Black Bear FestivalFree arts and crafts and interactive games for children at participating organizations booths throughout the festival. Some of the activities scheduled are:

  • Florida panther kite and wildlife photos
  • Interactive games like "Come Be a Bear"
  • Meet Smokey the Bear!
  • Kid's casting clinic
  • Kid's archery
  • Safe Camping in Bear Country activity.
  • Tee shirt stamping
  • Make tree cookie medallions (necklace) by Trout Lake External Website
  • Cookie bear heads by Trout Lake
  • Bean bag toss by Lake County Adopt-a-Lake External Website
  • H2O-lympics – Lake County Adopt-a-Lake
  • Make a wind sock – Lake County Adopt-a-Lake

AND much more!

Black Bear FestivalLearn all there is about bears, native wildlife, outdoor adventures and more by visiting the following links:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Defenders of Wildlife
Kids’ Planet External Website

U.S. Forest Service
Forest Service Kids External Website

Ocala National Forest
Just for Kids External Website

Black Bear Scenic ByWay
Kids Corner External Website

Lake County
Family Fun Destinations External Website


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FWC Facts:
The Bear Management Volunteer Program helps resolve human-bear conflicts in the Panhandle through information packets, educational programs and bear-proof trashcan caddies.

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