Save the Spirit Bear
Founded by Cole Matthews
About Us and What We Do
The Saving the Spirit Bear program is about teaching all ages about the spirit bear in many different ways. The program will insure the safety of anyone who wants to visit the center we plan on building, to educate others about the Kermode bear, and to those who want hike about Alaska's Islands in search of the Spirit Bear. The program supports those who wish to meet a spirit bear, and those who would simply visit the center to learn about Spirit bears. If someone wanted to meet the Spirit Bear in person, we would allow tours around the islands in search of the Spirit Bears, with a trained guide of course. Our number one concern is for the participant's safety, and then of course for Spirit Bears!
This program is made to help young kids and adults alike learn about the fascinating creature, the Spirit Bear. It will teach anyone what a spirit Bear is, where they can be found, and why they need human protection. We plan to build a sanctuary for these bears, so their population may grow, since it is currently under 1,300 bears. Our goal is to help these bears to thrive, without removing them from their natural habitat.
About the Bears
A spirit bear at it's adult stage in life.
Three out of four spirit bears found outside of British Columbia are spotted as cubs.,
A Spirit Bear's Home
Most spirit bears live on the British Columbia Coast
Spirit Bears Can Change Lives!
"I was inspired by a chief elder I once knew named Edwin, and a boy named Peter." This was the answer we got from Cole Matthews, but when I asked him to get into detail, the answer differed from what I thought. When Cole was dropped off on the island the first time, Edwin delivered to him some incredible news, that "I will hold close to my heart for as long as I can." "Whatever you do to the animals you do to yourself. Remember that."(18) That is exactly what happened with the Spirit Bear, Cole tried to kill it, and instead it almost killed him, because of his experience with the Spirit Bear, Cole now whole-heartedly believed he could change, and he did, but not until he could help a young man, named Peter Driscoll heal. Cole knew that the Spirit Bear had helped him heal, and hoped it could also help Peter heal. The problem was that Peter didn't believe the Spirit Bear existed, or that it could help him, until, "Then, as suddenly as it had appeared, he Spirit Bear swung its massive head around and ambled away, vanishing ghostlike into the trees." (238) After that, Cole and Peter bonded over the Sprit Bear, and remain close friends to this day, so now that you know Cole's story, you are eligible to bring friends and family of all ages and join us on the British Columbia Coast, where you can meet Cole, Peter, Edwin, and maybe Garvey, another one of Cole's main inspirations, plus, the Spirit Bears, of course! Don't hesitate, plan your trip to Save the Spirit Bear's head quarters today!