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For Educators & Interpreters, Volunteers & Nonprofits

Understanding. Appreciation. Respect. Action.

Organizations and dedicated volunteers bridge the gap between management agencies and the public they desperately need to reach. Living with Bears Handbook puts the power of a world of easily dispensed bear information and motivation into your hands.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

Living with Bears Handbook is designed to lead people down the path to living more responsibly with all wildlife, especially bears. With hundreds of professionals contributing to Living with Bears Handbook, it's a tool you can use and recommend with confidence.

Bear Smart Pocket Guides

Three tri-fold pocket guides filled with handy tips and smart advice are a companion to the Living With Bears Handbook. Guides are sold individually or in sets. Learn More


Connecting with Nature, One Person at a Time

Teaching people to value wildlife is sometimes frustrating, often challenging and absolutely vital. People with the skills to make the human light bulb go off are one of Mother Nature’s most valuable resources.

You can’t force people to be responsible. You have to get your message across in ways that inform, entertain, motivate and inspire. With the right tools you can do a better job of helping people appreciate and respect bears, and understand how their behavior affects bears and all the wildlife that’s forced to share space with us. Living with Bears Handbook will arm you with facts, examples and ideas you can use.

What could be more important than connecting kids with nature?


Making a Difference

Thousands of bears all across America owe their lives to committed and caring people. Time is one of the most precious things you can give. Volunteers are in a unique position to educate, inform and inspire. The hours you donate will make a real difference both to the agency, park, forest or community group you get involved with and the wildlife you care about.

"Volunteers are critical in providing community outreach and education in areas where conflicts with bears are a consistent issue. It is impossible for an agency with limited resources to respond to every issue, participate in every event and present to every group in hopes of encouraging people to live responsibly with bears. Well-trained volunteers help free up our wildlife officers' time to focus on human safety concerns or other pressing matters."

Mary K. McCormac, Education and Watchable Wildlife Coordinator, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
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 "Easy to understand, fun to read, and full of case histories that present practical solutions to a variety of real-life human-bear conflicts. As a conflict resolution specialist, I'll refer many people to Living with Bears Handbook."

Patti Sowka, IUCN Human-Bear Conflict Expert Team

Recommended Reading

"As a volunteer at America's busiest National Park, I wish every visitor and employee was required to read this book. It really helps everyone better understand their responsibilities when living in or visiting bear country."

Warren Bielenberg

The Book At-A-Glance

  • Bear biology and bear behavior
  • Reducing the fear factor
  • Identifying the root causes of human-bear conflicts
  • Understanding the role of wildlife management agencies
  • Educating and motivating the public
  • Practical solutions to common problems
  • Partnering with agencies, groups and organizations
  • Success stories from across North America
  • Extensive resources

Put the Book to Work

  • Use as a training tool for educators, interpreters and volunteers
  • Buy at wholesale discounts, sell at presentations and events
  • Give a gift that will keep on teaching in return for a donation to the program
  • Use proceeds from book sales to fund bear education
  • Make available in visitor center gift shops and book stores
  • Give to volunteers as a thank you for service and a reference tool