"Learning directly from Dr. Rogers and from the bears themselves was transformative. I was already interested in black bears, but now I truly feel knowledgeable about them. There were plenty of opportunities to have my questions answered, and the bears provided moments that were special beyond my ability to describe them adequately. I came away with a new appreciation for the bears and for the beautiful forest they live in."
Becky - Wisconsin 2017

"We interacted with bears from the moment we got out of our vehicles when arriving at the WRI building until the moment we drove away at the end of the course. The experience was a magical time. I learned a lot, and I will never look at black bears the same way again."
Jill - Washington 2017

"The course is wonderful. It will give you a really good understanding of how the bears really behave, followed by an actual demonstration when they arrive and start to interact with you. They are amazing creatures. The experience changed my life for the better. I will never forget it or stop giving thanks for what Dr. Rogers has done, both for me and for our companions on this journey, our great American black bears. Thank you all for allowing me to participate!"
Michael - Virginia 2017

"The course easily exceeded my high expectations. It was the most exciting and wonderful experience of my life and I can't wait to do it again.
Dr. Rogers' lectures and stories during delicious home-cooked meals were a great pleasure and very informative. Meeting and watching bears I had only read about before was thrilling and surreal. I revisit my memories with great pleasure every day."
Diane - Connecticut 2017

"We have been at the course three times over the last seven years and each time we learned something more about these magnificent creatures. Not a hole library can’t teach you what you here can learn directly from the bears. In addition, we had the unique opportunity to hear directly from Dr. Lynn Rogers what he has experienced in the many years he studied the bears."
Cristina, Letizia & Alfredo - Italy 2017

"Attending a 2017 Bear Study Course was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. I learned more about bears than I hoped for, and saw more bears (and cubs!) than I thought I would. I also didn’t expect to see much of Dr. Rogers, and to have him spend time with us at meals, regaling us with his stories, in addition to his lectures, was absolutely wonderful. I’m planning to come back for another course!
All the people at the bear center and at the course were so informative and friendly, I honestly do not know how it could be improved. Keep up the good work!"
Laurie - Connecticut 2017

"Have you ever lived a dream? I did, and it was because I went to the Black Bear Study Course! It was truly one of those magnificent highlights of my life! Interacting with bears and learning about them from Dr. Lynn Rogers was so amazing. Seeing bears and hearing results of years of research from this world-renowned expert can’t be matched! My photographs continue to help me recall those daily WOW experiences."
Karen - Florida 2017

"Thrilling, magical, surreal! Fascinating lectures from Doc and field excursions led by Lorie were educational and inspirational; JM’s home-cooked meals were scrumptious. Everyone in our group quickly bonded due to our common love of bears. As Doc had told us, we learned from the bears themselves. There’s no better way to learn. I left kicking and screaming, crying several times on the way back. I plan on returning and I will never be the same."
Alex - Florida 2017

"It was an experience of a lifetime and I am hoping to be able to repeat that in the near future. It was everything and more than I expected. Never did I ever think I would be surrounded by “everything bears” for three days. A truly wonderful experience which was made more wonderful by the team that Dr. Rogers has put together to help our understanding of the North American Black Bear.
The North American Bear Center is a beautiful facility! I am happy to finally get to see it. Dr. Rogers, his bear family, many friends and volunteers have been successful in creating a wonderful educational facility. I wish I lived closer so I could bring my grand-children and my friends."
Jan - Massachusetts 2017

"Seeing black bears up close & personal, observing their behaviors was exhilarating! Watching mothers with cubs was touching and seeing the yearlings, who were on their own for the first time in their young lives, was new for me. I’ve attended Rogers' course in August, after these youngsters have gained weight & their fur is sticking out straight, when they look bigger than they really are. Some of their postures and positions resting in trees were quite comical. Learning made entertaining? Thanks for the memories."
Deb - Connecticut 2017