First, we met the North Branch Nature Center's taxidermied black bear. People got to touch the bear's fur, examine it's claws and ask questions about why the bear was there and why it wasn't moving anymore.
Then, we played in a bear den (a big blue tarp in an outside corner of the barn) and learned to waddle like bears. We sniffed apple slices with our dry "people noses" and then smelled them with dampened "bear noses." Everyone agreed that the apples smelled even better with wet bear noses!
At deer camp during snack, we read Jim Arnosky's Every Autumn Comes the Bear. We talked about what bears need to survive in winter. One thing they have to do is eat, often apples or nuts or berries. We visited an apple tree and practiced our bear climbing skills.
We ate some apples like bears...
What fun it can be to pretend to be animals!