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North American Bear Center Weekend Events

July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - July 21, 2019 @ 4:30 pm CDT

This Weekend’s Events!

10th Anniversary LilyPad Picnic
Grand Opening of our all new Cub Room

80th Birthday Celebration for Dr. Lynn Rogers
Live Band Van and the Free Candies Saturday at 1-4pm
Food Vendors and more!
Broadcasting LIVE on Facebook, Bear.org website and on WELY Radio Station!


80th Birthday Celebration for Dr. Lynn Rogers
(free activities available)

Join us to help celebrate our Founder, Dr. Lynn Rogers’s 80th Birthday!
There’ll be lots of fun, activities, and surprises. (Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00PM)
Walk the 1/4 mile of self-guided nature trails.
Food vendors will be available.
Browse our Bear Necessities Gift Shop, we have tons of new bear and Northwoods related merchandise!
Listen to a live concert with Van and the Free Candies (Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00PM)
Click here for a preview!

Live Broadcasts on Saturday!
(for those unable to attend)

Be sure to like us on Facebook and watch us LIVE at
10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:15 pm and 3:30 pm
Click here to like us and watch

Live Auction on PTZ Pond Cam at 6:00 pm
Click here to view

Trader Craig of WELY
will be broadcasting live
from the North American Bear Center
from 11:30am to 1:30 pm
Click here to listen LIVE

Inside the North American Bear Center you will find:
(paid admission required)

Our All New Redesigned
Children’s Cub Room

Coloring & Reading Area • Nature Library • Games to Play • Videos to Watch
Walk-through Bear Den • Life-like Nature Experience

New Dr. Lynn Rogers Exhibit
Over 50 Years of Research

Learn all about our founder and principal biologist Dr. Lynn Rogers and his incredible research career.
Check out our Daily Programs such as our popular Behind-the-Scenes tour
FREE with your paid admission.
Enjoy our wide-screen theater as it plays the BBC documentaries
of black bears filmed around Ely
Browse our Northwoods Ecology Hall featuring
the many animals that black bears encounter.
Learn about the local wildlife through exhibits,
touchscreen monitors, aquarium and terrariums and more!
Learn all about bears with over 70 Exhibits in our Center,
with exclusive video detailing wild bear behavior.
Come and go at your leisure, admission is good for the entire day.

10th Anniversary Lilypad Picnic and Brunch
(tickets required)

Once again our friends at the Northwoods Bear Foundation are hosting the Lilypad Picnic to benefit the North American Bear Center. Lily Fans from around the world will be gathering this year to reconnect their friendships, participate in all the festivities, and show their support.

This four-day event will be packed with fun, great food, music and lots of surprises, all are welcome. For more information and to purchase tickets for this event click here.

Who are Lily Fans you might wonder?

Lily Fans were “born” in 2010 as people watched in awe as Lily the Black Bear gave birth to her first cub Hope. Lily became an Internet sensation; people were glued to their chairs watching this 3-year-old bear in her remote den via a live den cam. Lily Fans watched, they learned, but mostly they connected via social media and strong bonds and friendships developed. Ever since, the name Lily Fans stuck and they continued watch other den cams over the years and show their support for the North American Bear Center.


July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am CDT
July 21, 2019 @ 4:30 pm CDT
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North American Bear Center