Thank You from PolarTREC

PolarTREC family

For over two decades, PolarTREC has been bridging the gap between educators and researchers in polar science expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica. This transformative initiative facilitated countless collaborations, forged powerful connections between educators and scientists, and ignited a passion for scientific understanding. As of 31 May 2023, PolarTREC, administered by the Arctic Research Consortium of the US (ARCUS) has officially ended.

In celebration of the program, a video has been created featuring over 20 years of PolarTREC. The PolarTREC team invites you to view it on YouTube. We hope that you enjoy it as you witness firsthand the immersive experiences and educational opportunities created by the program.

The PolarTREC team would like to thank all who have participated in and supported the program for the last 20+ years. You can continue to stay informed about polar education news through the ARCUS website, social media and email lists. Reach out to us at education [at]

View the PolarTREC video

STEM Report Published

Wormherder meetup, pre-deployment and Asilomar, CA

Exciting STEM Experience Report Alert!
Get ready to dive into an incredible STEM adventure with PolarTREC teacher Bill Henske, as he shares his research experience in the Dry Valleys Antarctica LTER project with Dr. Byron Adams. STEM reports are created by the PolarTREC participants after their research experience and highlight what they learned and how it has impacted their teaching. You can read Bill's report and all past program participants through the Resources section.

Celebrate International Polar Week!

Equinox illustration

APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) International Polar Week is a traditional APECS event held twice a year during the equinoxes (March and September), that is, the dates when the Sun is exactly above the Equator, making day and night of approximately equal length in the northern and southern hemispheres. This is a celebration of the polar and alpine regions with the aim of increasing interest and knowledge about these regions.

The next international polar week will take place this week (27 March - 2 April 2023). During this time, APECS will host activities to engage students, researchers, educators, and everyone interested in the polar regions to share experiences and curiosities at a series of events around the world.

They are planning to cover several topics during the week including the Arctic, Antarctica and Alpine regions, the importance of polar regions for climate change, polar art, and polar engineering.

To learn more about events happening this week, visit this webpage on the APECS website.

PolarTREC Alumni Reunite!

PolarTREC Teachers Reunite

Three PolarTREC alumni teachers found themselves in good company over the weekend! Teacher Sarah Slack (Thwaites Offshore Research, 2020) met up with educators Svea Anderson (Shrubs Snow and Nitrogen in the Arctic, 2018) and Lesley Anderson (IceCube and the Askaryan Radio Array, 2018) while interviewing for an Albert Einstein fellowship. Svea and Lesley, past recipients, were speakers at the event. Good Luck, Sarah!

PolarTREC Alumnus Sarah Johnson Returns to the Arctic

Prepared to deploy a buoy

PolarTREC alumnus Sarah Johnson is returning to the Arctic in late March to assist with the University of Washington's International Arctic Buoy Programme. This program, led by Dr Ignatius Rigor, includes another community science project called Float Your Boat which helps community members and students learn about the Arctic Ocean. We invite you to learn more about Sarah's original expedition in the Virtual Base Camp.