Join PolarTREC

PolarTREC opens windows to exciting, cutting-edge polar science for teachers, researchers, classrooms, and the public. Join PolarTREC and discover the Polar Regions! There are many ways to participate in PolarTREC.

Follow the Expeditions!

PolarTREC teacher Dena Rosenberger at the Adelie penguin rookery near McMurdo StPolarTREC teacher Dena Rosenberger at the Adelie penguin rookery near McMurdo Station, Antarctica Anyone can participate in PolarTREC by following the teachers and researchers on their expeditions through the Virtual Base Camp. Virtual learning expeditions allow you to communicate directly with PolarTREC teachers and researchers in the field, read teacher journals, post to message boards, view photo albums, and access classroom activities, podcasts, and video files. The Polar Regions are just a click away!

Participate in PolarConnect events!

A live event aboard the Oden with PolarTREC Teacher Jeff Peneston.A live event aboard the Oden with PolarTREC Teacher Jeff Peneston. PolarConnect (formerly known as Live from IPY!) transports students and the public to remote polar locations to learn about exciting polar science through real-time Internet presentations from the field. PolarConnect utilizes an Internet platform called Wimba that supports online slide presentations, voiceover IP, audio, and text chat functions to allow for interaction with teachers and researchers during their PolarTREC expeditions. PolarConnect participants have the unique opportunity to ask questions to teachers and leading researchers studying the polar regions. Participation and all materials are free! Learn more about PolarConnect and register for upcoming events here.

Become a Member of ARCUS!

Become an individual member to the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States and contribute to PolarTREC and other education and outreach programs. Membership in ARCUS enables you to participate in the world’s leading community promoting discovery and understanding of the Arctic and informing sound decisions related to the Arctic. Your support and contributions enable interdisciplinary thinking, acting, and education that lead to the development of highly collaborative partnerships. ARCUS members form the core of our extensive network, which enables increased understanding of this critical and dynamic region. Our members include organizations and individuals who are making valuable contributions to Arctic research.

Follow us!

Join the Polar Education List to receive news delivered right to your email about polar education issues, opportunities, and important events! Check out PolarTREC on social media at FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Become a PolarTREC Teacher!

PolarTREC teacher Leslie Pierce holding snow goose goslings near Barrow, AlaskaPolarTREC teacher Leslie Pierce holding snow goose goslings near Barrow, Alaska What better way to learn about the polar regions and how science is conducted than to join a scientific expedition in the Arctic or in Antarctica? More information about research experiences for teachers can be found by reading the PolarTREC goals and objectives, program requirements, and the teacher frequently asked questions.

Host a Teacher!

Teacher Amy Clapp and researcher Max Holmes process samples from the Mackenzie RTeacher Amy Clapp and researcher Max Holmes process samples from the Mackenzie River, Canada Share your knowledge and passion for science! Researchers can host a PolarTREC teacher in the field and share their knowledge of polar research with classrooms around the world. By including a PolarTREC teacher, the research team gains a trained and enthusiastic helping hand in the field and a global perspective on science education and outreach. Learn more about PolarTREC, the benefits of hosting a teacher as well as the program requirements for participating researchers or visit the Researcher FAQ section. We are always looking for researchers to work with and applications can be submitted at any time for teams wanting to host a teacher.

For more information please contact info [at] polartrec.com or call ARCUS at 907-474-1600.