One Subject Every Kid Loves Learning About

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What happens across the country this year when winter snows melt and spring finally blooms? More people than ever are going to be saying, “Hey, is that a bear?”

With black bear and human populations surpassing 100-year highs across the nation, bear encounters will peak to record numbers. After hibernating for five to six months, bears will emerge from their dens in spring to begin replenishing fat reserves that were “burned up” during their long sleep. Well actually, bears don’t “sleep” during hibernation—they simply lapse into a state of torpor and can be aroused if disturbed. And if you happen to stumble into an occupied bear den, you’ll discover that fact in a hurry.

As more bears and people live near each other, wildlife agencies face their biggest problem in bear management—educating the public on the do’s and don’ts of sharing the landscape with this large omnivore. That’s why learning about bear biology, behaviors, and how they often struggle to share habitats with humans is so important to the welfare of bears and people. That’s good news for teachers as kids everywhere jump at the chance to learn about bears.

Into the Outdoors is doing our part with our exciting educational section on Black Bear Biology. The video, science overview, and free lesson guide materials equip teachers and students with tools to develop critical thinking as they discover the intriguing world of black bears. These educational materials are just a small part of the National Black Bear Education website with its entire classroom curriculum for Grades K-8 that was developed by black bear scientists and educators from across the country.