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Polar Bears

Part of Milstein Science Series

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Polar bear in snow
Join us on the eve of International Polar Bear Day to celebrate this phenomenal species.

Learn about its behavior, diet, territory and how climate change has made it a vulnerable species.

This family-friendly festival dives into all things polar bear with activities, show-and-tell with Museum collections, and an interactive theater performance. Plus, scientists will be on hand to discuss conservation, polar bears' predatory nature, and how humans have interacted with these amazing mammals through history.

Main Stage Program

Polar Puppet | Noon and 2:30 pm

Watch as a life-size polar bear puppet roams the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, making its way to the stage. You'll then have a chance to ask it everything you always wanted to know about her species. Perhaps even take a photo together, too! Presented by Kathleen Doyle Design.

Polar Party | 12:30 pm and 3 pm

Join us for a special interactive dance party and scavenger hunt with Party Like Brooklyn, where the more you know and learn about polar bears the closer you will to winning special prizes.

Meet the Experts | 1 pm and 3:30 pm

Museum Curator Mark Siddall introduces three polar bear experts, including Kristin Laidre, principal oceanographer at the Polar Science Center at the University of Washington; Eric Regehr, a quantitative biologist studying populations of marine wildlife including polar bears; and Ben Keisling, a research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, where he works on understanding how ice in the polar regions responds to climate change and its effects on polar bear habitats.

Exploration Stations

11 am–4 pm

Explore Museum collections, talk with scientists, and engage in hands-on activities.

Reading Nook

Librarians from the New York Public Library share their favorite children's books about polar bears.

Arctic Obstacle Course

Imagine being a polar bear and try to survive the harsh conditions of the Arctic.

Museum Collections

Examine a variety of specimens and artifacts related to polar bears from the Museum's collections.

Compare the Bears

Learn about the differences between black, brown, and polar bears, from size and shape to eating habits and behavior.

Polar Snap

Take a selfie at the polar bear diorama and use the hashtag #milsteinscienceseries.

The Milstein Science Series is proudly sponsored by the Irma and Paul Milstein Family.