Draw A Bear Challenge

A large black bears peering over the top of boulders. Only his head is visible above the rocks.

Harold Blackwood photo

The black bear (Ursus americanus) is a medium-sized bear native to North America. It is the continent's smallest and most widely distributed bear species. Black bears are omnivores and their diets vary depending on season and location. They typically live in forested areas, but may leave forests in search of food. Learn how to view black bears safely!

A page to draw on that has the ears, nose, eyes, and claws of a black bear.
The image is intended as a drawing or coloring project. Text on the image reads: Draw a Bear and Share Your Art @blueridgenps. The image is primarily blank except for bear ears, eyes, nose, and four sets of claws. Instructions for the activity are included on the webpage.


Download the “Draw a Bear and Share Your Art” image. Choose your method:

  1. Print the image and color it with art supplies of your choice or

  1. Use a software program to draw or paint on the image

Share your art masterpiece on social media and be sure to tag it @blueridgenps to add it to the parkway’s growing sleuth (Bet ya didn’t know that a group of bears is called a sleuth!) of bears.

A color illustration of a bear, drawn using the Draw A Bear Challenge template

Matt Micale illustration

Blue Ridge Parkway

Last updated: April 20, 2020