Youth Conservation Academy returns to Detroit Tuesday, promising adventure, learning and fun

Contact: Sgt. Steve Orange, 616-292-0283
Agency: Natural Resources

July 9, 2018

Don’t miss the opportunity to capture appealing visuals and interviews when more than 30 Saginaw- and Detroit-area youths learn about Michigan’s natural resources at the Department of Natural Resources Youth Conservation Academy in Detroit. 

The academy runs every Tuesday from July 10 through Aug. 14. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. Most classes are at the Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater St., while others will take place at Belle Isle Park’s Flynn Memorial Pavilion. 

The academy will focus on a different area each week: 

  • July 10: Law enforcement/hunter education.
  • July 17: Mineral resources/historical resources.
  • July 24: Forestry/fisheries.
  • July 31: Wildlife/parks and recreation.
  • Aug. 7: Laws and ethics/hunting safety/outdoor survival.
  • Aug. 14: Graduation.

In addition to classroom sessions, hands-on activities include archery, outdoor survival, hunting safety and the identification of various minerals, fish and wildlife. Students who complete the course will graduate Aug. 14.

“We’re excited to introduce the next generation to the fun and responsibilities that come with being stewards of Michigan’s natural resources,” said Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division chief and academy organizer. “One of our state’s defining aspects is its strong outdoor heritage. Providing urban youths with the opportunity to learn about our natural resources and explore rewarding careers within the DNR will help ensure that legacy continues.”   

The academy also highlights jobs available within the DNR, including positions in law enforcement, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, marketing and outreach, historical resources, parks and recreation, land management and more.                           

The academy is in its fourth year. Students were selected from four Summer Youth Employment Program groups: First Ward Community Services, the Green Door Initiative, Healthy Kidz Inc. and the Detroit Zoological Society. The students have established mentors and supervisors from these groups who will support their efforts and development throughout the academy. 

Learn more about natural resources programs and career opportunities at

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to