Penguin Science

Penguins Marching Into Your Classroom


Welcome to the Penguin Science Education Page!

Here you will find fun and educational activities to help students learn about Adelie Penguin life, history and their relationship to climate change.

Students can send questions to the researchers who study penguins, check the nests of penguins as they raise the chicks, and (from Oct-Jan) even receive a postcard from Antarctica!

Adelie Penguin's existence in the far southern region of our planet. The average day in the life of a penguin is filled with adventure and drama, as they struggle to live and thrive in a challenging environment and changing climate of Antarctica.

Explore the many activities below. Check out the Gallery of Pictures, the yearly Journal and test your skills at answering the Reflections from the Field. Go to the Did You Know section to find out how we know what we know.

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Count the seal activity

New ! ! ! Help us count Weddell seals in Antarctica using satellite imagery!  Knowing ‘how many’ of any species is a challenge for researchers. In recent years satellites have been able to help with this task, but there are so many pictures, we are asking classrooms to help. Students use satellite images to track changes in the population of seals within a season and between seasons. Go here for the activity and send us your data.
  *NEW stories every day. The 2015-16 Adelie Penguin breeding season will begin November 24, 2015. We will have a new story everyday about penguins, life in Antarctica and our research. You can read the archived stories by clicking HERE


Nov to Jan is the breeding season for Adelie Penguins at Cape Royds on Ross Island, Antarctica. Follow along as researchers post daily pictures of penguin families brooding, hatching, guarding and fledging their chicks. Daily pictures start Nov 24, and will run through Jan 17. Adopt your favorite penguin pair and keep a field journal of their breeding activities. The 2015-16 season will begin Nov 24, 2015. Click HERE to see archived weather data, HERE to see archived pictures from the penguin families during the 2011, 2012, 3013 and 2014 Nest Check seasons.


Your students can receive a postcards from Antarctica. Have your students desgin a penguin postcard, self address and stamp it, then mail them as a class in a single envelope to us before Dec 31, 2015 and they will be returned with the unique "Antarctica" postmark. Check out the flyer for details. Go HERE to see postcards sent to us from children all over the country.


Design a flag to fly at the penguin breeding colony at Cape Royds research station in Antarcitca. They must be sent by Dec 15, 2015. Check out the flyer for details. Go HERE to see flags from schools all over the country that have flown in Antarcitca.

Powerpoint presentations for your classroom. These classroom ready presentations were prepared for students in grade 4-8. Select from several topics. Slides include teaching notes and can be modified for other grades.



How do these amazing birds cope with the harsh environment of Antarctica? These close up pictures will show the many adaptations which allow Adelie Penguins to live and breed in the coldest environment on Earth.

Do you have questions about Adelie Penguins? Search this list of previously asked questions by students and adults from all over the world. Your question not there? Use the form at the bottom of the page to submit your unique question.
  Interesting facts about Adelie Penguins and how we know what we know. How do scientists work, what instruments do they use and how do they discover the answer to their questions?
  Here is your chance to be a penguin research scientist. Study these pictures and come up with your own ideas of why these birds do what they do. Write us with your ideas.
Gallery of Pictures. Browse many topics of interest including Adelie Penguins, Emperor Penguins, Antarctic Landscapes, Antarctic Wildlife.



Polar Resources for Teachers


If you would like to learn more about the other speices of penguins around the world click here to go the International Penguin Conservation Work Group