Teacher Resources


Your Power as an Educator

As a teacher, you hold a great deal of influence. Your beliefs, your actions, your attitudes and the books and websites you choose to share with your class all have an impact on the students you work with every day. Brainstorm with your class ways to get involved. Teach your students to write arresting, persuasive letters to their elected representatives about what’s concerning them. Write your own letters right alongside. Show them by example that they have a voice, and that their voice is important in the decisions our politicians and business leaders make. Explore the myriad online resources about sustainability, environmental responsibility, and about the Great Bear Rainforest itself. You have the power to effect positive change by working with your students to raise awareness about the Great Bear Rainforest—and the salmon bears, coastal wolves, sea life and other creatures that call it home.

Educational Environmental Resources

Spark classroom discussion with these environmental resources.

NOWHERE ELSE ON EARTH—STANDING TALL FOR THE GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST: A hands-on guide to the magic and majesty of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, with suggestions for activism in any community.

PACIFIC WILD: Dive deeper into the Great Bear Rainforest, and enjoy beautiful photographs at this site. Of special interest is the three-part documentary The Last Wild Wolves, available to watch on the site.

THE RAINFOREST SOLUTIONS PROJECT: News articles, background information, photos, maps and links to the three organizations that are doing their best to save the Great Bear Rainforest

DOGWOOD: Dogwood is a Canadian non-profit group based in Victoria, British Columbia. It is the leading land reform organization in BC.

DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION: A foundation that works with government, business and individuals to conserve the environment by providing science-based education, advocacy and policy work.

ECOTRUST CANADA: A nonprofit organization whose purpose is to build the conservation economy in coastal BC by studying the intersection of conservation and community economic development. Provides services for communities, First Nations and enterprises to green and grow their local economies.

Take Action!

Find out what you and your students can do to save the Great Bear Rainforest. Personal letters are one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to make our concerns known. Guide your students in writing letters to their elected representatives, as well as members of the opposition, newspapers and business leaders. For more information about writing letters to local and national newspapers

THE SIERRA CLUB OF BRITISH COLUMBIA: The Sierra Club empowers people to protect, restore and enjoy a healthy and safe planet!

PIPE UP AGAINST ENBRIDGE: An advocacy organization that protests the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to Kitimat and bring oil tankers to B.C.’s pristine north coast.

FOREST ETHICS: An international awareness organization that works with communities to develop campaigns that protect endangered forests, wild places, wildlife and human wellbeing.

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (FSC): An international, non-profit organization that supports environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests.

SAVE OUR SALMON: Two websites dedicated to saving the wild salmon of BC.

First Nations

Learn more about the First Nations communities that live in the Great Bear Rainforest.

COASTAL FIRST NATIONS: The Coastal First Nations is an alliance of First Nations on British Columbia’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii.

QQS PROJECT SOCIETY: Heiltsuk First Nation nonprofit organization supporting youth, culture, and environment.

teacher guides

We've designed these guides to be used alongside The Salmon Bears and The Sea Wolves. Inside, you'll find thought-provoking discussion questions as well as ready-to-go lessons and extension activities centering on the animals inhabiting the Great Bear Rainforest ecosystem. Click on each cover to download a guide.

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Purchase The Salmon Bears, The Sea Wolves, The Great Bear Sea and Wolf Island. Available in print and digital editions. Discounts available for schools and libraries.

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Teachers’ Guides

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Nowhere Else On Earth


A hands-on guide to the magic and majesty of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, with suggestions for activism in any community.

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