Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the DNR

A family fishing at a pier

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are key values of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). We are committed to living out these values in all of our work, whether it's getting people outdoors, creating accessible facilities in state parks, or recruiting a diverse workforce. Here are some ways we are doing that, along with links so you can learn more about the various efforts or become involved.

Accessible outdoors


Two people, one of whom is holding a bow

The DNR hosts hunting and fishing education programs, such as Becoming an Outdoors Woman and I Can Fish! to introduce people to outdoor recreation. We also offer educational materials in multiple languages, such as Spanish-language instructions on how to purchase a fishing license and ice safety.


Welcoming and diverse workplace

A group of the Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers fellows

We strive to be a workplace that represents the diversity of the state and includes people of all backgrounds. The DNR is a veteran-friendly Yellow Ribbon employer. We also participate in Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers, which is a college-to-careers pathway program for underrepresented STEM college students interested in pursuing a career in environmental and natural resources.


Language Access

three people of color talking with each other.

The DNR has adopted a Language Access Plan to communicate effectively with people with limited English proficiency (LEP) and to provide meaningful access to DNR program information and services for every Minnesotan.


Public engagement

A DNR booth at a public engagement event

If you are interested in the management of natural resources funds and influencing public policy, you can get involved by visiting our public engagement website.


The DNR prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation or public assistance status in any DNR public service. If you feel like you have been discriminated against, please read our complaint procedures for more information.

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