East Texas Black Bear Educator Workshop a Success!

8x8 sticker - educat#2D0323Several months in the making-on February 27th we held our first ever regional Black Bear Teacher Workshop. The workshop was a joint effort between the Houston Zoo and the National Park Service Big Thicket National Preserve. We had an outstanding 85 teachers and wildlife educators in attendance representing 7 different school districts in the East Texas region and several Houston ISD teachers as well. Individuals from the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler as well as several NGO’s, Texas Master Naturalists, state and federal agency representatives were participants in the workshop as well.

Educators were given packets including the Houston Zoo’s Educators Guide to the Black Bears of East Texas, as well as many other resources and educational materials pertaining to black bears. Presentations were given by both Houston Zoo and National Park Service staff. Participants learned about the ecology, history and present status of black bears in Texas, participated in activities that can be duplicated in their classrooms and integrated into wildlife education programs. They also earned 3 credit hours of state education continuing credit hours. The morning was rounded out with a leisurely walk in the Preserve lead by park service staff. Pre and Post evaluation surveys were conducted on participant’s attitudes and misconceptions about black bears and their return to Texas.

There were 13 black bear sightings in Texas in 2009 and already a handful in 2010. Education and outreach is the key to the successful return of this charismatic, yet often misunderstood important animal back to our proud state.



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Shelby ColeWhen is it supposed to bloom?

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Martha VillasenorWhere in the zoo is reek located ? Is it somewhere visible we could see it..

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Tammy ErwinWhere in the Zoo is Reek located??? We don't want to miss getting a wiff of it.

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Trish McIntoshDoes Reek have her own page? Lois at HMNS was hugely popular a few years ago.

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Rebecca Ann ColeSally Nergaard remember when you and Kevy went and saw this flower in bloom?

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Ashley MaldonadoAwesome!!! I got to see the corpse flower at hmns 5 years ago! Would love to see it again!

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Tasha BhagwandinNot Theon… Reek!

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Destiny ShuteIs love to come see when it blooms

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Casey Jones"You are not Reek, you are Theon Greyjoy!"

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Tyler NunleyI know I'm not the only one who thought of Game Of Thrones when reading this? Lol

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Maura A CampuzanoToo cool

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Lee Anne BayYay, I'm so excited! Watching Lois bloom was a rollercoaster, can't wait to see this one!!

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Angelique RodriguezI've always wanted to see one of these up close!!! ( and of course smell it he he)

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Toni H. NobleWill it bloom before this weekend?

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Rachel PossoHa! Love the name.

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Lauren CoxDanny Rubalcava Houston has one now too.. maybe we should get one for the back yard..

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Alex HestilowI saw the most updated picture, is Reek going to bloom or is it lost? :(

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Kim Kooser KeefeAWESOME name!!!!

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Nicki StacySaw this last week, looking forward to updates!

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Maura A CampuzanoGaby Uribe, thought of you

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RickEy DentisPlease keep us updated on Facebook about it. I really want to go see this....thanks

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Neva KloeselRoni Hopkins Glasgow LOOK, Another one!! Be sure to share with your sister!! ;)

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Kayla RichardMelissa Shewbert take the daycare kids to smell this lol

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Meghan Catherine BernalLaura N Rich lets go to the zoo hahah

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