During the non-hibernating period (approximately April-October), the bears are visible from a viewing area in the parking lot, where anyone can view the bears foraging or playing in the exercise yard, splashing in their pool, or lounging in their outside runs.

Presently, there are no bear viewings inside the building, formal tours of the Bear Center, or scheduled educational programs. However, dedicated and structured public education missions will be a large part of the proposed International Bear Center at WSU.

Oakley standing in den she is digging as Cooke watches.



November 6th, 2023

The bears are in full hibernation, there will not be much of anything to see as the bears spend the majority of the time inside. If you do go by the bear center please remain quiet. You can read or watch a short video to learn about how and why we hibernate our bears at:

The bears should be active again starting in Spring.