The DNR ATV Education Program Skills Course is a rider-based course taught by certified volunteers. In order to become a volunteer instructor, an applicant must have strong riding skills, the ability to effectively communicate verbally with others, submit to criminal and conservation violation background checks, and complete an Instructor Academy Training Session.
For this program, the instructor training is a two-day training which gives the candidate the perspective and experience of being a student, an apprentice, and an instructor. Once the training is successfully completed, the candidate will be a DNR-certified instructor.
Instructors must provide the following:
• An ATV that is in good working order, properly equipped with muffling equipment, and currently registered with the DNR.
• Safety gear which must include:
• A helmet with a face shield or goggles
• Over-the-ankle boots or riding boots
• Long pants
• Long-sleeve shirts and gloves are strongly encouraged
• Rain gear and sunscreen, as needed
The DNR will provide the candidates with all of the materials needed to teach a course, which will include:
• Range cards which contain course layouts and course curriculum
• Instructor Policies and Procedures Manual
• Student and Instructor Rosters
• Student Evaluation Forms
• Pre-ride Inspection Forms
• Training on how to select an area for teaching a course. Most of the DNR-designated OHV Parks are available for holding classes.
• Training on how to set up a course and register students
We strongly encourage our ATV Volunteer Education Instructors to teach with another certified instructor. If possible, taking the Instructor Academy Training Session together will give the instructors a chance to start planning their teaching strategies from the beginning.
Instructor Academies are held once a year, typically in the spring, and are limited to 12 candidates due to the intensive nature of the training and the depth of the topics covered. Training is provided by DNR Conservation Officers who are experienced riders, knowledgeable in the subject matter, and very effective teachers.
Teaching experience is not required. We find that those who have a passion for the sport of motorized recreation and OHV riding in particular have a natural ability to connect with their students.
This course is designed for a student who is between the ages of 11 and 17, but we encourage riders of any age to take this course. Special consideration must be given to riders who are younger than 9 and we do not advocate letting young riders take the course at the same time as more mature riders.
Each student who takes the DNR ATV Education Program Skills Course must pay a $25 fee. This fee is collected to offset the cost of materials and course development. All DNR education instructors are volunteers and are not financially compensated for their time in planning or teaching a course.
For more information, please contact the ATV Education Coordinator via firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-281-3208.