Bear Essentials - FREE!

by  Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Can't make it to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore? We've got you covered with our new distance learning programs! The Bear Essentials program will introduce your students to the adaptations (think body parts and behaviors) black bears use to thrive at Sleeping Bear Dunes and inspire them to think like scientists. Rangers will use costumes and other props to keep younger kiddos engaged throughout the program. Complete a pre-visit lesson with your students, get a virtual visit from a ranger, and wrap things up with a post-visit lesson.

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30-45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Gifted & Talented, Problem Solving, Sciences, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Special Education, Special Needs

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Booking Information

Rangers are available for programs Monday through Friday 8am till 5pm EST. Exceptions may be made for programs to be scheduled outside of these hours, within reason.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

We ask that you please give at least 24 hours notice for a cancellation or rescheduling.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

United States

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It hugs the northeast shore of Lake Michigan and includes South and North Manitou islands. The park is known for the huge scalable dunes of the Dune Climb. Beaches include Platte River Point, where the river flows into the lake. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail winds through forests and the Port Oneida area with its 19th-century farmsteads.

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Program Details


1. This program begins with a discussion about the National Park Service "arrowhead" emblem.
2. Participants then watch a short introductory video about Sleeping Bear Dunes.
3. We get into the core of the program by defining what an adaptation is..
4. Different adaptations of bears are discussed, such as hibernation and their keen sense of smell.
5. We put our science caps on and ponder how scientists can know exactly what bears eat.
6. We discuss whether bears should eat human food and how to respect bears and keep them wild.
7. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


- list two basic things bears need to survive
- list two adaptations bears use to meet their needs
- think like a scientist by observing then documenting and describing their observations

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS3A K-2 -- Natural resources
ESS3C K-2 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
LS1A K-2 -- Structure and function
LS1B K-2 -- Growth and development of organisms
LS4C K-2 -- Adaptation