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Electronic Field Trip

Teacher Planning Information

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is prime grizzly and black bear habitat. GYE encompasses two national parks, portions of six national forests, three national wildlife refuges, private and state lands, tribal lands, and Bureau of Land Management holdings. Its18 million acres (28,315 square miles) are approximately the same land area as the state of West Virginia! Many factors determine the long-term survival of bears in this vast area. They include proper food sources, open spaces that are free of human development, diversity of landscapes, and sound bear management practices.

Climb aboard our virtual bus, look through its windows into wonderland, and experience the Bears of Yellowstone. Simply open your mind, post your questions on the message board, and see for yourselves how and why Yellowstone National Park is one of the last remaining strongholds of the magnificent grizzly bear in the lower 48 states. Truly, this is one field trip that "bears" a closer look and can save not only a bear's life, but your own!

Be sure your students view the Park Orientation Program first!

Pre- and/or Post-Program Lesson Plans

The Bears Up There

Just the Bear Facts, or Not?

Smokey, Yogi and Who?

I'm as Hungry as a Bear, or Am I?

How Much Room Do Bears Need? Lots and Lots

Related Web Sites:

http://www, (Bear IQ test)

The list of bear-related websites above is undoubtedly incomplete. If you know of other ones that you would like to share with the students and educators that participate on our electronic field trips, please let us know and so that we might post them. You may write or call your regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office for information on bears, as their websites are unavailable at this time. Thank you!

Curriculum topics: 

  1. Natural History of Bears
  2. How People Perceive Bears and Why
  3. Why Bears are Necessary to the Health of the Ecosystem
  4. Comparison of Grizzly and Black Bears
  5. Bears in Yellowstone National Park-A Historical Perspective
  6. Description of Bear Management History in Yellowstone National Park/Greater Yellowstone
  7. National Legislation Leading to the Protection of Endangered Species in General and the Grizzly Bear in Particular
  8. How Public Attitudes Toward Wilderness and the Natural World Have Changed Over Time
  9. Safety in Bear Country
  10. Factors Affecting/Influencing the Survival of Bears
  11. Carrying Capacity

Photo of a 1 year old grizzly bear standing on its hind legs to get a better view.