The North American Bear Center is a nonprofit educational Science and Adventure Center with indoor and outdoor viewing of live black bears in natural habitat with a pond and waterfalls. The 2.5-acre enclosure is home to three resident bears, Ted, Honey and Lucky, that people across the world have come to observe forage, swim and interact with each other. The educational mission of the NABC is to replace myths about bears with reality; with over 50 video exhibits of wild Minnesota bears, a wide variety of daily programs, and a hands-on children’s area, people of all ages learn bear behavior from the bears themselves. It is recommended to allow at least a two-hour visit for this unique, world-class experience that the whole family will enjoy!
Over 50 video exhibits of wild Minnesota bears revealing decades of scientific research
Variety of daily programs for all ages
Theater playing award-winning bear documentaries
Hands-on children’s area offering fun and educational activities
Interpretive nature trails
Birding & wildlife viewing
Kids! Don't miss out on “Camp Bear Paw,” a three-day summer day camp for children! Visit www.bear.org for details.
NABC is located just one mile west of Ely along Highway 169. The center is air-conditioned, handicapped accessible and has a large parking lot with plenty of room for RVs and buses.