Educational Resources

Here you will to find black bear related information and activities for children. For more ideas, be sure to look at our Cub's Corner page.

Here are some other helpful links:

The Florida Black Bear Curriculum Guide, a joint project of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Defenders of Wildlife, is a comprehensive series of lessons on the natural history and conservation needs of Florida's black bear. Designed to educate teachers and students in grades 3-8.

A Black Bear walks through a forest in the spring.

The Ministry of Natural Resources in Ontario Canada has  activity books and teacher ecology guides designed for various grade levels available online at: http://bears.mnr.gov.on.ca/.

The following additional activities can serve as extensions and supplements to the lessons included in The Florida Black Bear Curriculum Guide.

  • Bearly Born, How Many Bears Can Live in This Forest? and What Bear Goes Where? 2010. In Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, Council for Environmental Education, Houston, TX. The complete Activity Guide can be obtained by attending a Project WILD workshop. For more information, please visit the national website, www.projectwild.org. For workshops in Florida visit /education/educators/project-wild/
  • Bears: An Interactive Animal Kit. 1998. (Includes a poster and cassette). Scholastic, New York, NY.
  • Brandt, C. G. Maine Black Bear Research And Field Study Activity. The National Health Museum, Activities Exchange.
  • Smith, K. R., and Bush, A. H. 1994. Investigating Science Through Bears. Teacher Ideas Press, Englewood, CO.
  • Wexo, J.. 1987. Bears Zoobooks. Wildlife Education, Ltd., San Diego, CA.

Who says Black Bears can't relax? This one is tired from a hard day of eating.Additionally, the Central Florida Zoological Park(Sanford, FL) offers two outreach programs on bears, one for primary grades and one for upper elementary grades, designed to complement The Florida Black Bear Curriculum Guide. To schedule a program, contact the CFZ Education Registrar at (407) 323-4450 EXT. 123.

You may also want to look for these books, magazine articles, and videos at your local library.

Books & Magazines about Bears in General

  • Anderson, T. et al. 1992. Black Bear: Seasons in the Wild, Voyageur Press, Stillwater, MN.
  • Bauer, E. A. 1985. Bears in Their World, Outdoor Life Books, New York, NY.
  • Bauer, E. A. 1996. Bears: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, Voyageur Press, Stillwater, MN. Burk, D. 1979. The Black Bear in Modern North America, Amwell Press, Clinton, NJ.
  • Cox, D. J. 1990. Black Bear, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA.
  • DeBruyn, T. D. 1999. Walking with Bears: One man's Relationship with Three Generations of Wild Bears, Globe Pequot Press.
  • Domico, T. and Newman, M. 1988. Bears of the World, Facts on File, New York, NY.
  • East, B. 1977. Bears, Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, NY.
  • Grossman, J., and Alt, G. L. 1990. Learning to Live with Bears, National Wildlife, 28(3):4.
  • Jenkins, K. L. 1995. Black Bear Reflections, ICS Books, Merrillville, IN. Hoagland, E. 1976. Red Wolves and Black Bears, Random House, New York, NY.
  • Matson, J. R. 1967. The Adaptable Black Bear, Dorrance, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Shepard, P. and Sanders, B. 1985. The Sacred Paw, Viking Press, New York, NY.
  • Stirling, I., Knight, F., and Kirshner, D. (Eds.) 1993. Bears, Fog City Press, San Francisco, CA.
  • Stirling, I., Knight, F., and Kirshner, D. (Eds.) 1993. Bears: Majestic Creatures of the Wild, Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA.

A Black Bear teaches her cubs how to survive.

Audiovisual Resources about Bears in General

  • Living with Florida Black Bears. 2009. 15 minute video segment that discusses Florida black bear ecology, conservation efforts, and how to avoid conflicts.
  • Season of the bear. Volume I (American Black Bear), Volume II (Black Bear Cubs), Volume III (True Bear Stories) available on video and DVD. To order contact CoveBear Home Entertainment by visiting their website or contacting them via mail at Kate Marshall Graphics, Inc., CoveBear Studios, 11770 Haynes Bridge Road, Suite 205-209, Alpharetta, GA 30009 or email at kmg1@mindspring.com.
  • The Bear Facts, The Story of a North Carolina Treasure. Available on DVD from the State of North Carolina Wildlife Natural Resources. You may contact them via e-mail, mail or phone at 1-866-945-3746.
  • Bears: Kings of the Wild. 1991. 23 minute video. Distributed by Britannica, Chicago, IL.

Media List

See bibliography for black bear research publications and literature.



FWC Facts:
Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. The program is designed for educators of students in K-12.

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