Conservation and Outdoor Skills Park at the State Fair
The Conservation and Outdoor Skills Park at the North Dakota State Fair is located near the north central edge of the fairgrounds. The area is surrounded by mature cottonwood and box elder trees, providing one of the best shaded areas / green spaces on the grounds. The most prominent feature is the fishing pond. Several rustic buildings house activities and exhibits.
Visitors stop by to fish or try their hand at the air rifle range, learn archery, explore the world of trapping and furtaking, visit with a Game and Fish biologist or just to simply enjoy the shade.
Yearly, during the nine-day state fair, more than 10,000 youngsters and adults participate in activities free of charge. An additional estimated 20,000 people also visit the park to see the exhibits or to find a cool spot out of the sun.
Most activities in the park are designed to give the visitor a hands-on experience aided by volunteer instructors. Local clubs and organizations use this area during the rest of the year for conservation and outdoor related activities.
- Fishing Pond - Visitors receive a quick lesson on fish biology; learn some basic knots, test their casting skills, and then fish from a dock cane poles. Volunteers help youngsters bait hooks and release fish.
- Air Rifle Gallery - After a brief lesson in safe firearms handling, visitors can shoot at the air rifle range. A coach/safety mentor is on hand for each shooter.
- Archery Range - A short archery safety lesson is given to participants and bows are matched to the individual. The visitor is allowed to shoot, accompanied by a coach/safety instructor.
- Furbearer Exhibit - Visitors learn about furbearers and how trapping works for managing them.
- Information Cabin - Game and Fish staff are available to answer wildlife and conservation questions.
- Fish Exhibit - Aquariums stocked with live fish show species found in our waters.
The Conservation and Outdoor Skills Park at the North Dakota State Fair is a great place for people of all ages to visit with Game and Fish Department personnel or try their hand at many outdoor and conservation related activities.
For more information, contact Minot area outreach biologist Greg Gullickson at 701-720-1640, or email Greg Gullickson.