Throughout Alaska, even in our state’s urban centers, humans share habitat with wild animals. Part of life for children who grow up in Alaska is learning how to act safely around potentially dangerous wildlife such as bears, moose and wolves.
ADF&G offers lesson plans, posters, coloring books, and in some regions, classroom presentations, to help teach children and adults about wildlife safety.
Make a Truce with Moose on the Loose
Moose! Staying Safe Around Urban Moose
This 12-minute DVD produced by ADF&G and students from Mirror Lake Middle School in Eagle River is for elementary students. You can view this DVD online, or sign up to receive a free DVD for your classroom or youth group..
Hey Bears! How You Can Stay Safe in Bear Country
This 19-minute DVD produced by ADF&G, Wayne Hall-Stoutman Productions and students from Mirror Lake Middle School in Eagle River is for elementary students. You can view this DVD online, or sign up to receive a free DVD for your classroom or youth group.
Be Bear Aware Coloring Book
In 2016, ADF&G worked with Kodiak artist Mary Ruskovich to produce a uniquely Alaskan bear aware coloring book. This PDF, Be Bear Aware ADF&G coloring book (2016) (PDF 2,951 kB), can be printed out at home. Use 8.5x11 inch paper, landscape format, side or corner staple. If you are an educator or work with youth and would like multiple copies, contact the DWC Wildlife Education program, 907-267-2168.
This PDF of our original ADF&G Be Bear Aware coloring book (2003) (PDF 1,080 kB) also teaches young students the basics of bear safety, including how to keep a clean camp and make noise when traveling in bear country. The Bear Aware poster (PDF 668 kB) is also available.
Bear and Moose Safety Presentations
In some areas, Division of Wildlife Conservation education specialists offer wildlife safety presentations to area schools and community groups as staffing allows. To learn more, call 907-267-2168 for Anchorage presentations and 907-465-4292 for Juneau presentations.