"From the moment I arrived at the WRI and saw my first wild black bears I appreciated the hands- on nature of the Bear Study Course. I learned so much about bear behavior from the decades of experience gained by Dr. Rogers and his research assistants as well as how to identify bear signs in the woods. An exceptional opportunity for close observation of these magnificent creatures."
Julie - United Kingdom 2018

"I go up to bed earlier these days. Not to sleep, but to read. About bears. Everything about bears. See, I took Dr. Lynn Roger’s black bear field course in Ely, Minnesota, this past July 2018 and I haven’t been the same since. What a joy, a thrill, a gift to be around these gentle giants, each with a unique personality. I need to learn more. I need to be among them again! Thanks Doc!"
Bonnie - Pennsylvania 2018

"Saw and fed bears, climbed in 2 dens, and just listened and learned a lot about bears and Dr. Rogers research over the years. The community would spot and know the bears by name, and invite us over to see them. The meals were excellent, too. Didn’t want to leave." 
Joyce - Maryland 2018

"We had the best time at the Black Bear Field Course. It was eye opening for Steve and a dream come true for me. Dr. Rogers' love of these bears is so evident. His knowledge is a treasure. We appreciated the work of the volunteers that made our time there invaluable. We came away with the hope that these beautiful animals will always be valued. The NABC was full of information and it is so nicely done. Love the resident bears!!!"
Steve and Vickie - Oklahoma 2018

"Words don’t seem adequate enough to capture all the amazing things that we learned and witnessed. Dr. Rogers and Mike taught us to read bear behavior and how humans can behave respectfully with bears. Our reward was being able to get close to bears and witness first-hand how gentle they are."
Dawn - Minnesota 2018

"The most amazing, fabulous experience of my life. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Canada, Alaska and Svalbard to see Bears however none of those experiences came close to this.  There were so many memorable moments, it was a truly a trip of a lifetime.

I’m so grateful to Dr. Rogers for sharing his Bear Centre, Research Centre, his knowledge and fabulous stories with us all. He is a lovely man as too is Mike who spent the days and nights with us passing on his knowledge and love of Bears and answering loads of our questions. JM also looked after us superbly with her fabulous cooking. Thank you also to everyone, staff and volunteers at the Bear Centre who make it a brilliant place to visit." Desley - Australia 2018

"The value of attending and hearing Rogers’ first-hand experience(s) combined with being able to question and discuss bears, their habits and life-cycles, with him was much greater than I’d expected. I encourage anyone wavering on taking one of his short courses to make the decision to sign up. Attending was an experience that far exceeded my expectations and one that I’ll never regret."
Bob - Vermont 2018

"I had followed Dr. Rogers’ research for years, but I was completely unprepared for the emotional impact of coming face-to-face with ‘my’ bears. Most people don’t get to observe bears’ gentle natures as they exhibit natural behaviors and interact—all narrated by the foremost expert in the world. Our day was filled with opportunities to see his research firsthand. Sharing this experience with other bear enthusiasts was moving, meaningful and unforgettable."
Barb - Canada 2018

"Imagine the thrill of seeing your first black bear emerging from the woods and moving your way! That is what you will experience while participating in a Black Bear Field Course. I enjoyed the field study course so much the first time, I had to take it again! Activities are well planned, 3 beyond-excellent healthy home cooked meals each day, beautiful views from the cabin and bears, bears, bears! Dr. Rogers and/or his staff are always with participants when bears are around. Being one of the world's foremost experts on black bear behavior, Dr. Rogers' well-planned lectures are incredibly educational and interesting. I can't wait to take another Course!"
Linda - New York 2018

"Caution: This field study course and bear-watching can become addictive. And there’s no treatment except a return trip to Ely. Without exaggeration, this course was one of the most enjoyable, transformative and memorable experiences of my life. I’m still processing all the wondrous things I learned from the bears, Dr. Rogers and Lorie. This course is a one-of-a-kind opportunity you won’t find anywhere else."
Ellen - Pennsylvania 2018