By Jean Pocha

Bears visiting the classroom


Jean Pocha, Pathfinder

Freelance educator Patti Bartlett showing a grizzly bear hide to Ovando students.

OVANDO- "There's three kinds of bears in Montana, black, brown and very, very brown," chimed a young student at the Ovando School when asked how many bears live in Montana during a "Bear Necessities" presentation. 

Students in both the Little Room, kindergarten through third grade, and the Big Room, fourth through eighth grade, at Ovando school were anticipating another interesting class when Patti Bartlett, freelance science educator, came in the door with totes of animal skulls and bear hides.

"Bear Necessities" is a series of classes being presented in the Ovando and Helmville schools t...

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