A Virtual Research Mission to  Antarctica


January 2012 Cruise:

Jan 23-Feb 10, 2012


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum come to life with The Bold in the Cold. Register today!

Part of WhaleTimes Taking Science Deeper programs


The Bold in the Cold is the coolest new program in WhaleTimes Virtual Research Missions program. 


WhaleTimes' Bold in the Cold creates a connection between students and scientists from Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division (AERD), Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries Service.

The Bold in the Cold brings research of penguins, seals, krill, and other antarctic animals into your classrooms in a unique and inviting way. By participating in the program, your students become virtual members of an antarctic research mission. Your class receives emails, photos and updates, and more from scientists studying in Antarctica.

Virtual Team Members will join researchers in Antarctica for 3 weeks, splitting their time between penguin camp and seal camp (order TBD). You and your students will receive emails from the different researchers in the different locations.

Read a few Seamails the  Bold in the Cold scientists sent from Antarctica to virtual team members:

It's visitors day in Antarctica! January 13, 2011

Seal Camp News from Ray Buchheit Jan 25, 2011

Last day at Penguin Camp
Jan 14, 2011

Meet the AERD scientists


                  Take your science deeper by enrolling in The Bold in the Cold program today! SPACE IS LIMITED

Students become virtual members by:

Signing the Bold in the Cold poster. Signatures "join" the scientists in Antarctica. 

Following their signatures to two  different locations in Antarctica:

Copacabana Field Station (Penguin Camp)

Cape Shirreff Field Station (Seal Camp)

Tracking ocean exploration through emails from the scientists. Researchers provide updates, photos, and answer students’ questions.

Asking questions, which scientists answer while in Antarctica

Discovering the importance of all animals in the antarctic ecosystem.

Bold in the Cold meets national and state STEM standards.

Join us on the very first Bold in the Cold missions. Here's the 411:


Cruise date: *Jan 23-Feb 10


(Tentative cruise dates. Subject to change by a week or so. Registrants will be notified with exact dates when determined)


$25 per classroom (approx. 30 students) Includes one poster

  • Additional classes: $15 each. (Reduced fee only available if class registered at same time with original registration. Only available to classes within same school as original registration.) Includes one poster per registration.

  • Additional posters: $10 each. (No postage fee if poster requested with original registration.)

Just want a Bold in the Cold Posters? $20 each

*Additional fees outside United States 


Not only are your donations appreciated, they are tax deductible. Thank you.

What if available cruises don’t fit my schedule? Though we encourage classes to follow the research cruise while it is happening, we understand schools have schedules or curriculum requirements that are not always flexible. No problem. Have your students sign the poster and send it to us. We'll return it after the cruise, signed by the scientist. The logs and other information from the research cruise be available on-line when your schedule allows you to incorporate it into the classroom.


 Questions? Contact boldinthecold[at]whaletimes.org


NOTES: Cruises and dates are subject to change. Weather sometimes causes changes, delays, or cancellations of cruises. Detailed information is provided after enrollment and payment. This program is for classrooms and home schools. We reserve the right to refuse.NOTES:  

Teachers are raving about their Creep into the Deep experience.  And we expect the same amazing interaction from the new Bold in the Cold. Here are just a few comments we've received:

    “…an unprecedented opportunity to learn about research at sea…"

   "...Offered our landlocked students a unique opportunity to learn more about the oceans from deep sea explorers…"

   "...I love that it was interactive and students were able to [connect] with the scientists…”


Click here to read sample Seamails from last year's cruises

WhaleTimes, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Find out how to support WhaleTimes education programs. The Bold in the Cold is self-funded by WhaleTimes via registration fees and private donations. All labor, from the scientists time and effort to the office staff...etc. is all volunteer. Thank you for your support.

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