Fall Tundra Connections

Every fall, we stream live webcasts from the tundra during the annual polar bear migration 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—as Arctic winds shake the Tundra Buggies and polar bears prowl outside. Our broadcasts include a series of short live chats in addition to our more in-depth webcasts. To join, review the topics to find those best suited to you. Then register* and WATCH HERE at the dates and times shown. (Teachers: check out our resources.)

After watching, please take our short post-broadcast survey. You'll be entered into a drawing for a free polar bear adoption! Questions? Visit our FAQ

Note: We will post our Fall 2016 schedule in October. Until then, check out our 2015 line-up below and watch archives of the broadcasts that interest you.

WEBCASTS - FALL 2015

POLAR BEARS IN BERETS: CHURCHILL TO PARIS 
With TakingITGlobal and Centre for Global Education
Host: Jennifer Correiro 
Panelists: Jack Omelak, Gerrit Wesselink, Dr. Jennifer Kay

  • THE ROAD FROM CHURCHILL TO PARIS: POLAR BEARS AND COP21
    Tuesday, October 27, 11 a.m. Central Time
 - Register Here 
    The youth voice will be critical in mobilizing climate action around the world, especially at the Paris COP21 talks. Discover how you can do your part! Watch the archive.
  • CLIMATE JUSTICE: WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS A SOCIAL ISSUE AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP (Middle/High School)
    Wednesday, October 28, 10 a.m. Central Time - Register Here
    Learn about social issues tied to our shifting climate, what northern youth have to say about the changes, and how you can help no matter where in the world you live. Watch the archive.
  • CONNECTING CLIMATE CHANGE IN YOUR BACKYARD TO ECOSYSTEMS AROUND THE WORLD
    Thursday, October 29, 1 p.m. Central Time - Register Here
    We read about changes happening to ecosystems all over the world, but what about in our own backyard? Learn how all life is linked together. Watch the archive.

POLAR BEAR WEEK—FROM POLAR BEARS TO PEOPLE
With AZA & Explore.org
Hosts & Panelists: Different for each session this week; see below.

  • THE CHALLENGES OF COMMUNICATING CLIMATE CHANGE
    Sunday, November 1, 11:30 a.m. Central Time - for AZA and other climate communicators - Register Here
    Host: Kieran Mulvaney
    Panelists: Dr. Steven AmstrupDr. Katharine Hayhoe 
    How do you communicate to people who don’t "believe" in climate change? How do you reach faith-based audiences? In this session, we’ll talk about framing strategies for climate communicators. Watch the archive.
  • FAITH AND STEWARDSHIP: FROM POLAR BEARS TO PEOPLE
    Sunday, November 1, 2 p.m. Central Time - for Interfaith Power & Light and other faith-based groups - Registration not required
    Host: Kieran Mulvaney
    Panelists: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Dr. Steven Amstrup
    Join us on the tundra during the polar bear migration as we talk about our role as stewards of the earth. Good stewardship includes taking care of God’s creation and loving and caring for every living thing. Learn how action on climate change is part of that role. And it's not just about polar bears—it's about people, too, including the most vulnerable among us. Watch the archive.
  • POLAR BEAR POLICY - ACTION THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE 
    Tuesday, Nov 3, 1:30 pm Central Time - Register Here
    Host: Dr. Don Moore
    Panelists: Geoff YorkMarc-André Dubois, Kassie Siegel 
    Do your eyes glaze over when you hear the word “policy”? If so, we want to change that! Policy and regulation are tangible, powerful tools that can help us take control of our world and its future. 
  • POLAR BEARS IN (POP) CULTURE 
    Wednesday, November 4, 12:00 p.m. Central Time
 - Register Here
    Panelists: Dr. Don MooreDr. Andrew Derocher
    Polar bears have played an important role in indigenous cultures throughout the Arctic for thousands of years. But they've also become icons around the world in different ways. Join us as we explore these varied roles. Watch the archive.

DISCOVERING OUR WORLD WITH STEM
With Discovery Educator Network (DEN)
Host: Lance Rougeux 
Panelists: Dr. Megan Owen, Dr. Kyle Armour, Dr. Nick Pilfold

  • POLAR BEARS AND PENGUINS: POLAR OPPOSITES - (For Kids)
    Monday, November 9, 9:30 a.m. Central Time - Register Here
    Find out how polar bears and penguins are connected even though they live on opposite ends of the earth! Watch the archive.
  • ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
    Monday, November 9, 12 p.m. Central Time - Register Here
    Are narwhals real? Do seals snore? How much can a polar bear eat in one sitting? We've collected questions from students, teachers, and the public throughout the season and answer them here. Watch the archive.
  • CRACKING THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE GROLAR BEAR WITH TECHNOLOGY
    Tuesday, November 10, 12 p.m. Central Time - Register Here
    It’s a grizzly, it’s a polar... no, it’s a grolar bear! Take part in our STEM Challenge ahead of the webcast (download PDFs at the bottom of this page) to learn about polar and grizzly bears, then join us to help brainstorm different technologies that can help us understand this half-grizzly, half-polar curiosity! Watch the archive.
  • BLOOMS, BUGS, BIRDS, AND BEARS: A FIELD TRIP TO THE CHURCHILL NORTHERN STUDIES CENTRE
    Thursday, November 12, 10 a.m. Central Time - Register Here
    Churchill, Manitoba is home to much of Canada’s polar bear science, but that’s not the only research happening here! Take a tour with us of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, an incredible research facility on the shores of Hudson Bay. 

LIVE CHATS - FALL 2015
With host Alysa McCall - our live chats are shorter and more informal than our webcasts, with no registration required

Welcome to the Tundra!
Monday, October 26, 2 p.m. Central Time
It’s time to launch this year’s live cams of the polar bear migration near Churchill, Manitoba! Learn about these amazing bears and why so many gather here each fall. We can’t wait to give you the first official look at this year’s bears!
Guest: BJ Kirschhoffer

Live Cams from the Arctic
Wednesday, October 28, 2 p.m. Central Time
Join as we chat about live cams streaming from the Arctic, from our own polar bear cam to snowy owls and walruses.

Living with Polar Bears
Friday, October 30, 10 a.m. Central Time
People across the Arctic have lived with polar bears for thousands of years. We talk with Jack Omelak, an Alaskan Inupiat who works closely with northern communities impacted by changes in sea ice and polar bears.

Keeping Wildlife SAFE
Tuesday, November 3, 11 a.m. Central Time
Join our experts to talk about the SAFE program. Learn why we should help endangered species, how the Arctic impacts other ecosystems—and the role zoos can play in conserving animals around the planet.
Guests: Dr. Don Moore, Kassie Siegel

Polar Bears in Berets
Wednesday, November 4, 2:30 p.m. Central Time
Maybe you’ve heard of the upcoming Paris climate talks, but why should you care? Tune in to hear our experts explain the importance of COP21, what the talks mean to polar bears, and how we can help sustain a future for polar bears—and people too.
Guests: Kassie Siegel, Dr. Andrew Derocher

Skylight Studios Special Event
Thursday, November 5, 2 p.m. Central Time
TBD

Polar Bear Week!
Friday, November 6, 11 a.m. Central Time
Join top polar bear experts to talk about different polar bears populations and research all across the world! Discover why your actions to conserve polar bears will help conserve all Arctic species, as well as the way of life of the people that also call this region home.
Guests: Dr. Andrew Derocher, Geoff York

Polar Bears Around the World
Tuesday, November 10, 2:30 p.m. Central Time
Churchill’s polar bears are pretty amazing, but did you know there are 18 other polar bear populations? Take a journey with us to explore the different areas they live in, the people they live near, and the research projects they’re part of, and the one thing they all have in common.
Guests: Dr. Andrew Derocher, Geoff York

Using STEM to Study Polar Bears
Wednesday, November 11, 2 p.m. Central Time
Technology has become a part of our daily life through cell phones, computers, and more. But it’s also allowed us to learn incredible things about polar bears! Join our expert panelists to hear how they use STEM to figure out this incredible white bear.
Guests: Dr. Nick Pilfold, Dr. Megan Owen

*We encourage registration for the Tundra Connections webcasts so we can send a reminder and know who is joining us. The live chats are shorter and more casual and don't require registration.

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 Parks CanadaTakingITGlobalCentre for Global EducationDiscovery Education, AZA, Smithsonian Institution, and Canada Goose.

Grolar Bear Challenge

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