Fairing well in Fairbanks!

Boreal forest on the drive to UAF
A view of the boreal forest from the van as we drove to UAF

We arrived in Fairbanks late Saturday and began our first day of PolarTREC training Sunday morning. We are officially PolarTREC educators and the 2019 cohort is full of eager, dedicated, and inspiring teachers! I've already learned a lot, and not just from PolarTREC administration, but from these educators. Hanging out with them over the last 24 hours has galvanized me.

Getting ready to work at UAF
The sign on our way to the elevator

Before leaving Texas, I was immensely nervous about the challenge that awaited me. Texas weather is nothing like Fairbanks, let alone the arctic environment of Barrow and Toolik, where I will join Dr. Steven Oberbauer and Dr. Jeremy May for field work in June. In addition to that, us educators have an important job ahead of us. We will be field assistants and we will be sharing important research with not only our schools and local community, but the world. My mind has definitely been put at ease, though, after hearing about past educators experiences, and getting to meet this new cohort of teachers that will also be joining field researchers in the Arctic and Antarctic. I feel so lucky to be a part of this team.

We have arrived
Unloading the van at UAF and walking into the building on our way to IARC

Throughout the last couple of days we have gone over what is expected of us and what we can expect out in the field. We've started to strategize and plan our work flow. The support of the PolarTREC staff and the enthusiasm and ideas that have been flowing from our cohort is infectious. I can't wait to get started!

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Weather Summary
Sunny and Cool (for someone from Texas!)
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Dominic Perez

What where your first thoughts when you arrived to Fairbanks?


WOW!! It all looks very beautiful.


How nervous were you on a scale of 1-10

Nathan Salinas

Did u like traveling that long?

Shelby Salazar

The sunset looks pretty

Aleck de la Cruz

It looks really pretty there.

Ruben Ibarra

I would be nervous too.

Nathalie Moreno

How much time did it take to get there?

Abraham Riza

i would be nervous too;)

Caleb Medellin

Was the building located in a collage or is it its own building/ buisness ?

Jorge Ramirez

That is very nice.

Samantha orta

that looks like a fun trip

Keith Newman 69 420

I would be nervous too xd xd xd xd

Michelle Martinez

I bet the views were amazing to see on the way over there.


How tall are the trees?

Ethan Kypuros

If you were ask to go to Sahara desert or Antarctica. Where would you go??

Jose Luis Martinez 5

I'm excited to hear about you adventure to the arctic!


How long did it take to get to the UAF?

Zuhailey Diaz

What other inspiring teachers were there with you?

Ivan Gomez

I hope that the people there will do research and help stop it from melting.

Paola Sedeno

Alaska looks so beautiful!


looks lake an adventures trip


keep up the sweat and grind

Natalie Gomez

Whenever you officially got there , Was it as cold as you expected?


were you nervous at first?

Ashley Pina

How cold was it in the arctic?

Janell Velasquez

The sunrise looked so pretty with its different colors

Alexia Flores

I hope the scientists can stop the arctic from melting so we can save the polar bears!

Monica Moran

What was your reaction when you were told you got picked to be apart of the team?

ximena segura

how many people were with you

Dael Barragan

What a cool thing to do flying out to the arctic.

Annette Rodriguez

I would be just as nervous.

Janie Rodriguez

Must have been an awesome experience!

Christopher Garcia

How tall were the trees?


Looks like a very fun place to visit!

Abigail Ledesma

What was one of the most interesting animals/plants that you saw

Robert Lara

I hope they can try to make it stop melting.

sea bear kid

that's a very big building

Alan Villarreal

how low was the tempature

Natalie Luna

It looks really nice and pretty.


what kinds of animals live in the area and do they have different features than the same animal but somewhere else example( I don't know if this is true but it's just an example) A fox that lives in a warmer area has a coat that is not as thick as a coat from one that lives in a colder area. (What adaptations do they have)?

Ashlee Estrada

Did you get to see any arctic animals, or animals that you thought were unusual to see in that kind of temperature? except for SloMo of course!


good information about your first day in alaska and on how you felt before you left

Marco corona

I bet it was an amazing experience !