Polar Explorers Adventures 

Meet polar researchers and join them on a scientific adventure! Pack your bags and visit the Polar Regions, both the Arctic and Antarctic, and work with researchers to learn how collecting and using scientific data helps us understand and solve environmental problems. 

Whether you are part of an after-school club at school, hybrid learning program, or even as independent adventurer, join our research team!

Choose your Adventure! Earn a digital Polar Explorer badge for each adventure you complete.

Featured Adventure

Data to the Rescue – Penguins Need Our Help!

Pack your bags and head off to the Western Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica with Dr. Megan Cimino.  Learn how she is using data to help understand and save the Adélie penguins. Get creative and communicate science with a Data Jam!

This module includes 7 activities that introduce students to the Polar Regions, how scientists analyze data, penguin and ice datasets and more. The Adventure culminates in a Data Jam activity, wherein student can create their own creative presentations featuring Polar ice and penguin datasets.

For more information, please check out the Facilitator’s Guide (coming soon).

Other Adventures 

Embrace the cold and take an expedition with our scientists as they explore life in the Polar extremes! 

Each of these activities takes around 40 minutes. Students can earn a badge for completing each one!

Ice Moves!

Join a glaciologist on an expedition to Greenland. 

  • Scientist: Dr. Ellyn Enderlyn
  • Location: Greenland
  • Featured Tool: GPS unit

Glaciers in Greenland

Join a glaciologist on an expedition to Greenland

  • Scientist: Dr. Michalea King
  • Location: Greenland
  • Featured Tool: Auger

Ancient Antarctica

Join a glaciologist on an expedition to Antarctica 

  • Scientist: Dr. Stacy Porter
  • Location: Antarctica
  • Featured Tool: Ice core

Fire in the Arctic

Join an aquatic biogeochemist on an expedition to Siberia 

  • Scientist: Bianca Rodriquez Cardona
  • Location: Siberia
  • Featured Tool: Sample bottle

People in the Arctic

Join an Archeologist on an expedition to Alaska 

  • Scientist: Dr. Bree Doering
  • Location: Alaska
  • Featured Tool: Trowel

Streams in the Dry Valleys

Join a geochemist on an expedition to Antarctica  

  • Scientist: Chris Gardner
  • Location: Antarctic Dry Valleys
  • Featured Tool: Calking gun

Lakes in the Dry Valleys

Join a microbiologist on an expedition to Antarctica  

  • Scientist: Dr. Rachael Morgan-Kiss
  • Location: Antarctic Dry Valleys
  • Featured Tool: Fluorometer

More to Learn (coming soon)

  • Team Science: Meet Dr. Melisa Diaz and learn how collaboration in science is so important. 
  • Humans in the Polar Regions: Learn how we can work together to document and study these icy and changing environments. 
  • Weather and Climate in the Polar Regions:  Learn how the weather and climate at the Poles impacts us wherever we live! 
  • Gathering Data Using Technology:  Learn how researchers are using technology to gather data in the Polar Regions. 

For Adventure Guides (aka parents, mentors, and teachers)

Access our field guides to help support your adventurers in their research missions.  The guide will help you integrate online learning with afterschool club meetings or programs.