You’re invited to participate in this exciting professional development and collaboration!

The goal of PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing educators and polar researchers together.  PolarTREC is currently accepting applications from both educators and researchers for the 2019-2020 program.

Educators:  Applications for a field-based research experience in the polar regions for 2019-2020 will be accepted from both U.S. informal science educators as well as formal U.S. classroom teachers (teaching in grades 6-12). Informal educators should have the primary focus on outreach to middle and high school students and/or professional development for their teachers. Applications will be to participate in field research learning experiences during the 2019 (usually Arctic) or 2019-20 (usually Antarctic) field seasons.

Researchers: We need researchers!  Researchers that work in the polar regions are encouraged to submit an application to host an educator during the 2019-2020 field seasons.  Researchers interested in hosting an educator should contact program staff as soon as possible at

How to Apply: More information about candidate criteria, application forms, researcher application questions, and program requirements for both teachers and researchers are available here.

Application Deadline: The application period for educators and researchers to apply to participate in PolarTREC ends Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time.

Important: Final selection for this round of applications is pending funding from the National Science Foundation. Applicants will be kept informed of funding status.

Informational Webinar: This archived webinar, aimed at both educators and researchers, gives an overview of the PolarTREC program, its goals and objectives, program components, the application process, and FAQ’s.