Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Calling all 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders! We want to hear your story! Entries due by May 31!

Share your bear story in this bear story contest for a chance to have your story read at an International Conference!

Save up all of your bear related questions because the winner of the contest will be having dinner with bear experts from around the world and will have her or his story read at the International Bear Association Conference in Anchorage on June 16, 2016.

The winning story and runner up stories will be shared and read at bear events to help increase the awareness of bears and conservation of bears in Alaska.

We are especially interested in stories where you have learned something. Think of some of the main bear safety messages:
  • If you see a bear, Don’t Run! (you could make them think you are prey)
  • Don’t Feed the bears (trash, garbage, bird seed, or food)
  • Avoid being near bear foods (bears follow their stomachs)
  • Make Noise (so bears can hear you and stay away from you)
  • Travel in a group (safety in numbers)
  • Carry a bear deterrent (and learn how to use it)
To enter – write your essay in the window below. Remember, no more than 400 words.  Be sure to include your name, grade level and how to contact you.

Don't forget to enter by May 31.

Thank you for sharing your bear story with us. We look forward to reading it. Please note that by sharing your story, you agree that your story may be included in future Bear Aware publications and messages for educational purposes in our Alaska communities without further consent.