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Polar Bear Weekend

November 4 - 5, 2023
9:00AM - 3:00PM
Step into the Arctic Tundra to meet our polar bear twins, Astra and Laerke. Learn what wild polar bears need to survive and how you can help them.

Wild About Polar Bears

Polar Bear Keeper Chats
Daily at 11:30am
Join us for a Keeper Chat at 11:30. Learn about Astra and Laerke, how we care for them at the Zoo, and what you can do to help polar bears in the wild. You'll hear about what it takes to provide these magnificent creatures with a safe and enriching environment.
Polar Bears in the Wild
Live Webcams
Want to see polar bears in the wild? Watch a Live Polar Bear Cam of polar bears in Churchill, Canada from Polar Bears International (PBI). PBl is the only conservation organization dedicated solely to studying and protecting wild polar bears. Our staff members took a recent trip to Churchill to see polar bears and inspire others to protect this incredible species.
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Furs, Bones and More
Show & Tell (Polar Bear Style)
What do polar bear skulls feel like? How are they tracked in the wild? Learn from our conservation experts!

Daily Event Activities

9am - 3pmAwesome Adaptations - Examine the paws, teeth, and claws of a polar bear to discover how well adapted they are for their frozen Arctic home.
9am - 3pmFun with Fur - Explore fur from Arctic animals and find out how each is uniquely suited to help the animal survive.
9am - 3pmClimate Stories - Watch footage of wild polar bears in the Arctic, learn how climate change impacts them, and share your own climate story.
9am - 3pmSnap a Selfie - with our Paws Up for Polar Bears photo op!
11:30am Keeper Chat with special enrichments.
Garden Tour: Bamboo Paradise
Meet our plants - and our horticulturalist. Free with admission.
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Take Action for Polar Bears
Polar bears in the wild are facing the dramatic effects of climate change. Join us in a discussion of our changing climate and discover how you can play a vital role in helping wild polar bears and other Arctic animals.