The NABC is a wonderful interactive experience for children and adults alike, and provides detailed information on black bear ecology, biology and behaviors. I've been there three years in a row and it is always a terrific learning experience!
Fantastic operation on low budget. Friendly, knowledgeable staff and top quality exhibits with true bear information gleaned from first hand research not inferred from remote samples and prevailing opinion. My traditionally taught biological training was challenged and I walked away all the better for it. Please help support their critical mission. I can't think of a more dynamic organization!
Kara asked where the money went. Its never been a secret. At first the money went towards the huge debt for the existing facilities. Even before that was fully paid off a program was started to provide support for teachers in the classroom to educate students about black bears. Currently money is being raised for a new building to further support that education. Most of the staff are unpaid volenteers and even Dr Rogers recieves only a very modest salary. Its certainly not enough for the countless hours he devotes to bears. This is a great organization that has lready accomplished a lot and will continue to accomplish much more.
This non-profit ranks among the unique. The leaders, researchers, work 7 da/wk and easily 12-14 hrs./da. so that others will understand the important niche the American Black Bear holds in the world of wildlife and how humans can learn to co-exist with them. There are no big salaries or performance vehicles, only hours of forest trekking, data compiling and communication. The NABC is among the finest of non-profits-a gem of integrity and "do onto others".
If you want to learn about bears, especially black bears, the North American Bear Center in Ely, Minnesota is the place you must visit. Exhibits, lots of information, a cub room for kids and their three residents, Ted, Honey and Lucky. Three happy bears that live in one of the most beautiful natural enclosures one can find in the world. I visited last year and this summer I will cross the ocean again from Spain to visit the NABC´s and meet its wonderful staff. Bear lovers with the mission to educate the world about the true nature of black bears.
Last year i had the pleasure of visiting the N.A.B.C, It was a wonderful experience, the staff were more than helpful, so much to do and see, its not until you go there you realise how much you dont know about bears ! I learnt so much! seeing the 3 captive bears was the highlight for me, they have a wonderful natural area in which to forage like wild bears and a lovely pond too. I cant praise this organisation enough and i hope they get more visitors to learn about the wonderful Black Bear . I will be going back again this year! I live in the UK and it is worth the trip on so many levels, thank you Dr Lynn Rogers and his Biologist Sue Mansfield for giving me the chance to learn !
Review from Guidestar
I found them to be inconsistent with what they tell you, always begging for money and yet the money does not seem to go for what they tell you initially. And be careful of the supporters still there for if you disagree, they name call, tell you to leave , and try to ruin you. The researchers and those involved are shrouded in secrecy and always telling volunteers not to tell anyone what you see like during hunting season when they were trying to keep hunters away and during trips to the center where you are allowed to kiss and touch the bears.
I've been to the North American Bear Center and I fully support their mission - to educate people about black bears. Dr. Lynn Rogers, Sue Mansfield and all the staff at the Bear Center are passionate about black bears and it shows. A previous reviewer, here Kara Johanson, is a former "disgruntled" moderator on Lily the Black Bear's Facebook page, who along with a few others, were let go from their moderating duties due to their extreme power trips. People complained about them, and they were let go, to start fresh with the FB page. "Kara" also known as Jill Wheaton Lindsay, has now made it her mission to find every outlet she can to discredit Lynn Rogers' work and slander him. It's called slander and harassment Jill. If you're not careful, you just might find yourself in an embarassing situation and in a bit o' trouble. ;) Your first mistake was accidentally "outing" yourself. LOL
If their expenses are only a third of their revenue, something is very questionable. Where does the rest of the money go and why do they keep begging for more?
Review from Guidestar
what an awesome place learning about bears and how to live with them in peace, I used to be terribly afraid of black bears but have found out they are really gentle creayures who's lives are ruled by fear and hunger, Dr. Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield are truly wonderful educators, and have helped me overcome my fear of these north american treasures, we sould cherish them....... thank you