This is a collaborative project among Bear Trust International, Dr. Gary Alt, and Sparkfire Media.
As part of our upcoming The Bear Book Volume II, we are creating 8 virtual field trips, one on each of the 8 bear species worldwide. The goals of our “Bears of the World: 8 Virtual Field Trips” are to provide a window into field science for students and the public, and to provide a platform for the amazing bear researchers who dedicate their lives to wild bear conservation. We seek to connect kids and the public with real-world science in a way that inspires them and incites them to conservation action.
For this video series, Bear Trust has partnered with renowned bear biologist Dr. Gary Alt, who is the scientific host for all 8 videos. Dr. Gary Alt will travel worldwide and visit 8 different bear researchers in their field study sites! We’ll bring real-world, current bear field research into classrooms for kids and into living rooms for the public! To ensure that this video series is creative, engaging, and polished, Bear Trust has partnered with Sparkfire Media, a team of award-winning filmmakers with decades of experience creating films for outlets like the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Science Channel, and PBS Nature.
In addition to providing this video series to high school students as part of our The Bear Book Volume II, we are also working with the Weather Channel, PBS Digital Studios, and National Geographic, all of whom are keenly interested in featuring this series so that the public can connect with bear research, too!
We are currently fundraising for this program. If you are interested in contributing to the Virtual Field Trip series, please contact Dr. Melissa Reynolds-Hogland: (406) 523-7779; firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo of polar bears in image above provided by Dr. Gary Alt. Photos of other bears isolated on white are provided by Shutterstock