Outdoors briefly

Conservation workshops soon

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

National Archery in the Schools – June 3-4, 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 as an after-school activity. A pre-registration fee of $10 is required. Register by calling Jeff Long at 328-6322.

Habitats of North Dakota – June 10-11, Minot. Designed for teachers, environmental educators and anyone who works with youth. Wetlands, badlands, prairie, woodlands and riparian habitats are studied.

Visual Arts Approach to Teaching Life Science – June 25-26, Bismarck. Participants will experiment with clay, water, pastel and colored pencil, while emphasizing North Dakota resources, environment and wildlife.

Science Resources for Elementary Educators – July 9-10, 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.

Registration information for habitats, visual arts or science resources workshops is available by visiting the University of North Dakota website or by calling Sherry Niesar at 527-3714.

Parks questions and answers

Two North Dakota state parks, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and Lake Metigoshe State Park, have 100 percent of their camping sites available through reservations.

Since instituting the 100 percent reservation availability in February, a number of questions have started to come in from park visitors. In an effort to answer the most frequently asked questions, the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has put together a question and answer sheet on its website at ( under the “News” section of its front page. If the guide doesn’t provide the answers you are looking for, contact either Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park at 667-6340, Lake Metigoshe State Park 263-4651 or NDPRD headquarters 328-5357.

In the other 11 state parks, the mix of reserved and first-come, first-served campsites are about 50/50. North Dakota’s State Parks returned to full services on Friday. Daily vehicle entrance fees are $5 or a $25 annual pass can be purchased which expires May 1, 2015. The annual pass is good for any of the state park system’s 13 parks and discounts are provided to seniors and disabled military veterans.