Lynn Rogers’ center is unashamedly based on the nearby International Wolf Center. That's not a bad thing, as the Wolf Center has an excellent layout and flow, but it leads to obvious comparisons. The newer Bear Center has a way to go to catch up to the development of the Wolf Center. The Bear Center has a nature hike (partially staged and partially natural), a viewing area for their live captive bears (who mostly slept while we were there), a children’s corner, numerous taxidermied animals, and a large section devoted to Hope, a bear made famous by Rogers’ collar tracking systems and cameras. There is also a large area devoted to articles on bears and debunking bear myths. While it is interesting, it’s not displayed in the best way and is just too much. They could par it down by half and people would read more and get more out of it. If you try to do any of that section with little kids, they’ll be done with it (and so will you!) in mere minutes. That’s where there’s a lot of room for improvement. Otherwise it’s a good concept, interesting overall, and a good way to spend a couple of hours or a rainy afternoon.
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