'Grin and Bear it'
Elementary school children learned all about black bears at the Environmental Discovery Center on Saturday, Jan. 5, via an Ormond Beach Department of Leisure Services program.
The Elementary Explorers program taught children about the bear's behavior and diet. In 2016, it was estimated that over 4,000 black bears called Florida home. The children learned how to react in the event of a bear encounter, and according to Recreation Leader Duane Price, you should avoid running, playing dead or turning your back on a bear.
The black bears diet consists of berries, acorns and honey and the occasional small animal, such as an armadillo. The children had a chance to go outside and imitate a bear foraging for food, after which they went back into the classroom to make a bear craft.
At 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, the Department of Leisure Services will present a similar program on bears at the EDC, this time for children 3-5 years old. Call 615-7081 for more information.