Department of Natural Resources
We have great programs and resources available for all ages and skills levels to help you learn more about enjoying Michigan's natural resources.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
High School students can join the DNR for a four-day career experience in northern Michigan. Students will explore various careers in natural resources including: fisheries and wildlife management, forestry, conservation officer and park ranger.
Stepping Stones is an eight week summer program designed to teach outdoor skills to children, 9-16 years old, in a Michigan State Park.
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.
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.
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!