PBI Chief Scientist Steve Amstrup has studied polar bears for more than 30 years. He will present a public seminar Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m. and participate in a panel discussion Tuesday, April 9, at 3:30 p.m., both at the UW Berry Center. (Mike Lockhart Photo)

 

The University of Wyoming will be providing the public a chance to meet with polar bear scientists. The University will be teaming up with Polar Bears International (PBI), UW Biodiversity Institute, and the UW Department of Zoology and Physiology to host the educational programs.

Brenna Marsicek, Project Coordinator of the Biodiversity Institute says the program is for all ages and encourages lots of families to attend. The event begins the evening of April 8th starting at 6 p.m. with public seminars for adults and high school students. People will get the chance to learn more about the Polar bears, climate change, and more at the Biodiversity Conservation Center. Steven Amstrup from the PBI will be leading the lecture.

The event will continue and conclude on April 9th where webcasts will be available for all ages. The other events on that day include "Polar Bear Tracker" where children in the grades of 4 through 8 can meet biologists and researchers  to learn more the polar bear populations. "Livin' Large Like a Polar Bear" is for grades K through 4th grade where kids will learn how big are polar bears and will be able to explore their unique adaptations to survive in the Arctic cold climate. The final event will be the "Feast of Famine" which is intended for adults and professionals to explore the polar bear energetics throughout the year and find out how strong polar bears are in the Arctic Cold environment.

For more information on the festivities you can simply log onto the university's website at www.uwyo.edu.