Teen Arctic Ambassador: Day 1

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Rachel, with one of our bears, before her trip.

Hello everybody,

Today, Sunday, October 10, I embarked on the trip of a lifetime. This morning, my facilitator, Kindra, and I headed north to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, to study wild polar bears. As we arrived in Winnipeg after a long day of flights, I kept thinking “It’s finally here!” after many months waiting in anticipation. We were greeted by the other ambassadors and facilitators, and I couldn’t have been put with a nicer group.

Everyone is very kind and generous, and we all have the same drive to help the wonderful creatures we call the polar bears. Tomorrow we are heading out on the tundra buggy, and we are going to look for polar bears. I am already having a blast on this trip, and I can’t wait for tomorrow and the rest of the week with my new friends from around the world.

Rachel is the San Diego Zoo’s 2010 Teen Arctic Ambassador. She will be sharing what she learns at Polar Bears International’s Teen Leadership Camp. Read her previous post, Countdown to the Arctic. Read blog posts from the other teen ambassadors.