Information, Education & Outreach Grants

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) budgets funds every year to distribute among the six grizzly bear recovery ecosystems to fund projects and/or programs that reflect the roles and responsibilities of the Information, Education and Outreach (IEO) Subcommittee.

  • Disseminate consistent messages about grizzly bears
  • Promote effective actions and techniques to increase human safety and decrease the likelihood of bear-human conflicts

For more information on the grants, visit here.

“Staying Safe Around Bears” Coloring & Activity Booklet – Print Your Own

Coloring Book Front
Coloring Book Front

The IGBC sponsored the development of “Staying Safe Around Bears,” a coloring and activity book that encourages children to behave safely around grizzly bears and black bears. Please click one of the links below to review a copy of the 16-page booklet.

Print copies from home or download to your computer!

Please note that 11 1/2″ X 14″ paper is required and you’ll need to fold and staple the booklet.

Grizzly Population Lesson Plan for Grades 9-12 Ready for Downloading

grizzly bear: ready for delisting?
Photo by Shawn Stewart

In spring 2014, Bear Trust International (BTI) completed a new science-based conservation education lesson plan titled, “Grizzly Bears: Ready for Delisting?” The lesson plan is available for free on the BTI website. The lesson plan is aligned with the Next Generation Science and Math Standards, Core State Standards, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) guidelines for grades 9 – 12.

“Providing objective information and data and encouraging students to explore tough questions is important to their learning,” concluded Dr. Reynolds-Hogland. “Today’s high school students will be tomorrow’s decision-makers. We need them to develop critical thinking skills and appreciate the value of science.”

Bear Aware Safety Education Trailer on the Road in Southwestern Montana

Bear Aware Trailer Displays

A Bear Aware Trailer hit the road in 2014 in the southwestern region of Montana. The educational trailer promotes how to properly manage potential food attractants and how to recreate safely in bear country.

“This is a rewarding project for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks,” said Laurie Evarts, the education program manager at FWP’s Montana WILD education center in Helena. “It’s great to see so many different organizations partnering to make this happen.”

Partners in the traveling bear safety project include bear-spray manufacturer Counter Assault, which donated the trailer to FWP, and the following groups that contributed funds to helped to design and stock the trailer with educational materials: the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the Gallatin National Forest, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the Yellowstone Club Foundation, Bear Smart Big Sky, the Yellowstone Club, the Big Sky Community Corporation, Big Sky Tax Resort, Wildlife Conservation Society and Republic Services.

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Gallatin National Forests are using the trailer to deliver Bear Aware programs throughout southwestern Montana. Those “Be Bear Aware” education programs—delivered at fairs, schools, and camps—reach 20,000 people annually.