Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson — Maryland: “Happy [Holidays] to everyone at NABC and WRI! Volunteering with the bears and the staff is a privilege for me and a highlight of my life. I come to Ely to recharge my mental health batteries! Giving Holly her bottle on Memorial Day – after working on den cleanup – would have been on my Christmas card – if I had remembered to take a pic! Walking across the slippery rock bridge, walking on the bear trails, throwing out clover seed, cleaning up 4.5 million peanut shells – all live on the ptz during Fall Cleanup Day. I know how many fans will never get to Ely, let alone be allowed to work so closely with the bears. I feel blessed! And when kids at school can’t remember my name, they just call me the “bear teacher”. I am blessed!”