A Shout-out to Teens 14-17 years old

Come take on the Challenge! You too can outsmart CO2 and help save Polar Bears and their Arctic habitat!

photo courtesy of PBI

Registration for Polar Bears International (PBI) Project Polar Bear Contest is open until November 15th 2011. This bi-national contest challenges teens to develop community projects that reduce the carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere. Teens, here’s your chance to get a team of your peers and an adult mentor to collectively make a big difference! In 2010, The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) teamed up with PBI and registered seven teams for the Project Polar Bear contest. Four teams took part in the regional contest and one team made it all the way to the finals, finishing as one of the honorable mention teams in this bi-national competition.

The Project Polar Bear contest begins in the fall of each year. Teams work on their project for three to four months, reporting on their progress through blogs on the PBI website. Judging takes place in early spring and the highest ranked team is announced in April. The Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) sponsors a regional contest with special prizes going to the winning teams.

Prizes for the 2011-2012 bi-national PBI contest include a trip to Churchill, polar bear capital of the world, for the highest ranked team and their mentor, and a trip to San Diego, with special tours at the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego, for the two honorable mention teams and their mentor.

Check out Caitlynn Turner’s blog post on her recent visit to Churchill, Manitoba for Teen Leadership Camp. She participated in the Project Polar Bear Contest in 2010 and this year represented the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden as the Teen Arctic Ambassador.

You too can have this experience! Take on the Teen Challenge and register NOW for the Project Polar Bear Contest