School Shows

Bear Tales Campfire Stories

Bear Tales

Image of the title graphic from the planetarium show Bear Tales.

Produced by Joe Hopkins Engineering
Bradenton, Florida

A family traveling on a camping trip watches as the springtime evening stars appear. As the campfire burns, Grandpa tells his favorite story about Blackbeard, the Pirate. The family's discussion shifts to wildlife, and then to the stars. Constellations including Orion, Canis Major (the Big Dog), Canis Minor (the Little Dog), Gemini, and the Big Dipper are identified. Directions are given on how to use the Big Dipper to find the North Star, Little Dipper, Leo, Arcturus and Spica.

Leaving the fire behind, the family looks at the sky from a darker location while listening to Greek legends about Ursa Major and Minor, and Coma Berenecies. With binoculars and a telescope, they try to determine the number of stars visible.

As the hours pass, the sky shifts and some constellations disappear below the western horizon while others rise in the east. Returning to the fire, the family sings one last song, Dancing With Bears, which the audience is invited to sing along.

Related Files:
Spring Star Map (PDF)