North American Bear Center

A nonprofit organization

$49,410 Raised by 371 Donors

100% complete

$40,000 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.

Your donations this year, combined with donations from the last two years, will help fund improvements to our ambassador bears' private enclosures. We will replace much of the the fencing, enhance drainage and improve structures in our bears’ individual enclosures.  These much needed improvements to the bears’ enclosures will benefit not only our bears, but will also help advance our mission by improving our popular Behind-the-Scenes tours, where visitors learn about bears from the bears themselves. The new fencing will be bear-friendly, allowing us to eliminate electric wiring from the interior fence, and photography-friendly, allowing visitors to take great photos of our bears. 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 four Ambassador bears, Ted, Lucky, Holly and Tasha; information about our Educational Outreach programs; a link to our Facebook page; 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!

To stay up to date with us, please go here to subscribe to our periodic newsletters. 

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Organization name

North American Bear Center

other names

Bear Center

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Education Environment Animals


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



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