Learn about living with bears; creating bear smart communities; recreating in bear country; bear safety at work; and managing bears (for wildlife officials).

Bear Viewing Tours

Great Bear Rainforest Spirit Bear Lodge

Pacific North West, BC
Located in the Heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, Spirit Bear Lodge offers world class Wildlife Tours, Indigenous Cultural experiences that are second to none. Experience an ancient culture, spectacular wildlife viewing, stunning landscapes and reconnect with nature. Immerse yourself in true wilderness on a grand scale, deep in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Spirit Bear Lodge is Indigenous owned, offering exclusive access to wildlife viewing areas and cultural sites within the Kitasoo Xai’xais traditional territory. Search for grizzly bears, black bears, and spirit bears in pristine river valleys.

Grizzly bear photo tour, Alaska

Katmai Coastal Bear Tours

Katmai National Park, Alaska
This trip is for the serious ursophile as well as anyone seeking a unique Alaska bear experience. It is the best place to photograph grizzly bears in North America – not to mention the incredible backdrop of glaciers and mountains rising from the sea. Katmai Coastal Bear Tours is an ecologically minded, small ship cruise business, working primarily in Alaska’s remote Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Dr. Lynn Rogers measures heart rate of black bearThe Wildlife Research Institute

Courses emphasize daily close-up observation of wild bears to learn their vocalizations, body language, social organization, ecology, and how people can better coexist with them. The small class size (8) maximizes individual opportunities to participate in close-up black bear research. Daily 45-minute discussions and slide presentations amplify the information learned directly from the bears. The course offers an unprecedented opportunity to safely observe bears including mothers interacting with their cubs. Lynn Rogers leads the courses with his research assistants.

viewing black bears on Whistler Blackcomb tourWhistler-Blackcomb Bear Viewing Tours

British Columbia, Canada
Accompany researcher Michael Allen as he guides you on a three hour tour through the black bear habitat of Whistler Blackcomb Mountains in British Columbia. In a comfortable 4 x 4 vehicle, you will visit active bear dens, daybeds and feeding sites and perhaps witness evening play between a mother and her cubs.

Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary near Orr, Minnesota, is a place of wonder where people can learn about black bears by observing them in their natural habitat from an elevated viewing platform. The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, in the North Woods of Minnesota, provides a unique opportunity to view and to photograph the intimate world of the normally reclusive black bear.

A must stop on any vacation through the area. The VSWS also offers black bear photo workshops. Click here for more info.

viewing grizzly cubs on tour in BCGrizzly Adventures

Knight Inlet, British Columbia, Canada
Enjoy the majesty of the snow-capped coastal mountains as you explore spectacular Knight Inlet to find grizzly bears. As the snows melt, both black and grizzly bears emerge from their hibernation dens on the mountain slopes. They make their way down to feed on the spring sedge grasses in the river lowlands. At low tide the bears also feed along the inlet beaches, eating seaweed and turning over rocks to find crabs, barnacles and mussels. During the fall, you can experience the thrill of a lifetime watching grizzly bears catch salmon on the spawning channels of a BC coastal stream. View the bears in safety from the boat, the top of a camouflaged safari van or viewing stands. Your guides are professional biologists and have the most experience with the grizzly bears in this area. As you watch the grizzlies fish, wrestle and frolic your guide will interpret their behavior. Bring lots of film. There’s lots of action.

McNeil River Sanctuary Grizzly Bear Viewing, AlaskaMcNeil River Game Sanctuary

Nowhere else in the world can a person, at the peak of the season, expect to photograph a group of 40 or more wild brown bears and see up to perhaps 100 individual bears come and go. A permit system and user fees are required at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. Permits must be won in a lottery. The application can be found on their website. If you’re lucky enough to win this one.. you’ll have the experience of a lifetime!

Spirit bear family on bear viewing tour, BCOcean Light II Adventures

British Columbia, Canada
OCEAN LIGHT II ADVENTURES has been in operation for 28 years on the BC Coast. Tours include the grizzly bears of the Khutzeymateen Valley and the Spirit Bears of Princess Royal Island. The operator’s (Jenn Broom and Chris Tulloch) focus has always been on the environment, priding themselves on no to low impact travel, leaving areas as they were found. They also hope that by increasing people’s awareness, they will be able to preserve our trees, fish, bears and wildlife that make BC a unique coastal habitat.

Great Bear Foundation Field Courses

Manitoba, British Columbia, Canada
Adventure combined with learning. Courses include the Polar Bears of Churchill; Spirit Bears of BC; Capturing, Drugging, Handling, Caring for Bears and Other Animals.

NozoMojo – Tours & Arts for Nature ConservationNozoMojo logo_1200
Polar Bears, Svalbard, NorwayPolar Bear Photo Tour - Svalbard, Norway
This company’s vision is to share the beauty of nature and nature-inspired art with you. They do so in the most sustainable way possible: humility before Mother Nature, respect for the environment, non-invasive approaches and viewing of wildlife, limiting their impact and footprint, and giving back are all deeply integrated parts of NozoMojo’s activities.

You’ll need to book these tours well in advance, as they do small, intimate groups. This company knows how to take care of you and exceed your expectations!


Interns volunteering at Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Orr, MNVince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for internships in environmental education.

Interning at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary provides a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in working with wildlife, natural resources, and environmental education.

Your experience will instill a new appreciation of and respect for black bears.

North American Bear Center

The internship program at the North America Bear Center in Ely, MN is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers in wildlife biology, zoology, environment science, and wildlife behavior.  Interns receive a  $1500 stipend and affordable housing.

Interns learn all aspects of captive black bear care including feeding, exercise, and enrichment. They care for four captive black bears residing in a world-class natural 2.5-acre habitat.  Learn more on this video.


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