MINOT, N.D. — The Conservation and Outdoor Skills Park at the North Dakota State Fair is located near the north central edge of the venue. The area is surrounded by mature cottonwood and box elder trees, providing one of the best shaded areas at the fairgrounds.

That’s reason enough for many visitors to stop by, but most will want to experience the hands-on activities the park offers.

Every year more than 10,000 children and adults participate in free outdoor activities. Another 20,000 people stop by to see the exhibits and talk with Game and Fish staffers.

Volunteer instructors are available for each activity, including:

  • Fishing pond — Visitors can learn about fish biology, test their casting skills and fish from the dock with cane poles.

  • Air rifle gallery — After a basic lesson in safe firearms handling, visitors can shoot at the range to test their skills.

  • Archery range — Following a short safety lesson, each visitor is matched to a bow they can use to shoot at the range.

  • Furbearer exhibit — Visitors can learn about furbearers and the role of trapping in managing their populations.

  • Information cabin — Game and Fish staff are available to answer wildlife and conservation questions.

  • Fish Exhibit — Aquariums are stocked with live fish found in North Dakota waters.

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What: Conservation and Outdoor Skills Park at the North Dakota State Fair

Where: North Dakota State Fair Center, 2005 E. Burdick Expy, Minot

When: July 19-27. The Conservation Park 1-7 p.m. daily.

For more information: https://ndstatefair.com/