The Bear Necessities of Life

Help us build our new bear gardens

At Earthfire, we’ve spent the last few months imagining a new habitat for our resident bears that allows them to experience more of what they would have in the wild. We brought in some of the world’s foremost experts in creating zoological garden designs that prioritize an animal’s ability to thrive. The result is a blueprint for a new bear garden that provides over an acre of natural features for each bear.

Meet the Bears

The Plans

We’re partnering with architects from the Epsten Group and Ursa International who specialize in animal environments to ensure this project is bear-driven, providing the best habitat possible to fulfill the physical, mental, and emotional needs of our sanctuary bears.

The new bear gardens will give each bear the chance to do what bears do most naturally—from foraging for native plants and berries, to climbing to a high point to see the land around them, to cooling off and playing in their own freshwater pool before taking a rest in their sheltered den.

Our goal is to give our bears the safety and care of sanctuary life with the richness and diversity of life in the wild. And it will allow visitors and supporters—whether in person or through photos and videos—a chance to connect personally and intimately with each unique bear, and experience the power of Reconnection Ecology. We’re ready to start breaking ground on this new bear habitat—but we cannot do it without you. Help us build a garden for Earthfire’s five incredible bears!

It has become apparent that it is time to make some good things happen here on earth. Money and possessions do not endure. So my plan is to give a big push to start the building of the bear enclosures at Earthfire…. If you are like minded, I would be so honored if you would kick in a little in order to get this accomplished. We can make it happen.

Marilyn Paine, Major Contributor toward the Bear Gardens. Read her whole letter here.

Naming Opportunities

Leave a lasting legacy at Earthfire Institute by helping us build our new bear gardens. In exchange for your generous donations, these naming opportunities are available:

Engraved Paver

These 16x16 pavers will line the walkways visitors use when viewing the bears.

Bench with Plaque

Benches will provide seating for visitors to sit and watch the bears in their gardens.

Deadfall Park

Deadfall trees provide enrichment for the bears and encourage natural behavior.


Each bear garden will feature a stream that encourages play and exercise.

Bear Pool

These DIMENSION pools will allow for swimming and enrichment opportunities.

Shared Bear Waterfall

Shared between two gardens, these waterfalls will mimic natural habitats.

Sheltered Bear Cove and Enclosure $100,000

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Bear Garden $500,000

Each bear will have approximately one acre of space to roam, play, forage, and rest.

Please not: Actual designs are still TBD.

Earthfire depends on your support to make our work possible.