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—as Arctic winds shake the Tundra Buggies and polar bears prowl outside. Our broadcasts include a mix of short live chats and more in-depth webcasts. To join, review the topics below to find those best suited to you. Then REGISTER* and WATCH HERE at the dates and times shown.

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


Partner: Frontier School Division
Panelists: Jacqueline Monteith, Bradley HampsonDr. Stephen PetersenDr. Vicki Sahanatien. Also special guests from Parks Canada, the Churchill Northern Studies Center, Manitoba Sustainable Development, the Town of Churchill, and more!

Brought to you by the Frontier School Division, live from the Churchill Northern Studies Center:

  • Local Use of Science & Technology – Past & Present
    Tuesday, October 25, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Central Time - REGISTER HERE
    Target age: Middle and high school
    Join us as we discuss the incredible science, technology, and local knowledge in Churchill, Manitoba. What did we know before, what do we know now, and what are we trying to learn? We talk about the importance of connecting with each other to share what we know and to build connections throughout the North to protect this region for the future. 
    Educator resources:
  • Local Use of Science & Technology - Current Practices
    Tuesday, October 25, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Central Time - REGISTER HERE
    Target age: Middle and high school
    What technologies do we use to study animals like polar bears and seals and how can we share that knowledge to grow what we know and conserve what we love? Let's talk about what the future holds for technology in education and land-based learning. 
    Educator resources:

Brought to you by Polar Bears International, live from Buggy One:

Brought to you by the Frontier School Division, live from Buggy One:

  • Science and Technology as Building Blocks for Educational Partnerships
    Thursday, October 27, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central Time - REGISTER HERE
    Target age: Educational professionals
    Join Frontier School Division experts to talk about recent partnerships in science and technology and some successes and challenges of using it in Northern Manitoba. How we can all move forward to enhance education for youth around the globe?
    Educator resources:

Partner: Discovery Education
Panelists: Kyle Schutt, Julene Reed, Dr. Thea Bechshoft, Dr. Flavio Lehner

Arctic ABCs
Monday, November 14, 11:00 am-12:00 pm Central Time - REGISTER HERE
Target age: Content 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:

Ice Bears in Your Backyard
Tuesday, November 15, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Central Time - REGISTER HERE
Target age: Content 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, November 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm Central Time - REGISTER HERE
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.


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 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 Discovery Education, Frontier School Division, Churchill Northern Studies Center, and Canada Goose.

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