Tundra Connections® Fall 2014

Wow. What a line-up! You're invited to meet and talk with some of the world's foremost authorities on polar bears and climate change during our free Tundra Connections® broadcasts from the Polar Bear Capital of the World! Big names. With big stories. And wild polar bears roaming outside!

This year we've added 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 below. 

Questions? Check out our FAQ. After watching, please take our survey—you'll be entered into a drawing for a free polar bear adoption!

LIVE WEBCASTS

STEM WEEK FOR STUDENTS & EDUCATORS 
Host: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Educator Network); REGISTER HERE
Guests: Dr. Seth StapletonDr. Tom SmithJody Reimer

    • A VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP TO THE POLAR BEAR CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
      Tuesday, October 28, 11 a.m. Central Time. Join Kyle on a Churchill adventure. How different is it from his hometown? Discuss living with polar bears and why there are so many bears here. Did Kyle pack enough warm clothes? Teacher resources. Missed it? Here's the archive.
    • POLAR BEARS FROM THE AIR: DRONES AND SATELLITES 
      Tuesday, October 28, 1:30 p.m. Central Time. Does the word “drone” make you think of wildlife research?  Join our experts and find out how new technologies are becoming an important way to study polar bears. Teacher resources.
    • POLAR BEAR, POLAR BEAR, WHAT CAN YOU HEAR? (For Kids, K-2nd Grade)
      Wednesday, October 29, 12: 30 p.m. Central Time. Who has better hearing: a polar bear or your family dog? How far away can a polar bear smell a seal? Learn about how a polar bear’s amazing senses help them find food and survive the arctic winters! Teacher resources. Missed it? Here's the archive.
    • POLAR BEARS BY THE NUMBERS + MATH CHALLENGE 
      Thursday, October 30, 12 p.m. Central Time. Find out how scientists use math to understand polar bears! Take our Math Challenge and check out Taking It Further to dig a little deeper. Teacher resources. Missed it? Here's the archive.
    • A VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP TO THE POLAR BEAR CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
      Thursday, October 30, 1:30 p.m. Central Time. Join Kyle on a Churchill adventure. How different is it from his hometown? Discuss living with polar bears and why there are so many bears here. Did Kyle pack enough warm clothes? Teacher resources. Missed it? Here's the archive.

POLAR BEAR WEEK- TAKE THE NEXT STEP!
Host: Dr. Don Moore (Smithsonian's National Zoo); REGISTER HERE
Guests: Dr. Steven Amstrup; Geoff York; Dr. Andrew Derocher; Megan Owen; Dr. Cecilia Bitz 

    • TAKE THE NEXT STEP #SAVEOURSEAICE - VIEW HERE
      Tuesday, November 4, 1 p.m. Central Time. How can you take the next step to help polar bears? Share your actions and projects and help #SaveOurSeaIce! Teacher resources. Missed it? Here's the archive.
    • BEARS IN A WARMING WORLD - VIEW HERE
      Wednesday, November 5, 11 a.m. Central Time. Climate change isn’t only impacting polar bears, it has an effect on all bear species. Join our experts to discuss how bears worldwide are being impacted by a changing climate. Teacher resources. Missed it? Here's the archive.
    • Polar Bear Play: Our Favorite Polar Bear Highlights - VIEW HERE
      Thursday, Nov. 6, 12:00 p.m. Central Time. Live from the tundra and from our archives of polar bear footage, we explore the characteristics, habits, and behaviors of our favorite bear, the polar bear. Missed it? Here's the archive.

GLOBAL WEEK - CONNECTING ECOSYSTEMS 
Host: Terry Godwaldt (Taking IT Global); REGISTER HERE
Guests: Alysa McCall; Dr. Stephen Petersen; Dr. Jennifer Kay 

  • CONNECTING ECOSYSTEMS AROUND THE WORLD - VIEW HERE
    Tuesday, November 11, 10 a.m. Central Time. Explore the interconnectedness of the Arctic, how this compares to other ecosystems, and how one small change in the web can have serious consequences. Teacher resources. Missed it? Here's the archive.
  • MARINE MAMMAL CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION - VIEW HERE
    Tuesday, November 11, 12:30 p.m. Central Time. Join our panel to discuss the role zoos play in conservation. Missed it? Here's the archive.
  • THE POLAR BEAR - CANADA'S ICON - VIEW HERE
    Wednesday, November 12, 1 p.m. Central Time. Canada is home to two–thirds of the world’s polar bears. How do Canadians view polar bears, and what are we doing about their situation?

LIVE CHATS - VIEW HERE

  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1 p.m. Central Time
    Polar Bear Cam, Live! With Alysa McCall & Ranger Roy - Missed it? Here's the archive.
  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1:30 p.m. Central Time
    Welcome to Buggy One! Also, Mums and Cubs! Teacher resources.
  • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 11 a.m. Central Time
    Alaskan Polar Bear Moms Teacher resources.
  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 3 p.m. Central Time
    Bear Talk with Chris Morgan & Alysa McCall - Missed it? Here's the archive.
  • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 11 a.m. Central Time
    Tracking Polar Bears in Hudson Bay Teacher resources.
  • SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2 p.m. Central Time
    Polar Bear Week and the Energy Challenge 
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 12 p.m. Central Time
    Polar Bears in the Arctic, Always!
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 11 a.m. Central Time
    Myths and Misconceptions: Polar Bears and Climate Change
  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2:30 p.m. Central Time
    Five Things You NEED to Know About Polar Bears
  • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 12 p.m. Central TIme
    For One, for All - conserving polar bears helps people
  • SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1 p.m. Central Time
    Stressed Out Polar Bears 

*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 Canada, Google Street View, Discovery Education, The Centre for Global EducationTakingITGlobal, and Canada Goose.

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