Adventure Learning – Arctic Animals

Arctic Animals – Adventure Learning Teachers Will Steger Foundation’s expeditions aim to inspire participation in climate change solutions through online adventure learning by bringing the expedition and authentic learning experiences to classrooms via the internet. While exploring the Arctic Community Curriculum, also check out our expeditions for additional educational resources and extended learning! POLAR BEAR […]

Antarctic vs Arctic Comparison Guide

Arctic (North): A vast ocean surrounded by land inhabited by people for thousands of years. Home to four-million current human residents. Includes parts of the United States, Canada, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greenland (Denmark), and Iceland. Home to polar bears, wolves, foxes, caribou, lemmings, wolverines, muskoxen, and other land mammals. Summer home for several hundred […]

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Publication

An international project of the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), to evaluate and synthesize knowledge on climate variability, climate change, and increased ultraviolet radiation and their consequences. The results of the assessment were released at the ACIA International Scientific Symposium held in Reykjavik, Iceland in November 2004. The Arctic Council is […]

Will Steger – Explorers (Modern) BACKGROUND Will Steger began exploring his neighborhood as a young child. When he was fifteen years old, he and his brother took a small boat from Minneapolis, down the Mississippi River to New Orleans and back. Will then began to explore even further from home, kayaking Arctic rivers and backpacking over Arctic tundra and […]

Paul Schurke – Explorers (Modern)

Wintergreen Expeditions Ely, Minnesota BACKGROUND Paul Schurke first reached the North Pole with Will Steger in 1986. He has since completed six trips to the North Pole, crossed Northwestern Greenland, and traversed the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut. His expeditions have been covered by National Geographic, Outside Magazine, NBC’s Today Show, and Smithsonian Magazine. […]

Sam Branson – Explorers (Young)

Sam Branson – Age 21, Great Britain BACKGROUND Sam joined Will Steger on the Global Warming 101 Baffin Island Expedition from Clyde River to Iglulik. Sam took to dogsledding and Arctic travel like a seasoned adventurer. Sam grew up in both England and the Caribbean and has a great respect for nature and all the […]

Ben Horton – Explorers (Young)

Ben Horton – Age 24, Unites States BACKGROUND Recipient of the National Geographic Society’s first Young Explorer award for research he recently completed on Cocos Island involving shark poachers, Ben is a budding photographer and adventurer. Ben is motivated by travel and extreme sports with a yearning to make a difference for his generation. At […]

Tobias Thorleifsson – Explorers (Young)

Thorleif Tobias (Toby) Thorleifsson, Age 28, Norway REFLECTIONS OF A YOUNG EXPLORER by Toby Thorliefsson My path to becoming an Explorer started early. In the early years of my life my parents were always good at getting me outside and never stopped me from doing activities that might be considered dangerous. I got my first […]

Reading Four: Plant communities

Reading Four: Plant Communities Impact: Soil destabalization The ice in the permafrost (permanently frozen ground) helps maintain the structure of the soil. When it melts, trees can start to fall over or sink-holes can develop which then seasonally fill with water and kill trees living there. Impact: Wetland drainageIn some Arctic wetlands, ponds and lakes, […]

Reading Five: Ocean Communities

Reading Five: Ocean Communities Impact: Shrinking habitats for cold-water species In the Bering Sea, we can already see rapid climate change. The temperature of the bottom water is warming substantially, forcing cold-water species northward an/or reducing their numbers. Habitat is also shrinking for ice algae and other microscopic life that live in, on, under and […]