If you have a fascination for bears - from Montana to the arctic - the Great Bear Foundation has a field course that could fulfill your dreams.
From May through October, foundation bear experts have scheduled nine courses ranging from six to 14 days.
The most exotic trip involves study of polar bears near Churchill, Manitoba, and a boat-based study of brown bears in the fjords of northern British Columbia. Closer to home, the foundation has courses on the bears of Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.
Costs for the courses begin at $1,300 and include transportation from the departure point, food, lodging and accompaniment of bear experts.
The Great Bear Foundation’s annual meeting, which includes two daylong field trips to Yellowstone National Park plus numerous seminars on bears, is set for June 1-4 in Bozeman, Mont. Costs begin at $75 for those who register before April 15. Info: (800) 822-6525.