MNR Seeking Volunteers for UP Fair Pocket Park | News, Sports, Jobs


ESCANABA — Volunteer mentors are needed to assist Michigan Department of Natural Resources Pocket Park staff during the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba, 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 the 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 park has a wooded landscape and a small waterfall.

“Volunteering at Pocket Park is a positive and rewarding experience in every way,” said volunteer organizer Jo Ann Alexander. “Kids get a fun experience, parents can introduce their kids to potential new activities with the help of others, and volunteers get the satisfaction of knowing they’re helping guide you through activities. recreational interests that may shape their future interests. »

Training of volunteers for all activities is provided.

Shifts during fair week (Eastern Time) include: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 15, the day the fair opens; 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday; and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, the last day of the fair.

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]



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