Great volunteer opportunity for DNR program

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for a few good, well, volunteers, to help staff an interesting and innovative program at the upcoming Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba.

Mentors are needed to help staff the agency’s Pocket Park during the Aug. 16-22 fair. Activities volunteers assist with include helping kids catch and release bluegills in the U.P.-shaped pond, shoot pellet guns or bow and arrow, staffing the fire tower or greeting visitors.

“Most folks who volunteer at the Pocket Park find it to be a very rewarding experience, with many returning to offer their help again this year,” said Kristi Dahlstrom, one of the DNR volunteer organizers. “The park attracts big crowds, which means we have a lot of available shifts for volunteers to fill.”

Shifts during fair week include:

≤ 4:30-8:30 p.m. Monday (fair opening day – Aug. 16)

≤ 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 3-7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

≤ 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday (final day of the fair – Aug. 22)

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old (unless under special pre-approved circumstances) and pass a background check. A meal and T-shirt will be provided.

Rather not take it on alone? Businesses and organizations, or clubs and groups, may wish to sponsor shifts during the fair by having their employees or members volunteer as a group. Recognition of the group or business will be prominently displayed and announced.

We recommend our readers give this a serious look. It’s a great program and it benefits area youth.

What could be better?


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