The Cougar has many lessons to teach us about life and conservation.
Discover: Predators is a new, engaging education program developed by The Cougar Fund aimed at reaching elementary-aged kids in and out of the classroom. Discover: Predators consists of six fun, activity-based units that explore the amazing life and adaptations of predators, and how we can conserve them. Each unit builds on the knowledge and skills learned in the previous one, however, the activities contained in each unit are flexible enough to stand on their own if you are time-constrained.
This program is designed to be easy to facilitate and adaptable to a variety of settings, including classrooms, after-school programs, summer camps, learning clubs, and boy scouts/girl scouts groups. You do not need to be a teacher to facilitate this program; each unit has detailed instructions on how to lead activities and generate discussion.
Presentations & Special Programs
The Cougar Fund is available to give public presentations and special educational programs, both in the classroom and out. Presentation topics are flexible, and have in the past included: the natural history of cougars, cougar conservation, the history of predator management, and basic, fun activities for children.
In 2015, The Cougar Fund delivered over seventy-five education programs in western Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, reaching thousands of children and adults from all over the country. These education programs are unique opportunities to help people better understand the cougar and to expose them to the many facets of the cougar’s natural history that make it an extraordinary animal.
For more information regarding programs, please call or email us. We are happy to collaborate or develop a program that suits your needs.
This .pdf contains a beautiful cutout of a wild cougar’s face (taken by none other than our co-founder Thomas D. Mangelsen) along with step-by-step instructions on how to turn it into a lifelike mask in a matter of minutes!
This .zip file contains step-by-step visual instructions for how to draw a wolf, grizzly bear, cougar, wolverine, osprey, and eagle. Perfect for arts & crafts clubs or teachers with limited time. Taken from our Discover: Predators program.
A fun, easy activity for children where they get to decorate cookies to look like cougar kittens.
A small collection of cougar photos by renowned wildlife photographer and The Cougar Fund’s co-founder Thomas D. Mangelsen that are free to use for educational purposes.
Spirit of the Rockies: This short film created by The Cougar Fund co-founders Cara Blessley Lowe and Thomas Mangelsen confronts the many issues wild cougars face, including sport-hunting. Spirit of the Rockies is only available on DVD. Please contact us if you would like a copy. (Warning: This film contains real footage of a cougar hunt and may not be appropriate for young children).