Ursus Among Us, exhibited at the Gatekeeper’s Museum operated by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, presents the story of interactions between humans and bears in the Tahoe Basin.

Created in response to visitor requests for more interpretation about these iconic Western animals, the exhibit focuses on educating locals and tourists about the animals’ behaviors, history in the area, and adaptations to human habitation. This project received a 2014 Award of Merit from AASLH.


Ursus Among Us creates a unique opportunity to contextualize an important human relationship with nature while motivating individuals into action. When we replace fear and awe with educated understanding, both humans and bears can enjoy safety while sharing the riches of the Tahoe Basin.