A Practical Guide to Bear Country
Whether you're a teacher, interpreter or volunteer, the task of teaching people to value wildlife is sometimes frustrating, often challenging and absolutely vital. Your job is to communicate your passion and expertise in ways that inform, entertain, motivate and inspire – and hope to plant in at least a few folks the seeds of change. With the right tools, you can do a better job of reaching people. And helping them appreciate bears, and understand how human behavior affects bears and everything else that's trying to make a living in a world full of people.
"This book is an invaluable resource. It should be required reading for anyone who moves to or vacations in bear country."Kathryn Sherrard, Wildlife Educator, Appalachian Bear Rescue
The next generation learns all about bears from Bryan Peterson, director of Bear Smart Durango. Many wildlife educators believe that reaching kids is one of the most important things we can do, because not only do we help them adopt the right attitudes and behaviors at an early age, they'll relentlessly hound their parents to change.
Florida school kids learn about living with bears through an extensive and in-depth curriculum guide aimed at stimulating teachers and students in grades 3 – 8. The lessons are designed to incorporate many subjects including reading, language arts, social studies, math and science. Each lesson meets Sunshine State Standards for each subject; educators must attend a free workshop before receiving this popular curriculum guide. The Florida Black Bear Curriculum is a joint project of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Defenders of Wildlife. It works because it teaches students how to think, and sets them on a path that will help them be smarter and better citizens of the world. For more information: www.myfwc.com/education/educators/black-bear
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