A polar bear with her young cub.

On International Polar Bear Day, join us in celebrating the bears and learning about moms and cubs, including how you can help protect them.

© Daniel J. Cox/Natural Exposures

2/2/2021 8:00:00 PM

International Polar Bear Day Events

Saturday, February 27th is International Polar Bear Day! We are excited as always to bring you an amazing array of live events, especially for students, but also for anyone to watch and enjoy. Bring your curiosity and tune in each day throughout the week to learn about polar bear moms and cubs, culminating in two special events on Saturday, February 27th! (Hint: Start saving your dryer lint to make a recycled-art polar bear and get the popcorn ready for the screening of a special film.)

Explore the Week’s Schedule

All About Polar Bears, with Idea Exchange Ontario
Monday, February 22, 1pm CT—Watch here
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Panelist: Alysa McCall (Polar Bears International)
Help us celebrate International Polar Bear Day by highlighting this spectacular animal and its crazy cool habitat. Learn how polar bears survive and thrive in the Arctic, what makes them unique among bears, and how we can protect their future. Be sure to bring your questions!

All About Polar Bears with the Spark Science Centre
Tuesday, February 23, 7pm CT—Watch here
Panelist: Alysa McCall (Polar Bears International)
Help us celebrate International Polar Bear Day by highlighting this spectacular animal and its crazy cool habitat. Learn how polar bears survive and thrive in the Arctic, what makes them unique among bears, and how we can protect their future. Come with questions!

Protecting Polar Bear Families, Tundra Connections Webcast
Wednesday, February 24, Noon CT Watch here
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Panelists: Dr. Megan Owen (San Diego Zoo Global), BJ Kirschhoffer (Polar Bears International), Alysa McCall (Polar Bears International)
The future of the polar bear population depends on healthy families. Join Polar Bears International as we talk about our research projects that involve monitoring moms, counting cubs, and detecting dens all around the Arctic. Celebrate this amazing animal with us and be sure to send us your questions. 

Top Frequently Asked Questions with Thea
Thursday, February 25th, 8am CT/3 pm CET—Watch here
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Panelist: Dr. Thea Bechshoft (Polar Bears International
Join us with staff scientist, Dr. Thea Bechshoft, to learn about the most frequently asked questions about polar bears and ask your questions live. See if you can stump the scientist! The timing of this session is chosen to cater to our polar bear fans in Europe.

International Polar Bear Day: Ask Us Anything with Microsoft Education
Friday, February 26th, 2:30 CT—Watch here
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Panelists: Marissa Krouse (Polar Bears International), Dr. Thea Bechshoft (Polar Bears International), Wes Larson (Bear Biologist/GrizKid on Instagram)
Join Polar Bears International staff and scientists in celebrating International Polar Bear Day! We will share our favorite polar bear fun facts, answer as many of your questions as possible, and share how you can help protect this incredible Arctic animal. Let us know what you want to know and get ready to learn some new things about the world’s biggest (and coldest) bear. 

Recycled art polar bear bu Churchill artist, Sandra Cook

International Polar Bear Day for Kids: Recycled-Art Polar Bear
Saturday, February 27th, Noon CT—Watch here
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Artist: Sandra Cook
Join local Churchill artist Sandra Cook and learn how to make a polar bear out of recycled materials. No experience necessary! New to drawing? Download and print one of these line drawings to help you get started!

Supplies needed:
  • dryer lint (about two cups)
  • a scrap piece of wood or cardboard
  • white glue or mod podge
  • a palette knife, small scraper, or anything with an edge for scraping and shaping
*Optional additional supplies:
  • flour
  • water
  • craft paint (or markers, pastels, crayons...anything to color the bear and if you use pastels a spray fixative is recommended
  • varnish
  • graphite transfer paper

Bring creativity, imagination and join us for some fun.

Special Film Screening
Saturday, February 27th, 5pm CT—Watch here
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Panelists: Alysa McCall (Polar Bears International)
Join us for the screening of a special film on polar bear moms and cubs that will let you feel the cold and understand the challenges polar bear families face. The event will be hosted by our own Alysa McCall, who will share why protecting denning moms and cubs is so important. 

Looking for other ways to get involved? Visit our International Polar Bear Day page and find out how you can make a difference.

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