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Game and Fish at State Fair



The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will host thousands of visitors to its free Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park July 21-29 at the State Fair in Minot.

Visitors will be treated to an array of activities, exhibits and useful information as the park is open from 1-7 p.m. daily. Pathways to Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Archery are major attractions where interested kids and adults participate in each outdoor activity.

In addition to hands-on outdoor learning opportunities, the area offers a live fish display, furbearer exhibit and native prairie plantings. Two information centers staffed by Game and Fish Department personnel bookend the Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park, which is located on the north end of the fairgrounds near the State Fair Center.



Hunter Ed Class for Women Offered in Bismarck

A hunter education course for women only is offered in May at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s main office in Bismarck.


The course involves one evening of classroom instruction, self-paced internet classes, a written exam and an instructional clinic for shooting shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders.

“This course will provide a great opportunity to meet the state’s requirements for hunter education, while providing additional opportunities to learn in a women’s-only environment about how to be a safe and responsible hunter,” said Brian Schaffer, education coordinator.

The initial class will meet Tuesday, May 3 from 6-9 p.m. Participants will have more than a week to complete an online portion, take a short exam and print a certificate of completion. On May 14 at 9 a.m., the class will gather at Game and Fish to complete a field day exercise, take the final written exam and participate in the instructional shooting clinic.

Students should register online at the Game and Fish Department’s website,gf.nd.gov. To register, click on buy and apply, and “online course enrollment” under the hunter education heading. The course number is 2715.

Students who do not have access to the Internet and want to sign up for the class can call the hunter education program 328-6615.

options for educators

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is announcing its summer schedule of conservation workshops for educators.

National Archery in the Schools – June 4-5, Nishu Bow Range in Bismarck. Workshop participants are provided the fundamentals to teach archery in grades 4-12, either indoors or outdoors, and will be able to implement an archery unit in the classroom and an afterschool activity. A preregistration fee of $10 payable to North Dakota Bow Hunters Association is required. Register by calling Jeff Long, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, at (701) 328-6322, or email jrlong@nd.gov.

Science Resources for Elementary Educators – June 19-20, North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck. This workshop provides participants with an overview of resources available to educators, including Wildlife of North Dakota, Elementary Aquatic Education, and Habitats of North Dakota. Sponsored by the Lake Region Teacher Center.

Birds of North Dakota – June 26-27, North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck. Teachers completing this workshop will have a basis for teaching bird studies relevant to North Dakota by integrating life science techniques with visual arts found in the Lewis and Clark journals. Links will be made between birds and their habits. Materials meet North Dakota curriculum standards. Registration fee of $40 is done through the Bismarck Art and Galleries Association website or by calling (701) 223-5986.

Information for each workshop is available by contacting Sherry Niesar at (701) 527-3714.