Panelists: Dr. Steven Amstrup (Polar Bears International), CK Swett 
In this lively Q&A with our chief scientist, find out about his work with polar bears and how your monthly pledge can make a real difference.
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Thursday, May 7th, Noon Central Time
Live Chat: How to Paint (or Draw) a Polar Bear - Watch here
Panelist: Allison McGree (Artist) **90 minute event**
Join Allison McGree for a fun and interactive event and learn to draw (or paint!) a polar bear! Based in Montana, McGree paints what she loves, and loves to paint. 
Recommended materials: 

  • A paintable surface!  Get creative and look around your house.  Do you have a canvas? Paper? Mat board? Cardboard? Something you could paint over with white and make anew with a polar bear?! 
  • 2 brushes (1 large 1 small)
  • A cup of water 
  • A rag/towel/old shirt
  • Paint!  Acrylic or tempera is ideal.  But Allison will give you tips to use watercolor paint or whatever you have at home!  If all you have are crayons or markers, that works too!

Check out Allison’s work for other art classes and opportunities!
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Week 2: Polar Bears in Norway

Recommended Curriculum: IMAX: To the Arctic
On Demand Webcast (elementary): Experience the Arctic! Live from Svalbard
On Demand Webcast  (secondary): Svalbard Highlights & Insights 

Tuesday, May 12th, Noon Central Time
Live Chat: Do Polar Bears in Norway Have a Different Accent? - Watch here
Panelists: Jon Aars, BJ Kirschhoffer
Polar bears live in five nations across the Arctic. Can you name them? What makes a polar bear in Norway different from a polar bear in Canada or Alaska? Are they all the same?
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Thursday, May 14th, Noon Central Time
Webcast: Mysteries of Moms and Cubs - Watch here

Panelists: Dr. Megan Owen, Joanna Sulich, BJ Kirschhoffer
Studying polar bears in the remote Arctic is challenging, especially when mother polar bears and cubs are hidden away in a den! How do scientists study them in some of the most remote places on Earth? 
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Week 3: Bear Awareness Week

Recommended Curriculum: Living Large Like a Polar Bear
On Demand Webcast (elementary): Cracking the Curious Case of the Grolar Bear
On Demand Webcast (secondary): Polar Bear Spies! 

Tuesday, May 19th, Noon Central Time
Webcast: Polar & Panda Bears—Polar Opposites? Or Possibly Related? - Watch here
Panelists: Dr. Nick Pilfold, Geoff York
Although polar bears are our favorite, at Polar Bears International we love all bears! Join us to learn all about polar bears and panda bears! What makes them similar? What makes them different? Which is your favorite?
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Thursday, May 21st, Noon Central Time
Live Chat:  Beach Chilling? What Will Polar Bears Do on Summer Vacation? with Simon the Scientist!- Watch here
Panelist: Dr. Thea Bechshøft, Simon the Scientist
As the weather warms up in the northern hemisphere people are thinking about summer plans and activities. What are polar bears up to? Do they make plans for summer vacation? Are there beaches in the Arctic? Join Dr. Thea Bechshøft and Simon the Scientist for jokes, learning, and a final challenge with prizes! 
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