Student Scientist Series

Our Student Scientist Series is a compilation of data-rich lesson plans that places students in the role of wildlife scientists. Using Bear Trust’s signature lesson design, students use real-world data to evaluate timely conservation issues. We use a flipped learning model, where teachers don’t stand before the class and lecture. Instead, youth become wildlife scientists! We provide objective information, instructions for analyzing real-world data, and we ask students to explore tough conservation questions. Why? Today’s high school students will be tomorrow’s decision-makers. We need them to develop critical thinking skills and appreciate the value of science in conservation.
  • FREE!
  • Real-world data
  • North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
  • Wildlife science technology (GIS, GPS, population modeling, etc.)
  • Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards.
  • Tackles controversial issues like delisting grizzly bears, hunting wolves, and polar bear survival in the context of global warming.
  • Students use GIS to map home ranges of wild bears, hair snare data to estimate population size, and virtually collect data on wild bears!

Click on a photo above or on one of the links below to review and download a lesson plan today.

  1. Grizzly Bears: Ready for Delisting?
  2. Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains: Conservation Puzzle
  3. Polar Bears of Summer
  4. Bighorn Sheep: On the Edge?
  5. Asiatic Black Bears: Conservation in Taiwan
  6. Where Will the Wood Bison Roam?
  7. The Bear Book Volume II
  8. The Bear Essentials
  9. The Bear Book Volume I
  10. *NEW LESSON* – Nevada Sheep Lesson Plan

Photo copyright:  Grizzly bear photo: Shawn Stewart.  Photos of other wild animals courtesy of Shutterstock.

Project Initiatives

Bear trust focuses on 4 primary project initiatives:

  1. Conservation Education
  2. Bear Research & Management
  3. Habitat Conservation
  4. Conservation Policy

Contact Info

PO Box 10850
Bozeman, MT 59719
Phone: (406) 523-7779