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North American Bear Center

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Address: 1926 Hwy 169 (1 mile west of Ely), Ely, MN 55731
Phone Number: +1 866-365-7879
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Description: The North American Bear Center is the only educational facility of its...
The North American Bear Center is the only educational facility of its kind - it helps people learn from the bears themselves about bear behavior, ecology, and their relations with humans. There is a huge need for accurate information about bears worldwide and the mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears
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Great Place and Educational

A must visit when you're in Ely! I learned so many misconceptions about the black bear. They are a beautiful creature and deserve much more respect! Hope you can meet Dr. Lynn... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Lisa G
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

A must visit when you're in Ely! I learned so many misconceptions about the black bear. They are a beautiful creature and deserve much more respect! Hope you can meet Dr. Lynn Rogers who pops in the center once and a while, such a great man!

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My husband and two kids (ages 9 and 11) learned a lot about the different species of bears. We got to watch them feed the bears and a worker narrated about the features of the bears living there.

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Dubuque,IA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Although we live quite a long trip away from the the center we came back a year after our first trip because there was a new bear to watch there and to repeat the fun of our first visit. A very educational place to spend time and learn about wildlife of the area. Volunteers and staff are enthusiastic and their... More 

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zumbrota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The best part is watching the bears all year round than seeing them in actual settings of daily life when visiting the bear center. The extensive learning in the center the amazing displays is heart warming wealth of information for any age.

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winnipeg
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27 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great Education centre not a theme park. Enjoyable afternoon. Interesting displays and keen volunteers. I really enjoyed the Bears' individual personalities.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This place is packed with stuff about bears. Exhibits, viewing windows, and lots of photography. They have an on-line discussion forum, and web cams so you can see what the bears are doing. The building, itself, is extremely well-designed and you have the option of viewing the resident bears from indoors or out. It's definitely worth your time.

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Bemidji, Minnesota
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28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

This is a great destination for anyone truly seeking to learn more about bear biology and ethology. The bears who live at the center are fascinating to watch, and the education center is a wealth of information. There isn't too much in the way of the kind of interactive displays kids would like, but new displays and exhibits are current... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I would recommend this place to anyone interested in learning about bears. It's very informative and interesting. Although this time of year the bears aren't very active it's still fun to go see

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Grapevine, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The North American Bear Center had interesting and educational displays. It also provided an opportunity to observe bears in a habitat much like a good zoo. The lady feeding the bears gave an interesting talk while my wife took many pictures. It was a good stop.

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Hixton, Wisconsin
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Two hours is not enough time to visit. I would suggest 4-6 hours, as the videos and viewing of the Bears is necessary to get everything the center offers. You will be able to watch video of an actual female bears den with her cubs. You will learn about all bears black, brown & grizzly Bears. We were able to... More 

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