Two young polar bear cubs play in the snow as mom rests.

Hunkered down at home? Our Spring Tundra Connections series, "Chill out with Polar Bears," offers a passport to the Arctic for students, teachers, and life-long learners.

© Meril Darees/Polar Bears International

3/27/2020 6:05:03 PM

Spring Tundra Connections

During this unique moment in time, 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.

Throughout the month of April, we invite you to 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.

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 (PBI staff) - 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!
Add this event to your calendar

Thursday, April 2nd, Noon Central
Live Chat: Polar Bears Under the Northern Lights!
Panelists: Dr. Thea Bechshøft, BJ Kirschhoffer, Kt Miller (Polar Bears International)- 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?
Add this event to your calendar 

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 (Polar Bears International), Ron Togunov (University of British Columbia) - 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.
Add this event to your calendar 

Thursday, April 9th, Noon Central
Live Chat: Why Sea Ice is “Cool”
Panelists: Geoff York, Kt Miller (Polar Bears International), Jody Reimer (University of Utah) - 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.”
Add this event to your calendar 

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
Live Chat: Our Favorite Nature Moments on the Subarctic Tundra
Panelists: Krista Wright, BJ Kirschhoffer, Kieran McIver (Polar Bears International) - Watch here
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. 
Add this event to your calendar 

Thursday, April 16th, Noon Central
Webcast: Virtual Field Trip to Churchill! The Polar Bear Capital of the World
Panelists: Krista Wright, BJ Kirschhoffer, Kieran McIver (Polar Bears International) - 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? 
Add this event to your calendar

Week 4: Earth Week - All About Polar Bears

Recommended Curriculum: Top of the World
On Demand Webcast (elementary): Answering Your Questions from Around the World
On Demand Webcast (secondary): Connecting Climate Change in Your Backyard 
Special Earth Week resources:
    Adaptations video
    Ursula video
    Polar bear coloring book
    Mom and cub mini poster

Tuesday, April 21st, Noon Central
Webcast: All About Polar Bears
Panelists: Geoff York (Polar Bears International) Watch here
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.
Add this event to your calendar  

Wednesday, April 22nd, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM Central 
Live Cam: Breakfast with Polar Bears! - Watch here
Join us to watch the adorable cubs at Ouwehand Park in Rhenen, Netherlands on the Explore.org cam! Our staff scientist, 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 an amazing 2020 Earth Day?
Add this event to your calendar

Wednesday, April 22nd, 10:00 AM Central
Webcast with Discovery Education: An Earth Day Visit with Polar Bears (Elementary)
Panelists: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Education), Dr. Thea Bechshoft (Polar Bears International), Tom Stalf, President & CEO, and Devon Sabo, Polar Bear Keeper (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium) - Watch here
Join us to learn all about polar bears and some simple actions you can take to have a positive impact for our planet. We’ll count down the top ten things to know about polar bears. Then we’ll join our friends at the Columbus Zoo to visit their polar bear cub and learn about the important work happening at the zoo. 
Add this to your calendar

Wednesday, April 22nd, 1:00 PM Central
Webcast with Discovery Education: An Earth Day Visit with Polar Bears (Secondary)

Panelists: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Education), Dr. Thea Bechshoft (Polar Bears International), Tom Stalf, President & CEO, and Devon Sabo, Polar Bear Keeper (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium) - Watch here
Join us to learn all about polar bears and some simple actions you can take to have a positive impact for our planet. We’ll count down the top ten things to know about polar bears. Then we’ll join our friends at the Columbus Zoo to visit their polar bear cub and learn about the important work happening at the zoo.
Add this to your calendar

Thursday, April 23rd, Noon Central
Live Chat: What Do Polar Bears Smell Like? ... and More Fun Facts!
Panelists: Dr. Thea Bechshøft, TBD - Watch here
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!
Add this event to your calendar

Week 5: Science Rules

Recommended Curriculum: Polar Bear Tracker
Recommended On Demand Webcast (elementary): Studying the Secret Lives of Polar Bears
Recommended On Demand Webcast (secondary): Creative Conservation: Finding Answers from Far Away
Featured Video: Collar Cam Highlights
Featured Video: Polar Bear Fur

Tuesday, April 28th, at 12 pm Central Time
Webcast: Purple Hair on Polar Bears!
Panelists: Jenny Stern (University of Washington), BJ Kirschhoffer (Polar Bears International)
Wildlife research takes creativity and ingenuity. Learn about how and why scientists work with polar bear hair, from dying it purple to attaching things to it!
Add this event to your calendar 

Thursday, April 30th, at 12 pm Central Time
Live Chat: “Counting calories! How much energy does it take to be a polar bear?”
Panelists: TBD
It takes a lot of energy to be a polar bear—whether swimming, walking, or napping! Learn about how and why scientists are looking at how much energy it takes a polar bear to survive. 
Add this event to your calendar

Looking for other ways to learn virtually beyond the classroom and beyond polar bears? Check out these amazing resources from our partners Discovery Education & Connected North and don’t forget to zen out in nature with the Explore.org cams. 

Share this


Stay in the Loop

Sign up to receive polar bear news and updates.

Sign Up!

Thank you for the support!