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Arctic 2014

July 9 – July 24, 2014

The ship and land-based journey explored the eastern Canadian Arctic and western Greenland between July 9-24, 2014. It involved 85 international high school students, 14 to 18 years old, and a team of 49 world-class scientists, historians, artists, explorers, educators, leaders, innovators and polar experts. Students on this summer’s expedition developed the knowledge, skills, perspectives and practices that will help them to be Arctic ambassadors and environmentally responsible citizens.

Students learned about the changes taking place in the Arctic environment and how these are linked to broader global environmental changes. They explored how human and natural systems are inextricably connected and consider how each of us personally relates to the natural world. Students also examined how personal and societal transformation can take place and they were asked to consider how their own unique skills and interests can help to bring about positive change to their own lives, communities and the world around us.

Expedition activities included extraordinary wildlife encounters, educational day excursions, visits to remote Arctic communities and archeological sites, and opportunities to acquire first-hand knowledge and insight into the dynamics of climate change. Participants had the opportunity to encounter whales, seals, polar bears, caribou, seabirds, walruses and more. The expedition team was part of a powerful cross-cultural experience through which they gained perspective on the planet and their homes.

From 2013 to 2016, Students on Ice joined in the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition.

Expedition Goals

Expeditions equip youth with vital tools and knowledge that allow them to link local realities to global issues while empowering them to bring about positive change.

  • CONNECT to the natural world
  • FOSTER a new understanding and respect for the planet
  • LEARN about the Arctic environment and northern Indigenous cultures
  • EXPLORE solutions to our most pressing global challenges
  • INSPIRE participants to make a difference

Students on Ice is proudly supported by bv02.

This website was made possible by a generous contribution from the Leacross Foundation.