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North American Bear Center
We welcome you to the North American Bear Center
Watch the bears from the outdoor observation deck.
View from deck
This is the view from the covered observation deck overlooking the bear enclosure.
The bears step on the scale to get tasty treats, they are weighed each week to ensure they are maintaining a proper weight.
An area where the bears play and forage, seen from the mound cam.
This is a highlight of the bear enclosure, both for visitors and the bears alike! This is where they play and cool off on hot summer days.
This is the Pat Tree where treats are hung high and visitors can watch bears climb for food; imitating what bears might do in the wild to eat catkins or buds from trees.
Honey Tree - one of the two cedar trees we installed in the viewing area to be used for bear enrichment. We load the trolly feeder with treats to encourage the bears to climb for them while visitors get a close-up view.
Den 1 – The first stop on our Behind-the-Scenes tour, located at the base of the mound area.
Den #2 - Built in the spring of 2023. Dens 2-5 are approx. 30’x35’ and include a man-made rock den.
Den #3 - Built in the spring of 2023. Dens 2-5 are approx. 30’x35’ and include a man-made rock den.
Den #4 - Built in the spring of 2023. Dens 2-5 are approx. 30’x35’ and include a man-made rock den.
Den #5 - Built in the spring of 2023. Dens 2-5 are approx. 30’x35’ and include a man-made rock den.
Rock Den – This den was installed as part of the original construction in 2007. It is a popular den with our bears. It has been used in 2008 (Honey & Lucky) 2020 (Tasha), 2021 (Tasha), and 2022 (Holly).
High Falls Den
High Falls Den – located behind the High falls. This man-made den was built in spring 2023.
Low Falls Den
Low Falls Den – located behind the two Low falls. This man-made den was built in spring 2023.
Eagle / Osprey Platform
Eagle/Osprey Platform – Nested high above our clover patch, it was designed and built by one of our summer interns in 2023. We hope to attract a raptor in the spring.
Clover Patch – This area is lush with white clover, a favorite food bear food.
White Pine Cub Tree
The big white pine tree, appropriately named the "Cub Tree" is a favorite place for the young and/or agile bears to climb. The rough bark makes it easy to climb and the strong branches provide a secure place to snooze.