Fall Tundra Connections

Every fall, we stream live webcasts from the tundra during the annual gathering of polars bears in Churchill, Canada, the polar bear capital of the world! 

You're invited to join us to meet and talk with world-renowned scientists and educators, even as Arctic winds shake the Tundra Buggies and polar bears prowl outside. 

Our Fall 2016 season has ended, but you'll find links to our archived broadcasts below. And be sure to return next fall for our 2017 schedule. Questions? Visit our FAQ

WEBCASTS - FALL 2016

TAKE THE PLUNGE WITH POLAR BEARS! NOVEMBER 14-16
Partner: Discovery Education
Panelists: Kyle Schutt, Julene Reed, Dr. Thea Bechshoft, Dr. Flavio Lehner

Arctic ABCs - Monday, Nov. 14, 11:00 am CT - Missed it? Watch the archive.
Target age: Tailored to K-3, all ages welcome
P is for Polar Bear, U is for… Ulu? Let’s go through the alphabet, Arctic-style! We’ll have some fun, see some polar bears and other organisms that live in the Arctic regions, and learn some new words along the way!
Educator resources:
All About Polar Bears. For K-4 (PPT presentation)
Living Large Like a Polar Bear Unit Plan
Arctic Biodiversity Lesson Plan
Polar Bears for Kids
iTunes: All About Polar Bears
iTunes: Bears for Kids, Kids for Bears 

Ice Bears in Your Backyard -Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12 pm CT - Missed it? Watch the archive.
Target age: Tailored to 4th-8th grade, all ages welcome
Learn how water in your backyard is tied to polar bears in the Arctic! Help us understand the global world of ice and water and why its conservation is so important to all creatures, not just polar bears. 

STEM on the Tundra: Cool Jobs! - Wednesday, Nov. 16, 11 am CT - Missed it? Watch the archive.
Target age: Content tailored to 4th-8th grade, all ages welcome
The daily choices we make impact our world. Tune in to see how different teams on the tundra are utilizing STEM skills to support a global conversation and make a positive impact for polar bears. We’ll learn why you don't need to be a scientist to practice the core values of STEM. And, we will see some cool jobs that you might not typically consider when you think about the tundra.

LIVE CHATS - FALL 2016

Welcome to the Tundra, 2016 Edition!
Wednesday, October 26, starting at 2:30 pm Central Time
Join us for the first official live chat of the 2016 polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Meet the PBI staff who will be with you for the next five weeks, and hear from two experts in Arctic marine mammals, including the polar bear!

Combining Technology and Nature to Learn and Love
Thursday, October 27, starting at 3:00 pm Central Time
As PBI and explore.org viewers know, sometimes cutting-edge technology can give us the best look into the natural world! Join us as we chat about some different technologies being used right now to learn about the Arctic around us, and how you can get involved. From polar bear viewing, to beluga citizen science, from GPS tracking to high-speed internet on a Tundra Buggy—we want to know your favorite technology.

It’ll be All White- Polar Bears, Belugas, Owls, and Ice
Friday, October 28, starting at 11:00 am Central Time
Let’s chat about the great white north! Join our panel of wildlife experts as we discuss the animals that call Churchill, Manitoba, home and how we use science and technology to learn more about their incredible lives and protect their futures. 

Live from the Arctic—Why Churchill Matters 
Thursday, November 3, starting at 11:00 am Central Time
Churchill is a small, isolated town on the coast of a freezing cold body of water—what makes it so special? We chat about the incredible ecological diversity in Churchill, why it is such a cool place to visit, and why what happens here matters to the world. 

A Vote, A Voice—For the Future
Friday, November 4, starting at 11:00 am Central Time
As we reach the final weekend before the big U.S. election day, we speak briefly about the impact that each one of us can have on the future. Let’s chat about the importance of politics in conserving the environment and what that means for the people in that environment, and polar bears, of course! 

Toxins on the Tundra
Tuesday, November 15, starting at 2:30 pm Central Time
We’ve been speaking about the importance of keeping the Arctic cold, but what about keeping it clean? Learn about some of the toxins being found farther north than they’re made and used, their impacts, and how we can help stop their spread for the health of polar bears and people!

Good Times on the Tundra
Wednesday, November 16, starting at 1:30 pm Central Time
We look back at yet another incredible season and marvel at the highlights. Learn what’s next for the final couple weeks of the polar bear migration, and how to keep in touch with polar bears throughout the year.

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 Julene Reed, an Apple Distinguished Educator and PBI Education Advisory Council member, who directs the Tundra Connections program, and to Discovery Education, Frontier School Division, Churchill Northern Studies Center, and Canada Goose.

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