Back by popular demand! Appalachian Bear Rescue will host tours of the ABR Bear Facility on Saturday, February 10th. Tour start times will be 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please allow two hours for each tour and plan to arrive at the ABR Visitor and Education Center at Trillium Cove Shopping Center (121 Painted Trillium Way) 15 minutes prior to your tour start time. Tours are available for a $25 donation per person. If the Saturday tours sell out, we will open tours on Friday, February 9th in the same time slots.
Our 2018 Event will also include opportunities for some bear education. Curator Janet Dalton will teach four sessions of the adult version of our Junior Curator class. Classes will be offered at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Learn how ABR Curators receive a bear from wildlife officials, how to record a bear’s vital statistics, how to ear-tag and PIT tag a bear, and how a Curator builds a plan of treatment for an injured or orphaned cub. Classes are available for a $10 donation per person. ABR Members receive free registration for these classes. For more information about ABR Membership, please visit our website at www.AppalachianBearRescue.org. Membership will allow you the opportunity to attend a year’s worth of educational programming for free!
ABR is partnered with Miss Lily’s Café in Townsend to offer a Cupid Cub pasta dinner at the Café at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 10th. Tickets for the Cupid Cub Dinner are available on the ABR website for $25 per person. Dinner will include a pasta entrée, salad, bread, dessert and tea or coffee. Beer is available for purchase at Miss Lily’s Café. You are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine.
While you are in Townsend, please plan to visit our ABR friends at Cades Cove Cellars winery. Cades Cove Cellars will host a Valentine Market on Saturday, February 10th. ABR Tour participants will receive a discount on bottles of wine purchased that day. Bring our wonderful local wine to your Cupid Cub Dinner. Save a Bear Cub and support our local business partners!
Please Note: If ABR receives a bear cub prior to the tour weekend, facility tours will be cancelled. Only Curators are allowed at the bear facility when bears are in residence. All other education opportunities, the Cupid Cub Dinner, and the Cades Cove Cellars Valentine Market will continue as planned.