Programs for Families and Individuals

  • Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) BOW is a national program created to introduce women to traditionally male outdoor activities. In Michigan, DNR's BOW program are offered year round at many locations and range from basic introductory courses to specific outdoor experiences.
  • Events and Activities in State Parks Whether you're looking for recreation, fitness, education or special events, there's plenty to do all year long at Michigan state parks!
  • Hunter Education & Recreational Safety Classes Many outdoor activities require specific safety training. Youngsters, or adults learning outdoor skills for the first time, may need to take these courses.
  • Natural Resources Commission Youth Conservation Council

    Interested in nature? Want to make a difference, meet new friends, gain leadership experience and have fun outdoors? Join the Youth Conservation Council!

  • Youth Conservation Academy 2015 Learn more about the academy and follow the students' pursuits by reading weekly academy blogs, watching short videos and viewing photos.

Programs for Educators and Students

  • Academy of Natural Resources The Academy of Natural Resources offers educators the opportunity to learn about Michigan's diverse natural resources, discover current trends in their management and experience activities that bring this knowledge to the classroom. During this week-long workshop in the summer, four separate sections are offered, each with a different emphasis but all benefiting Michigan educators who wish to blend natural resources themes into their school curricula.
  • Projects for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts The DNR and scouts have a long tradition of teaming up for conservation, history and outdoor recreation. We want to continue and strengthen this achievement. Come join us as we work together to protect Michigan's wealth of natural resources and ensure that we all can enjoy its bounty of outdoor activities.
  • Explore Bowhunting Explore Bowhunting is an outdoor conservation education program focusing on interaction with people and wildlife. Educators, attend a one-day workshop to learn the Explore Bowhunting curriculum. In turn, educators teach bowhunting to youth between the ages of 11 and 17. Explore Bowhunting teaches students how to interact with the natural world by developing basic skills used to bowhunt which focus on getting close to animals.
  • Recreational Archery The Recreational Archery Program is designed to provide archery education and instructor certification for recreation leaders. Program participants will learn how to implement beginner to more advanced archery programs and receive guidance on how to utilize existing indoor and outdoor facilities to safely conduct a variety of archery programs and events for all age and skill levels.
  • PreK-12 Teacher Workshops, Field Trip Ideas and Resources for the Classroom The DNR offers an array of workshops and programs to help teachers connect students to nature. From the Salmon in the Classroom program to Project Learning Tree, teachers throughout the state use natural resource themes to teach across the curriculum.