Penn Staters have been granted exceptional exposure to Arctic and Antarctic conditions recently -- and not just because of the unusually harsh winter. The second annual "Polar Day" (April 19, 2014), the signature event of Penn State's new Polar Center, brought together hundreds of university and community members alike. This followed the robust success of the inaugural Polar Day in the spring of 2013. The Polar Center's mission is to further the study, teaching, and understanding of polar science and the polar regions. Directed by biology professor Eric Post, the center has provided opportunities for education and engagement, as well as a few surprises.