The Churchill region is polar bear country, and significant safety issues exist whenever we are out of doors. The CNSC is 23 kilometers (14 miles) east of the town of Churchill, and consequently, participants must be accompanied by a CNSC staff member or the scientist, who will carry bear deterrents, before being allowed to go out of doors during free time. When you arrive on-site you will sign the Churchill Northern Studies Centre’s Polar Bear Information Acknowledgement Form. CNSC is a non-smoking facility.
* Please note that not every expedition has couples’ or single's accommodations available. Please call or email Earthwatch to check for availability prior to reserving your space(s) on the team.
You’ll stay in dormitory rooms that house up to four people in bunk beds. Normally, rooms will be single gender. Depending on the bookings, it might be possible to arrange for single accommodations—contact your Earthwatch representative about this option. Single/couple rooms cannot be guaranteed.
* Earthwatch will honor each person’s assertion of gender identity, respectfully and without judgement. For both teen and adult teams, where logistics dictate single-sex accommodations or other facilities, participant placements will be made in accordance with the gender identity the participant specified on their Earthwatch Participant form and/or preferences indicated in discussions with Earthwatch.
Teams 8 and 9 Only: The optional activity of building igloos requires cutting, lifting, and placing 20- to 30- kilogram (45- to 65-pound) blocks of snow that should not be dropped, and at 70 x 50 x 15 centimeters (28 x 20 x 6 inches), each block can be awkward to maneuver. This task requires a lot of energy. Fortunately, there are usually enough people participating to share the heavier tasks. Sleeping bags and pads can be rented from the Centre if you want to stay overnight in your newly constructed snow shelter subject to environmental conditions.
The CNSC water is trucked to the facility, so we practice water- saving measures, including composting toilets and encouraging all visitors to take short showers. There is running water throughout the facility, which includes flush toilets and individual shower rooms. Laundry is available for a fee of $6 CAD per load (washing detergent is included; coin operated).
The CNSC has reliable electricity (outlet types A or B, 120 volts, 60 hertz). You should bring along any necessary converters and adapters.
There is a cell phone booster located in the atrium of the CNSC for calls but it is best not to rely on there being cell coverage throughout the building or at field sites. There is wireless internet throughout CNSC available at no additional charge and Wi-Fi calling is a possibility with some cell phones. There will be a computer available for participants to use in free time but it is recommended to bring a computer or tablet for personal use if possible.
DISTANCE TO THE FIELD SITE
All research sites are within 40 minutes of the CNSC. Transport is by van or SUV, except in winter, when participants are transported in qamutiks (sleds pulled behind snowmobiles).
FOOD AND WATER
The kitchen is run by accredited cooks who prepare all the meals. Food is served cafeteria style, and all users of CNSC share the dining area. Participants will assist with after meal cleanup. Meals are varied and usually include a choice of salads, desserts, and a vegetarian dish. We also have fresh bread and evening snacks.
The following are examples of foods you may find in the field. Variety depends on availability. We appreciate your flexibility.
- Breakfast: Eggs, bacon, toast, porridge, pancakes, French toast, sausages, fresh/dried fruit, yogurt, muffins, cold cereals, toast
- Lunch: Soup, sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, French fries, fruit
- Dinner: Meatloaf, spaghetti, roast beef, turkey, lasagna, fish, potatoes, pork chops, pizza, chicken, salads, Jell-O, cake, pie, fresh fruit, cooked vegetables, stew
- Snacks: Leftovers, fruit, cookies, cereal, popcorn
- Beverages: Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water
- Water: All water is drinkable. Cold, fresh water is available for free in the cafeteria at all times.
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Please alert Earthwatch to any special dietary requirements (e.g., diabetes, lactose intolerance, nut or other food allergies, vegetarian or vegan diets) as soon as possible, and note them in the space provided on your participant forms.
Accommodating special diets is not guaranteed. Vegetarian, lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, and other allergies can generally be accommodated with prior notification.