All aboard for the Polar Arctic Express

Polar pose: Angela Zeng in back in Brooklyn after a two-week trek exploring the Canadian Arctic.
Students on Ice / Lee Narraway

Borough Wide

Baby it’s cold out there! Sending warm welcome homes to borough daughter, high school student Angela Zeng.

Our intrepid traveller was only one of 120 students from around the world who had the opportunity to explore the Arctic with Students on Ice as part of an educational initiative to connect youth to the challenges facing the Arctic and inspire them as leaders in their communities and countries.

The two-week trek, July 21 to Aug. 5, included ship- and land-based expeditions of Canada’s eastern Arctic and Western Greenland. The group discovered the secrets of the Torngat Mountains National Park in northern Labrador and cruised among the icebergs off of the coast of Baffin Island. The journey concluded with an exploration of Western Greenland, where the budding scientists witnessed first-hand the impacts of climate change.

The inquisitive students were guided by a team of scientists, elders, artists, and polar explorers, who helped them to develop a deeper connection to the land, culture, and people of the Arctic with hands-on research, listening to elders, visiting remote Arctic communities, observing wildlife, and bridging cultures and understanding with youth from around the world.

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