North American Bear Center

1926 Highway 169 Ely, MN 55731 Phone: 218-365-7879

Programs will be offered Daily starting May 23rd through Sept 7th for our 2014 season.

Week Day Programs


11:00am Bear Enrichment
1:00pm Bear Enrichment
3:00pm Bear 101
4:00pm Bear Enrichment
5:30pm Behind the Scenes *Fri, Sat, Wed ONLY* ($10.00 does not include admission) limit of 15 people

Weekend Programs


11:00am Bear Enrichment
1:00pm Bear Enrichment
2:00pm Educator’s Choice
3:00pm Bear 101
4:00pm Bear Enrichment
5:30pm Behind the Scenes *Fri, Sat, Wed ONLY* ($10.00 does not include admission) limit of 15 people

Bear 101 – American black bears characteristics, behavior and ecology discussed by power point presentation.

Bear Enrichment – Watch as Bear Educators spread food or toys in the enclosure for the resident bears to discover. Feel free to engage Bear Educators with questions regarding our ambassador bears at this time. Watch the bears as they forage and discover a variety of foods hidden within their enclosures. At times toys or objects may be placed in the enclosure for the bears to examine and play with.

Nature Hike – A guided walk along the trail with identification of wildflowers and plants found next to the path.

All programs listed above, with the exception of the ‘Behind the Scene’s’ will be included in your admission fee to the North American Bear Center.

If you wish to pre-register for any programs to ensure you have a spot please call the NABC at 218-365-7879 ext 0 or toll free 1-877-365-7879

If you choose to participate in any of the following programs listed below you will be charged regular admission to the NABC as well as the cost of the individual program you signed up for.

Behind the Scenes– Join a group of visitors and go ‘Behind the Scenes’ to see where our 4 ambassador bears reside. Observe where their food is prepared for the bear’s, see a den cam shed, and the separate enclosures that house the dens our bears hibernate in. Visitors are encouraged to bring a camera along for this special program.
Dates: Friday’s, Saturday’s and Wednesday’s Weekly
Cost: $10.00 per person
This program is limited to 15 participants. May be canceled due to inclement weather

Camp Bear Paw – This program is geared towards bringing children between the ages of 8-11 for a back to nature ecology trip. Campers will experience bird watching, wildflower identification, den exploration, tracking experiences, and extended knowledge of the North American Black Bear. This is limited to 12 children. Camp will be on the following dates from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Dates: June 19th and 26th also July 3rd, and 10th
Cost: $25.00 per child, per day

Halloween Fun- This program is for kids who are 4-10years old. This will be a fun indoor event with games, and haunted house effects. Every child will receive a bag filled with goodies!
Date: Oct. 18th
Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Cost: $5.00 per child

*Please dress appropriately for weather.

*Please visit our website or follow us on Twitter at #North American Bear Center to watch for ‘special’ monthly programs