Programs for Families and Individuals
• Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) BOW is a national program created to introduce women to traditionally male outdoor activities. In Michigan, DNR's BOW program are offered year round at many locations and range from basic introductory courses to specific outdoor experiences.
• State Park Visitor Centers, Historic Sites and Museums DNR's Parks and Recreation Division manages one of the largest state park programs in the nation with over 100 state park and recreation areas. In seven of these locations, DNR has Visitor Centers with full time staff to interpret nature through a variety of programs, family events, and outdoor experiences. Bring your group to Mackinac State Historic Parks for a great first-hand on side experience or bring Mackinac to your classroom.
• Events and Activities in State Parks The Michigan State Parks "Go Get Outdoors" program helps you and your family get acquainted with the parks and all there is to do. Check out the calendar. Try kiteboarding, kayaking and a host of other sports and recreational activities taught by some of the best experts in their field all compliments of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
• Hunter Education & Recreational Safety Classes Many outdoor activities require specific safety training. Youngsters, or adults learning outdoor skills for the first time, may need to take these courses.
• Natural Resources Commission Youth Conservation Council Interested in nature? Want to make a difference, meet new friends, gain leadership experience and have fun outdoors? Join the Youth Conservation Council!
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Programs for Educators and Students
• Academy of Natural Resources The Academy of Natural Resources offers educators the opportunity to learn about Michigan's diverse natural resources, discover current trends in their management and experience activities that bring this knowledge to the classroom. During this week-long workshop in the summer, four separate sections are offered, each with a different emphasis but all benefitting Michigan educators who wish to blend natural resources themes into their school curricula.
• Projects for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts The DNR and scouts have a long tradition of teaming up for conservation, history and outdoor recreation. We want to continue and strengthen this achievement. Come join us as we work together to protect Michigan's wealth of natural resources and ensure that we all can enjoy its bounty of outdoor activities.
• Explore Bowhunting Explore Bowhunting is an outdoor conservation education program focusing on interaction with people and wildlife. Educators, attend a one-day workshop to learn the Explore Bowhunting curriculum. In turn, educators teach bowhunting to youth between the ages of 11 and 17. Explore Bowhunting teaches students how to interact with the natural world by developing basic skills used to bowhunt which focus on getting close to animals.
• Recreational Archery The Recreational Archery Program is designed to provide archery education and instructor certification for recreation leaders. Program participants will learn how to implement beginner to more advanced archery programs and receive guidance on how to utilize existing indoor and outdoor facilities to safely conduct a variety of archery programs and events for all age and skill levels.
• PreK-12 Teacher Workshops, Field Trip Ideas and Resources for the Classroom The DNR offers an array of workshops and programs to help teachers connect students to nature. From the Salmon in the Classroom program to Project Learning Tree, teachers throughout the state use natural resource themes to teach across the curriculum.