Last call for June 7 ORV safety instructor academy; application deadline May 31

Contact: Cpl. John Morey, 989-619-3784
Agency: Natural Resources

May 22, 2019

Calling all those who love to ride the trails and know how to do it safely – you could be the right fit for the Department of Natural Resources off-road vehicle safety education program. The DNR is recruiting instructors for this volunteer opportunity that lets ORV enthusiasts share their love and knowledge of the sport with new riders, while emphasizing safe, responsible ORV operation for a great experience.

All volunteer ORV instructors must attend a three-day training academy:

  • Dates: Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9 (attendees must attend all three days)
  • Location: Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds, 2401 12th Ave. North, Escanaba
  • Cost: Academy, lodging and meals will be provided if candidates use the DNR-provided accommodations.


Volunteer ORV instructors must:

  • Have a love for riding trails and know how to do it safely.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  • Have no felony convictions.
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions within the past three years.
  • Have no convictions that resulted in the revocation of ORV-operation privileges within the last five years. (Other convictions of natural resource law violations are subject to review and may result in the rejection of an application).
  • Maintain a high moral, ethical and mental character.


Those interested should download and complete a recreation education training instructor application and fax the completed application to 517-373-6816 or mail it to:

Law Enforcement Division – Recreation Education Program
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 30031
Lansing, MI 48909

Application deadline is Friday, May 31.

For more information about volunteering as a recreational safety instructor, go to the volunteer recreational safety instructor page.

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ORVs: The Department of Natural Resources will offer an ORV safety instructor academy June 7-9 in Escanaba. The deadline to apply is May 31.