The National Wildlife Federation teamed up with Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Filmed Entertainment on the MacGillivray Freeman Film, To The Arctic, to offer educational content designed around the film. Through our educator's guide and other resources, kids can learn more about polar bears and find out how to help protect its Arctic habitat.
To the Arctic takes viewers on a spectacular journey of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness. This magnificent footage gives viewers an intimate, up-close look into this polar bear family’s struggle to thrive in a challenging environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, and majestic snow-bound peaks.
Polar bears live only in the Arctic, and are incredibly specialized hunters that have adapted to life in this environment. The sea ice is their hunting grounds, and they depend on it for survival. Three-time Academy Award®–winner Meryl Streep narrates the film, which educates audiences on the reality of climate change and its effect on polar bears and their habitat.
Take a look at the official trailer.
Download the official movie poster
News about climate change is everywhere—in papers and magazines, on TV and the radio, and even at the movies. Now more than ever, children need climate change information that's presented at a level they can understand and relate to—and in hopeful ways. This guide is a tool that can help educators do just that.
This guide’s activities are designed for grades 3 through 5, with extensions for younger and older children. These activities meet national standards for English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Visual Arts.
Download the educator's guide (PDF)
Visit the Climate Classroom: The Arctic is a region teeming with wildlife, from large mammals like walruses and polar bears to birds, fish, small plants, and tiny ocean organisms called plankton. Unfortunately climate change is threatening the Arctic habitat. Discover resources in the Climate Classroom that can start conversations with children about what climate change is and how it affects wildlife. Then talk with them about ways they can help.
Adopt an Animal: Consider symbolically adopting a polar bear through the National Wildlife Federation—adoption supports our education and conservation efforts.
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