Tundra Connections Fall

Our 2013 Fall Tundra Connections® webcasts aired in October and November! If you missed them, don't worry—you'll find descriptions and links to the archived webcasts below. And be sure to join us in 2014. We'll announce the schedule closer to the fall.

2013 FALL WEBCAST SCHEDULE

Week One, October 21-25
Week Two, October 28-November 1
Week Three, November 4-8, Polar Bear Week
Week Four, November 11-14

WEEK ONE: OCTOBER 21-25
Partner: Google Street View
Audience: Students, STEM Educators, and At Large
Panelists:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 10:30 AM CENTRAL
Superstars of the Arctic: Explore the world of arctic predators and find out who would win: Polar Bear or Snowy Owl?
Target Audience: Grades 4-8 and At Large

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 12:30 PM CENTRAL
Wildlife on the Move: Learn how scientists track animals using cutting edge technology.  From polar bears to snowy owls, find out what this information tells us about these amazing creatures.
Target Audience: At Large

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 at 1:00 PM CENTRAL- JUST FOR KIDS

Amazing Arctic Animals: Take a peek into the lives of some of the Arctic's most amazing animals and the jobs they have in the arctic ecosystem.

Target Audience: Grades 2-4

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 2:30 PM CENTRAL
Think Like a Scientist! Uncover the global effects of climate change as scientists and experts share clues about our warming world and the impacts on polar bears and the arctic tundra.
Target Audience: Grades 4-8 and At Large

WEEK TWO: OCTOBER 28-NOVEMBER 1
Partner:
Climate Counts
Target Audience:
Businesses, Higher Education, Community Leaders, and Consumers
Panelists:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 12:00 PM CENTRAL
Calling All Business Majors! 
Commerce in the 21st century requires a Triple Bottom Line approach - people, profit and planet. As students of business, join us to learn the basic components of corporate sustainability including: waste minimization, supply chain engagement, product innovation and emissions accounting. 
Target Audience: Higher Education and At Large

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 2:00 PM CENTRAL
Leaders of Change & Sustainability:
Engage with our experts as they discuss the tools and techniques available to take action now to stop global climate change. Learn from panelists at the forefront of working to solve the crisis, with representatives from both the private sector and NGOs.
Target Audience: AZA, CAZA, EAZA

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 at 10:30 AM CENTRAL
Climate Counts on Students: When students unite for change, society listens. Join us to hear how you can ignite change on your campus by using the Climate Counts scorecard and becoming a conscious consumer. This session will also focus on student-led efforts that are making waves across the nation, from fossil fuel divestment to zero waste campaigns.
Target Audience: Higher Learning & Empowered Citizens

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 at 12:30 PM CENTRAL
Corporate Climate Leadership Matters! Many businesses have set public, measurable goals to reduce carbon and mitigate climate change. Join our experts to learn about the Climate Declaration and how individuals and companies can contribute to a low-carbon future that spurs economic growth while preserving vital biodiversity and polar bear habitat.
Target Audience: Businesses

WEEK THREE: NOVEMBER 4-8 - POLAR BEAR WEEK
Partner: Discovery Education
Target Audience: Students
Panelists:

  • Moderator: Lance Rougeux (Discovery Education)
  • Kassie Siegel (Center for Biological Diversity, Climate Law Institute Director)
  • Martyn Obbard (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)
  • Tom Smith (Brigham Young University, Associate Professor of Plant and Wildlife Sciences)
  • Geoff York (WWF Arctic Program)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 at 1:00 PM CENTRAL
All About Bears: How do polar bears compare to other bear species? Explore their adaptations and learn how similar and different bears are!
Target Audience: Discovery Educator Network and At Large Grades 4-8

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 at 11:00 AM CENTRAL - JUST FOR KIDS
Polar Bear Senses: Learn how polar bears rely on their amazing senses to survive the arctic chill.
Target Audience: Discovery Educator Network and At Large Grades 2-4

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 at 12:00 PM CENTRAL
Maternal Dens:
 What do you think a polar bear den looks like? Why do you think dens are important to polar bear cubs? Have all your questions and more answered by expert polar bear scientists.
Target Audience: Discovery Educator Network and Grades 4-8

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 at 2:00 PM CENTRAL
Bears of North America: Bears, bears, bears: polar, brown, and black! Join our panelists to learn about denning and reproductive strategies, population status, environmental pressures, legal issues, and research efforts to further understand these three bear species in our warming world.
Target Audience: AZA, AAZK, AZAD, CAZA, EAZA

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 at 3:00 PM CENTRAL
Polar Bears in a Warming World: An update 5 years after the Endangered Species Act listing. Learn about the impact of the polar bear’s listing as a threatened species. How has it helped and what more can be done?
Target Audience: At Large and Center for Biological Diversity

WEEK FOUR: NOVEMBER 11-14
Partner: TakingITGlobal
Target Audience:
Secondary and Higher Education
Panelists:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 at 2:00 PM CENTRAL
From North to South: Exploring Our Polar Regions
- From polar bears and arctic sea ice to the deep sea floor of Antarctica, join expert scientists and learn about the pole to pole impacts of our warming world.
Target Audience: Grades 4-8 and At Large

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 11:30 AM CENTRAL
TakingITGlobal: Tread Lightly - What does it mean to tread lightly? Explore different ways we can minimize our impact on the environment and how treading lightly can help polar bears, their sea ice habitat, and the planet.
Target Audience: Grades 6-12 and At Large

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2:30 PM CENTRAL
Arctic Connections: Exploring Ecosystems Around the World - Join this panel of scientists to learn about the impacts of climate change around the globe and how you can incorporate climate change and the arctic tundra into your classroom.
Target Audience: For Teachers, Educators & HP Catalyst Academy Participants 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 at 11:00 AM CENTRAL
TakingITGlobal, Making a DifferenceLearn how climate change is impacting the polar regions and the actions we can all take to help save the sea ice! 

Target Audience: Secondary Education and At Large

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In addition to the webcasts, we offer free videoconferences. These are prescheduled, with limited spaces available. Read our FAQ to see if a videoconference is right for you. Also check out our archived webcasts.

Our heartfelt thanks 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.

Bear hugs to Julene Reed, an Apple Distinguished Educator and PBI Education Advisory Council member, who directs the PBI Tundra Connections program, and also to Parks Canada, Google Street View, Climate Counts, Discovery Education, TakingITGlobal, and Canada Goose.