• We have great programs and resources available for all ages and skills levels to help you learn more about enjoying Michigan's natural resources.

Program Panel

Learn Skills

  • recreation 101 logo Recreation 101 Classes

    A series of free introductory classes that take place in state parks, taught by DNR staff or expert volunteers from other organizations. Learn skills from fishing and archery to ziplining, kayaking and more.

  • Outdoor skills academy Outdoor Skills Academy

    These classes offer expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities, from hunting and fishing to hiking, birding and more. Classes offered for a fee, and are for ages 16+ (10+ with adult).

  • Becoming an Outdoors Woman logo Becoming an Outdoors Woman

    These workshops are geared towards women ages 18+ and provide opportunities in three areas: shooting and hunting, fishing, and eco-sports, such as kayaking, camping or orienteering.

  • Hook, Line and Sinker graphic with bobber Fishing Classes and Clinics

    Learn how to fish through the free Hook, Line and Sinker program available at many of our state parks and fish hatcheries. You can also find classes in the Outdoor Skills Academy and Recreation 101 programs.

  • Arrows Away graphic; young girls shooting at a target Archery Classes and Clinics

    Find archery classes offered at some state parks through the Arrow's Away program. You can also find classes at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit and through the Outdoor Skills Academy and Recreation 101 programs.

  • learn to hunt icon Learn to Hunt

    New to hunting? Or interested in learning how to hunt but not sure where to start? Check out the range of helpful resources we've put together for new hunters or those who may want to give hunting a try including hands-on classes and online videos.

Educational Programs

  • visitor_center Nature Programs in State Parks

    Free seasonal outdoor education programs in over 40 state parks. From mammals to birds, insects to dunes to wetlands and more, learn about the resources in the parks you visit by attending a scheduled program in the summer.

  • Outdoor Adventure Center logo Outdoor Adventure Center

    Plan a day of adventure and fun. Groups of every age will be inspired by the richness of Michigan’s natural resources. Financial assistance may be available.

  • Michigan History Center logo Michigan History Center

    Offering a variety of field trip options for your class. In addition to a general self-guided museum tour, you can choose from a diverse range of thematic programs on Michigan's history. Financial assistance may be available.

  • visitor centers icon Visitor Centers

    Hosting fun and educational nature exhibits with access to nearby trails. For those that seek a more engaging educational experience, each center has interpreters offering a variety of programs that they will lead for school and other groups.

  • fish stocking icon Fish Hatcheries

    Learn about how the DNR raises and stocks fish. Many of our hatcheries have interpretive centers and all have staff who can give your class or group a guided tour. 


  • Youth Conservation Council

    We are looking for young people, ages 14 to 18, with a variety outdoor interests. Whether you’re an avid hunter, love to kayak, enjoy hiking on Michigan’s trails or any one of the many other reasons to be outside, we want your input on getting kids outside.

  • Stepping Stones

    Stepping Stones is an eight week summer program designed to teach outdoor skills to children, 9-16 years old, in a Michigan State Park.

  • Scouting with the DNR

    Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts organizations are among the oldest of the Department of Natural Resources partners in improving habitat and air and water quality, and supporting outdoor recreation activities.

  • Fun Fishing Info

    Have a young person who wants to go fishing or already loves to go? We've got information to help you on future trips and fun activities for kids of all ages to do that will get them "hooked" on the sport!