Virtual Field Trips

Discovery Education to Offer Virtual Field Trips of Polar Bear Migration


Discovery Education is teaming up with Polar Bears International to offer a series of free, live, virtual field trips during the annual polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba.

The Tundra Connections webcasts are designed to take students beyond classroom walls to learn about the bears and other arctic wildlife, the environment and careers on the tundra.

Tundra Connections will include three live events, each targeted for specific grade levels:

  • “Arctic ABCs”: Monday, Nov. 14 at noon, EST: With content tailored for K–3 students, this virtual field trip will explore polar bears and other organisms living in the arctic. Students will go through the alphabet “arctic style” and learn new vocabulary along the way.
  • “Ice Bears in Your Backyard”: Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m., EST: Students will learn how water around the globe is tied to polar bears in the arctic. This virtual field trip — designed for fourth through eighth graders and up — will discuss why the conservation of ice and water supplies is important to all creatures, not just polar bears.
  • “STEM on the Tundra: Cool Jobs!”: Wednesday, Nov. 16 at noon, EST: This virtual field trip is designed to help students understand how daily choices impact the world. Students will see how teams on the tundra are using STEM skills to support conservation, and they will learn about careers not typically associated with the tundra. For fourth through eighth graders and higher.

Participants can interact with each other and share their knowledge by using #CelebratewithDE during the webcasts. Discovery Education will also host an online collaborative project to prepare students for the live events.

For more information and details about free registration, visit the Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip website.

Tundra Connections is part of Discovery Education’s Virtual Field Trip series, which take students to some of the world’s best locations for immersive learning experiences. A full list of archived Virtual Field Trips is available on the field trips homepage.

“These types of events empower educators to transport students to fascinating locations for one-of-a-kind learning experiences without ever having to send home a permission slip,” Discovery Education Director of Educational Programming and Production Kyle Schutt said in a statement.

For more information about Discovery Education’s STEM resources, Virtual Field Trips and other initiatives, visit

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Richard Chang is associate editor of THE Journal. He can be reached at [email protected].