EDUCATION IS OUR GOAL FOR PEACEFULLY COEXISTING WITH BEARS. HELP US COMPLETE THE HOPE LEARNING CENTER & NORTHWOODS ECOLOGY EXHIBIT

EDUCATION IS KEY TO SURVIVAL FOR BEAR POPULATIONS WORLDWIDE

"I teach in the Green Bay Area Public School District and I use the Den cams as a teaching tool for students. The students absolutely love the NABC and WRI websites. There is an unbelievable amount of resources available that are fun ways to learn for students. Recently I had the opportunity to bring a couple of students to North American Bear Center. The staff there is phenomenal and the Center has great exhibits. The students learned the truth about bears and about the fabulous research that is being done. I wish that every student had the opportunity to experience this wonderful place that is in Ely!" -- C.H.P., Green Bay, WI

Every dollar raised on November 14 goes directly to completing the Hope Learning Center and the Northwoods Ecology Hall at the North American Bear Center in Ely, Minnesota.

The remaining goal of $750,000 will

  • Complete the construction of the new 8,000 square foot addition
  • Outfit the Hope Learning Center
  • Furnish the Northwoods Ecology Hall

Named for a research bear named Hope, the Hope Learning Center will expand the NABC’s outreach to schools and the public through broadcasting directly into classrooms and lecture halls locally and worldwide.

The Northwoods Ecology Hall will afford unforgettable sensory experiences that make visitors feel like they are there with the bears. Interactive exhibits and animal mounts will teach about black bear habitat and the animals that share the unique Northwoods with the bears.

  • HOPE LEARNING CENTER NEEDS: Construction completion; tables, chairs, cabinets, shelving, projector, projection screen, mobile projection control center, 2 mobile Smart Boards, laptop computer, video conferencing equipment/software, lectern with keyboard tray/shelves, sound equipment, mobile video cameras, broadcast lighting, TV monitors, digital microscopes. Educational supplies: sculls, books, and arts and crafts supplies. Wildlife wall hangings, charts, pictographs, murals. Refrigerator, 40-cup coffee maker, 12-cup coffee maker, microwave.
  • NORTHWOODS ECOLOGY HALL NEEDS: Taxidermy mounts: white-tailed deer, coyote, red fox, grey fox, lynx, muskrat, bobcat, raccoon, porcupine, beaver, short shoe hare, short-tailed weasel, least weasel, skunk, otter, mink, pine marten, fisher, short-tailed shrew, cinereous shrew, water shrew, mine, moles; all local mammals, birds, and reptiles, and amphibians; Fish tank; Terrariums.
  • EDUCATION OUTREACH OFFICE NEEDS: Office desks, cubicles/modular system, cabinets, file storage, office & task chairs, guest chairs, bookcases, chair mats, shelving, task lighting, conference room table and chairs, conference cabinet; computers, monitors, printer, supplies. Break room tables and chairs, cabinets, refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, coffee pot.

The North American Bear Center is the only science museum of its kind. It goes beyond written text and lets people learn from the bears themselves. People “meet” wild research bears and follow their activities through live den cams and frequently updated videos. Attitudes change as the bears themselves refute our most deeply held misconceptions. The new trust-based research methods that make all this possible are revealing more about black bear life than was previously possible. This kinder and gentler research combines with modern technology to allow researchers and the public to learn together. By replacing misconceptions with scientific facts, the North American Bear Center is changing attitudes about these mostly timid animals. As people learn the truth about these magnificent animals, they become more willing to coexist.

YOUR SUPPORT CAN LAST BEYOND A LIFETIME--our Legacy Society program recognizes the generosity and foresight of individuals who have included the NABC in their wills or other estate plans. For more information on bequests and other ways to give, call the Planned Giving Office at the North American Bear Center or write to us at planned.giving@bear.org.

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Follow MAX THE BEAR as he blogs daily from the North American Bear Center until November 14th. You can catch this entertaining, debonair bear at www.MaxTheBear.com.


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