The Bear Book and Curriculum Guide (Vol I)

The Bear Book (Volume I) is a compilation of stories about all 8 species of bears worldwide.  The Curriculum Guide to The Bear Book includes 8 STEM lessons rooted in bear research, ecology, and conservation.  Lessons link to stories in The Bear Book and to scientific papers on wild bear research.


  • Targets youth in grades 9-12
  • Addresses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) goals
  • Meets National Science Standards
  • 4 lessons link to 4 stories in The Bear Book
  • 3 lessons link to scientific papers on wild bears
  • Includes 2 optional power point slide shows
  • Includes a Primer on the 8 Species of Bears


TEACHERS:  Download Your Materials below:
1.  The Bear Book
You can download the entire THE BEAR BOOK
or download the following single chapters that link to lessons in the Curriculum Guide to The Bear Book:
“In the Market for Bears” (links to Lesson 1A and Lesson 1B)
“Views from the Bear Den” (links to Lesson 2A)
“El Patron” (links to Lesson 4)
Curriculum Guide is passcode protected because it includes answer keys.  If you are a teacher/educator, please contact Bear Trust to get the passcode:  When you get your passcode, then click on the link “The Curriculum Guide to The Bear Book” and you’ll get access.  Thanks!
3.  Scientific paper for Lesson 2B (“Microhabitat Characteristics of American Black Bear Nest Dens”)
Permission for use by International Association for Bear Research and Management, Copyright holder
4.  Scientific paper for Lesson 3 (“Hazards Affecting Grizzly Bear Survival in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem”)
Permission for online use by USGS Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team
5.  Scientific paper for Lesson 5 (“Does Aversive Conditioning Reduce Human-Black Bear Conflict?”)
Permission for online use by author
6.  Primer on the 8 Species of Bears (includes photos and information about each species)
NOTE:  This power point slide show is a large file, so please be patient.  It will be worth the wait.

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