North American Bear Center

A nonprofit organization

$50,773 raised by 330 donors

100% complete

$50,000 Goal

Our mission:  to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears, their relations with humans, and their role in ecosystems. There is a huge need for accurate information. The North American Bear Center is dedicated to replacing old myths with facts; it lets people learn from the bears themselves about bear behavior, ecology, and their relations with humans.

This year’s Give to the Max Day campaign funds will be used toward the labor costs and additional materials needed for our bear enclosure enhancement project. Your generosity in the past three Give to the Max Days provided the funds to purchase the fencing. The next phase, planned for spring, will be installing the fencing and making additional improvements to the bear enclosure.  This includes new dens for each of the bears and upgrading the infrastructure.  We are extremely thankful for your generosity over the past several years and look forward to your continuing support. Your donations today will continue to help bears for years to come because we invest your Give to the Max Day donations into long-lasting capital improvements. 

Regardless of where you live, please be sure to check our website You will find live cams of our Ambassador bears, information about our programs, a link to our Social Media pages, a gift shop, along with location and hours for you to plan your visit to this truly remarkable one-of-a-kind nature center to learn about bears from the bears themselves!

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Organization Data


Organization name

North American Bear Center

other names

Bear Center

Tax id (EIN)



Education Environment Animals


1926 Highway 169 / P.O. Box 161
Ely, MN 55731



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