North American Game Warden Museum at International Peace Garden educates and honors
Located at the International Peace Garden near Dunseith, N.D., the North American Game Warden Museum was completed in 2005 as a way to educate the public about the officers who dedicate their lives to protecting the outdoors and honor those who’ve given their lives in the line of duty.
The museum is about three hours northwest of Grand Forks on the North Dakota-Manitoba border.
According to the museum’s website, the facility started with a small exhibit building and “discovery trail” that included displays honoring fallen officers.
A 14-year fundraising effort led to the first phase of constructing a permanent museum in 2004, and in 2005, the museum opened to the public.
Sunday, the museum houses a wealth of items relating to the game warden profession. Included are vintage uniforms, decoys, badges and a range of tools used in wildlife enforcement. Also on display are historic and contemporary books and a collection of confiscated animals, skins and illegal items along with a history of each.
The museum also offers a series of programs from mid-July through August. Here’s what’s on tap in the next few weeks:
- Sunday: Pat Lothspeich, outreach biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, and Jonathan Tofteland, game warden, noon to 5 p.m. The department’s Report All Poaching trailer of confiscated items will be open to the public during those hours.
- Saturday-Aug. 17: Tom Zick, federal wildlife officer, J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, 1 to 3 p.m.
- Aug. 23-24: Capt. Thomas Caifa, New York State Environmental Conservation Police, half-hour presentations from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
- Aug. 30: Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre staff, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The North American Game Warden Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends only in May, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from June 1 through Sept. 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 4-6 and by appointment only during the winter in coordination with the International Peace Garden.