Visitors can observe wild bears and learn more about their habits during a visit to the sanctuary
What You'll Get
- During the shuttle ride, guides inform visitors about the history of the sanctuary and the bears who inhabit it. Guests will be able to observe bears from the viewing platform as well as take pictures and ask the staff questions. Educational talks and a gift shop (all proceeds support the sanctuary) are also available.
- Free admission for children 5 and under
- Prohibited items: tripods, scooters, video recorders, smoking, and food and beverages (other than water)
- Pets not allowed.
- Transportation: shuttle from the parking lot to the viewing platform comes every 15–20 minutes
- The sanctuary can be supported with donations
The Fine Print
About Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary
During the Great Depression, Vince Shute spent long hours in the woods as a logger, finding ways to fend off black bears who wandered onto his camp. He eventually grew to love these bears and dedicated his life to creating a sanctuary for the humble creatures, even forming the American Bear Association before his death in 2000. Today, the late Shute's legend lives on through the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary.
Upon arriving at the sanctuary, guests travel about one mile along a gravel road before being greeted by the spectacular view of the dense woods, where bears' heads peak out from behind trees. Visitors learn about about the history of the sanctuary, and they are not free to walk the grounds. They are free to walk on the viewing platform only, which includes a gift shop.