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Posted July 22, 2022.

Sign up for a volunteer shift at UP State Fair in Escanaba

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Pocket Park is a popular spot, especially during fair week in August in Escanaba. Michigan Department of Natural Resources photo.

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity to help young people experience outdoor recreation – instilling in them a sense of Michigan’s natural resource heritage and traditions – then the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking. from you.

Mentors are needed to assist DNR’s Pocket Park staff during the Upper Peninsula State Fair Aug. 15-21. Volunteers help kids catch and release bluegills in the UP-shaped pond, shoot pellet guns or bow and arrow, outfit the fire tower, or greet visitors .

“Most people who volunteer at Pocket Park find it a very rewarding experience, and many are coming back to help out again this year,” said Kristi Dahlstrom, one of DNR’s volunteer organizers. “The park draws large crowds, which means we have plenty of shifts available for volunteers to fill.”

DNR Pocket Park is a 1 acre site, located off US 2 in the Fairgrounds. The park caters especially to youngsters looking for an outdoor adventure or to learn an outdoor skill.

The UP State Fair attracts more than 95,000 visitors annually, many of whom visit Pocket Park to participate in recreational activities, experience nature programs, visit conservation officers, or enjoy a relaxing, shady place to hang out. sit in a natural resource setting. The Pocket Park has a wooded landscape and a small waterfall.

A young girl assesses her target after receiving instruction on how to shoot a bow and arrow at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Pocket Park in Escanaba. Michigan Department of Natural Resources photo.

“Volunteering at Pocket Park is a positive and rewarding experience in every way,” said Jo Ann Alexander, one of DNR’s volunteer organizers. “Young people get a fun experience, parents can introduce their children to potential new activities with the help of others, and volunteers have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping guide young people through activities. recreational activities that can help shape their future interests. »

Businesses and organizations, or clubs and groups, may wish to sponsor shifts during the fair by asking their employees or members to volunteer as a group. Recognition of the group or company will be prominently displayed and advertised.

Training of volunteers for all activities is provided.

Shifts during fair week include:

5-8 p.m. Monday (opening of the fair on August 15)

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday

Sunday 12pm-3pm (last day of the fair August 21)

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old (except in pre-approved circumstances) and pass a background check. A meal and a t-shirt will be provided.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Jo Ann Alexander at 906-786-2351, Ext. 0 or [email protected] or Kristi Dahlstrom at 906-226-1331 or [email protected]

Pocket Park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day by appointment to accommodate family reunions, picnics, youth organizations, school groups, sports associations, scout camps and public events which include an introduction to fishing, shooting or outdoor recreation.

Those interested in booking an event at Pocket Park can call 906-789-0714 or 906-786-2351 to reserve a date.

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