Arctic Reading Resources

Welcome to the Arctic Expedition Reading Guide. Below you will find three different sections that will help you familiarize yourself with the incredible region we are about to visit. Happy reading!

Arctic Expedition Education Modules

If you would like to follow guided readings and exercises to get ready for your expedition, we have prepared education modules that touch on Arctic flora and fauna, peoples, literature, explorers, politics, and science.

Arctic Unit Modules 1-3

Arctic Unit Modules 4-7

Section I: Wilderness – Plants, Animals, and Habitats

This section will introduce you to the plants, animals, habitats and relationships of the Arctic

Chapter I: Plants


Taiga & Boreal Forest

Tundra & Permafrost

Arctic Plants

Expédition Arctique collections

Chapter II: Animals


Diagram of Arctic marine food web

Snowy owl research in Nunavut

Arctic Birds

Caribou & Reindeer

Polar Bears

Walrus & Arctic Seals

Chapter III: Habitats and Relationships


Interactive Arctic Ocean Ecosystem

Shrinking Sea Ice and its Effect on Arctic Ecosystems

Nunavut Wildlife Management Board

ArcticWOLVES IPY Project

Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, Arctic Pollution: How Much is Too Much

Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

Biodiversity in the Arctic

Fishing in the Arctic and Antarctic: Exploiting Living Resources

Meet our Educators

A global team of scientists, elders, artists, musicians, historians, and industry leaders who help to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Polar Regions through cross-disciplinary learning.

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Alumni Stories

SOI Expeditions are just the first step in a life-long journey of discovery. Learn more about our global community of talented and diverse alumni.

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