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Great Bear Foundation of Montana

  • Missoula, MT
  • http://greatbear.org

Mission Statement

The Great Bear Foundation is a 501(c((3) organization founded in 1981 and dedicated to the conservation of bears around the world and the diverse ecosystems they require to survive.

Main Programs

  1. Bear Basics
  2. Classes and seminars
  3. Research projects

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service areas

International

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ruling year

1982

chief executive

Charles Jonkel

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Keywords

grizzly, polar, brown, sun, bear

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EIN

81-0405765

Physical Address

802 East Front Street

Missoula, MT 59802

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Bear Basics

The Bear Basics Program for K-12 schools is a free, interactive presentation that has educated thousands of Montana students on the natural history, behavior, and ecology of large North American predators. The focus is primarily on black, grizzly, and polar bears, but wolves and mountain lions are included, as learning to live with top-level predators is essential in Montana. Bear biologists review our factual curricula and educational packets that we provide to teachers.

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Environment

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Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 2

Classes and seminars

Classes and seminars for the public include field trips (run at near cost) to the Churchill Northern Studies Center, Manitoba, Canada. Great Bear staff and Charles Jonkel also teach eight to ten classes a year in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy at their Pine Butte Swamp Grizzly Bear Preserve outside of Choteau, Montana, and with Glacier Institute, a non-profit organization based in Kalispell, Montana. Other seminars and conferences include the annual Bear Honoring in conjunction with Salish Kootenai College, and other slide shows and presentations.

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Environment

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Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 3

Research projects

Research projects include the collection of DNA to document grizzlies in the Selway-Bitterroot WIlderness and film and oral history documentation of Kermode (Sprit) bears in coastal British Columbia. Great Bear helped develop a livestock loss payment system to landowners on the Rocky Mountain East Front, has worked in trans-border bear issues with Alberta and British Columbia, and has also been involved in litigation over delisting of the grizzly in the Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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Environment

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Population Served

Adults

service areas

International

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Great Bear Foundation of Montana

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Charles Jonkel

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BOARD CHAIR

Charles Jonkel

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