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"Understanding Black Bears" Curriculum


As part of its continuing effort to educate New Jersey residents about co-existing with black bears, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife partnered with state government fish and wildlife agencies in New York, Florida and Arkansas, the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and Untamed Science to produce the "Understanding Black Bears" curriculum and the black bear education website:

Teachers and students will find a vibrant assortment of free multimedia bear education resources on the site that is rich with a wide range of movies, images and text that cover almost every aspect of understanding and living with black bears. The site also offers the downloadable "Understanding Black Bears" curriculum for New Jersey's educators and students.

The free classroom curriculum is a self-contained computer program that was developed by educators exclusively for use in K-8 classrooms. It's full of quizzes, puzzles, computer games, special bear movies and tons of interactive learning within 29 lesson activities. In just minutes, students and teachers can access an entire year's worth of exciting black bear education. The teacher's section of the program contains 29 Lesson Activities and their related classroom support materials for teaching the program.

Download the "Understanding Black Bears" K-8 Classroom Curriculum at

Free copies of the original curriculum kit in a 26-disk binder case are also available to New Jersey K-8 Grade teachers, while supplies last. To request a kit, e-mail the following information to

School Name
Mailing Address
Grade Taught
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Last Updated: January 10, 2020