Breakfast with the Bears

This is a limited time opportunity to experience a morning breakfast with the bears and is therefore only held during three days throughout the summer. Share your quiet morning period watching the early morning dew sparkle on the backs of our morning bears visiting the sanctuary. We’ve developed this program as a chance to see different bears that only frequent the sanctuary in the early morning hours. This is a favorable occasion to gain photos using early morning light. Come and join us for a superb continental breakfast and watch early dawn bear activity from the safety and comfort of our viewing deck. Food is catered from a local bakery that makes everything homemade! The fee does include a souvenir take-home Breakfast with the Bears mug and a 1 year digital subscription to our membership newsletter, Bear in Mind!

Important information for attendees: Please meet in the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary parking lot, located at 12541 Nett Lake Rd. Orr, MN 55771, to take the shuttle bus down (DO NOT turn down East Nett Lake Rd. as many GPS devices will send you down that road). Our gate will open at 6:45AM and will close at 7AM SHARP! Your tour will end at 9AM. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or e-mail our office. For lodging visit the website:

Dates available: July 7th, July 20th and August 10th, 2024

Reserve Now

Once again this year, we are having a special guest appear on August 10th at Breakfast with the Bears AND at public hours from 5 PM to 8 PM. Stan Tekiela, author of BEARS: Black, Brown & Polar Bears as well as numerous field guides will be doing a book signing!

About Stan

Naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Stan Tekiela is the originator of the popular state-specific field guides such as Birds of (state name) Field Guide, Wildflowers of (state name), and Trees of (state name). Over the past three decades Stan has authored more than 130 field guides, nature appreciation books and wildlife audio CDs for nearly every state in the nation, presenting many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, trees, wildflowers and cacti.

Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota and as an active professional naturalist for more than 25 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs.

Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, his syndicated column appears in over 20 newspapers and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and Canon Professional Services along with many other professional organizations.