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Programs for All

Programs for All

Skill Building for Adults and Kids

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).

Outdoor Skills Academy

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.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman
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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.

Learn more about archery classes

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.

Fishing Classes and Clinics
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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.

Learn more about hunting

Education Programs for Families, Adults and Schools

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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.

Visitor Centers
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Nature at Home

Find great activities, apps, videos, virtual tours, and much more. We have everything you need to connect your family with nature.

Activities for home
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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. 

Fish Hatcheries
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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.

Michigan History Center
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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.

Outdoor Adventure Center

Park Nature Programs

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.

Park Nature Programs

Opportunities for Youth

The DNR offers a variety of opportunities for youth to connect with our natural resources.

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Career Pathways

High School students can join the DNR for a four-day career experience, exploring various careers in natural resources including: fisheries and wildlife management, forestry, conservation officer and park ranger.

Learn More About Career Pathways

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! 

Learn About Kids' Fishing Fun
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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.

Learn About Scouting with the DNR