Nature is a tool that helps children to experience not just the wider world, but themselves.
Educator’s Guide to Black Bear – Texas version
The curriculum lessons in this guide have been created for classroom use. Materials may be re-printed for educational purposes for use in the classroom only. If you are interested in using or modifying the activities for other purposes, please contact the East Texas Black Bear Task Force.
Educator’s Guide to Black Bear – Louisiana version (coming soon)
Bear Summit Presentations*
Louisiana Black Bear Classroom and School Presentations — These lively presentations bring the bear to life for students and faculty. The bear provides a vehicle for engaging the environmental stewards of the future in a regionally relevant conservation and restoration success story.
Louisiana Black Bear Trunks
A wonderful classroom resource, Bear Trunks are filled with natural history artifacts for an interactive learning experience. Students can feel a bear pelt, hold a bear skull model, put their hands on a cast of a bear track, and examine preserved bear scat. Included in the trunk is our multi-media CD “Black Bears and Songbirds of the Lower Mississippi River Valley.” The CD includes graphics and text in a slide show format, complete with audio and video clips and randomized quiz questions at the completion of each section. A teacher’s guide file helps fit the material into any curricula. Study guide and handouts are also available for students and teachers.
The Bear Maze
This educational exhibit allows children to “be the bear” as the proceed through a maze. Children learn about bear habits, nutrition, and lifestyle through a series of activities at interactive stations. Each station represents a season of the year or stage of a bear’s life, with full description and related activity. Children don ‘bear’ vests with a pocket that represents the bear’s stomach. In spring they may fill their ‘bear tummy’ by catching (toy) crawfish in a mock forest stream. At the fall station they will ‘dine’ on hard mast like nuts and acorns, then learn about hibernation in dens at the winter station.
The Bear Maze is often used in coordination with classroom and school presentations. It is also a favorite children’s activity at fairs and regional events.
*Educational presentations and materials are available in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and southern Arkansas.
For more information or to request a presentation, trunk, or appearance of the Bear Maze, please contact the BBCC.