Join PolarTREC!

Host a Teacher on Your Project

PolarTREC teacher Misty Nikula taking soil moisture measurements near Barrow, AlPolarTREC teacher Misty Nikula taking soil moisture measurements near Barrow, Alaska 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, an expert in communication and outreach to share their science, and connections between the science and the education communities.

Researchers working in the polar regions can apply to host a PolarTREC teacher on their scientific expeditions in the Arctic or in Antarctica. Researchers do not incur any additional costs to their project, but can gain a lot from the inclusion of a teacher on their project.

Researchers interested in learning more about hosting a teacher, can do so at About PolarTREC, Program Goals and Objectives, Researcher Frequently Asked Questions, and Program Requirements.

The application for researchers to host PolarTREC teachers is generally available each fall for the upcoming arctic and Antarctic field seasons. If you are interested in hosting a PolarTREC teacher, but missed the application deadline, please contact PolarTREC Project Managers at info [at] polartrec.com or 907-474-1600 to discuss your individual situation.

Mentor Pre- and In-Service Teachers

PolarTREC teachers Jackie Hams, Gerty Ward, and Jillian Worssam attend an orientPolarTREC teachers Jackie Hams, Gerty Ward, and Jillian Worssam attend an orientation meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska You do not have to host a teacher on your expedition to serve as a content expert or mentor to pre- and in-service teachers interested in improving their knowledge of polar science. Through the alumni and extended networks, researchers serve as valuable contributors as presenters or just someone willing to be contacted to answer questions or review science material for a lesson plan.

If you are interested in serving as a content expert, please email info [at] polartrec.com. Please include your name, contact information, and a brief description of your scientific interests.

Conduct Education and Outreach Activities

Students enjoy searching for real artifacts during a lesson at Foothills AcademyStudents enjoy searching for real artifacts during a lesson at Foothills Academy, Wheat Ridge, Colorado PolarTREC is a continually growing network of teachers, scientists, and other polar professionals. If you are interested in making connections to teachers in or near your community, let us know!

Additionally, don't forget to visit the online PolarTREC Learning Resources Database before your next classroom visit or community outreach event. The Learning Resources database includes interdisciplinary lesson plans, activities, video, audio and more tools for your next outreach event.