About PolarExplorer

Natalie Ylizarde is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland studying science education.

Read and Walk to Antarctica

Dear Elementary Schools,  Show your support for our Antarctic Research Expedition by participating in the “Read and Walk to Antarctica” project! This school-wide project challenges elementary students to read books or do physical activity that equates to the 8,000 mile (12,900 km) journey to the bottom of the world. Not only do students strengthen their … Continue reading →

World’s Southernmost City

Two days, three flights, and 7,333 miles later – I finally arrived in Punta Arenas, Chile. Located on the Strait of Magellan -which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans – Punta Arenas (PA) is a charming port city that has a rich history in trade and exploration. PA also serves as a base for excursions … Continue reading →

Getting to Antarctica

  As I approached the gate to my flight, I began recounting the extensive preparations leading up to this pivotal moment. Indeed, traveling to Antarctica is no easy feat. In addition to the sheer logistics of getting there to do scientific research, my teammates and I also had to pass rigorous medical and dental examinations to ensure our … Continue reading →