Learn About Bears at Northwest Trek

Join Northwest Trek for as much fun as you can “bear,” at Bear Camp from May 14-15.

In the Pacific Northwest, living among bears is a part of life, and it’s important to learn how to keep your campsite (and your pic-a-nic baskets) safe. At Northwest Trek, a whole weekend is being devoted to celebrating and learning about bears. The Bear Camp will run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and activities occur on both the Saturday and Sunday.

Photo by Ingrid Barrentine

Photo by Ingrid Barrentine

Benton and Fern, 8-year-old Black Bear siblings, will demonstrate how a bear might crash a campsite. A mock site will be set up for the bears to destroy. Denali, a Grizzly, will go after and tackle food containers to show how important safety is when camping.

Visitors to Bear Camp can bring their Teddy Bears in for a check-up from 12-3 p.m. There will also be crafts, like making bear ears, and a story time in the Cheney Discovery Center.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will bring a Karelian Bear Dog. The unique breed protects bears by intervening in human-bear conflict.

On Saturday there will be representatives from Conservation Northwest and Woodland Park Zoo on hand. Western Wildlife Outreach will be there both days

All of the activities are free with admission or membership to Northwest Trek.

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