Black Bear

On-site Program

Bear Necessities (K-3)

Students will gain an understanding of bear species native to Canada. They will examine the question, “How do humans impact bears?” by exploring bear adaptations, their natural habitats and behaviours, and their diets. Throughout the day they will reflect on the story of the bears under human care here at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo by learning about bear safety and how they can help to protect bears so that they can live in their natural environments. This program will be offered as a classroom-based program from September to March and then be run as a mobile program on grounds from April to June.

Length: 60 minutes
Program times: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m.
Maximum students: 27

  • October-March: $240
  • April-June: $295

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Curricular Connections


  • Demonstrate curiosity, interest and a willingness to learn about the environment and community

Grade 1

  • Describe some common living things, and identify needs of those living things

Grade 3

  • Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments
    Identify requirements for animal care

Develop Number Sense

  • Kindergarten: Relate a numeral, 1 to 10, to its respective quantity
  • Grade 1: Demonstrate an understanding of addition of numbers with answers to 20
  • Grade 2: Demonstrate an understanding of addition (limited to 1- and 2-digit numerals) with answers to 100
  • Grade 3: Demonstrate an understanding of multiplication to 5 × 5

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