Antarctica Day


Registration Deadline:

Friday, November 1, 2019, 11:59pm


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Celebrate Antarctica Day with a phone call from an Antarctic expert to your school!

What is Antarctica Day? On December 1, 1959, the Antarctic Treaty was signed by twelve nations to set aside all of Antarctica “forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes in the interests of all mankind.” Beginning in 2010, Antarctica Day was established to commemorate the treaty as an event to promote global awareness of this collaborative treaty that set aside 10% of the Earth’s surface and inspire peace and hope for future generations. 

The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration, a UK-US program studying Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica,is joining forces with the British Antarctic Survey on an opportunity for elementary, middle and high school students to talk to a polar researcher on weekdays from November 18th-22nd to celebrate Antarctica Day on December 1. Since we are approaching the 60th anniversary of the treaty, we are offering this opportunity in November to better accommodate your school schedules and increase student participation! Antarctic scientists will offer insights into what it is like to work in one of the harshest and most beautiful places on Earth. They will answer questions on Antarctic research, conditions, living, etc. 

Last year was the first annual U.S. Antarctic Week 2018, and it was a huge success! I have attached an informational graphic of the statistics, testimonies, and fun pictures from the day. Thank you to all those who participated, and we encourage all educators, new and returning, to take part in this year's opportunity. 

If you would like to engage your students in why polar research matters and what it’s like living and working in Antarctica, then please book a slot!


Registration deadline is Friday, November 1 at 12:00 EST. 

For more information and to register, visit