Summer Volunteer Opportunities

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has many  opportunities for volunteers  to help with education efforts this summer.

Anyone interested in helping Game and Fish's conservation education efforts, and volunteering time to sustain the state's outdoor heritage, can call Game and Fish at701-328-6615.

Volunteer fishing camp instructors must become an official Game and Fish Department volunteer, become a Lure 'Em For Life member ($10 annually) and pass a background check. Contact Jeff Long, department education coordinator, at  701-328-6322  to begin this process.

Some other volunteer opportunities coming this summer include:

·                  National Guard Fish Camp, June 5-8, at Camp of the Cross, Garrison. The camp is conducted as a partnership between Lure 'Em For Life, North Dakota Game and Fish, and the North Dakota National Guard and is open to kids ages 9-14 whose parent or parents are active North Dakota National Guard members. Volunteers are needed to teach classes such as knot tying, fish identification and shore-fishing. Volunteers with boats are also needed to take kids on the water.

·                  Camp of the Cross Ministries Fish Camp, June 20-23, at Camp of the Cross, Garrison. The camp is organized and run by CCM, but volunteers are needed to help with fishing. This three-day camp was developed by CCM as a 'specialty camp,' focusing on one of three areas, including fishing.

·                  Summer Fish Camp, Aug. 7-12, at Lakewood Bible Camp, Devils Lake. Similar to the June camp in Garrison, but this four-day camp is open to anyone ages 8-14.

·                  North Dakota State Fair, July 22-30, Minot. The Game and Fish Department operates an outdoor skills area during the State Fair where kids of all ages have an opportunity to fish, and shoot pellet guns and bows. There is also a furbearer and many other educational displays. The Outdoors Skills Park is open 1-7 p.m. daily and is operated by volunteers and Game and Fish staff. Lodging and per diem are provided to volunteers working two or more consecutive days.

·                  Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site, Bismarck.  Family fishing days are Saturdays and Wednesdays from June through the end of August, located adjacent to the department's Bismarck office, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to answer questions and check out equipment.