Goal 2: Outdoor Recreation

Minnesota's outdoor recreation opportunities meet the needs of new and existing participants so all benefit from nature.

The Challenge

Outdoor recreation is a key to resource conservation and healthy living, but participation is declining in Minnesota and across the U.S. due to changing demographics, increasing urbanization, competing priorities and deteriorating infrastructure. Strategic investment in natural resource management and education is needed to reverse this trend and revitalize natural resource–based recreation for the benefit of present and future Minnesotans and the natural settings that inspire us and enrich our lives.



Click on photos above to learn more about each trend.

  1. Participation in traditional outdoor recreation is changing.
  2. Minnesota's population is aging and becoming increasingly urbanized and diverse.
  3. Competition for leisure time is increasing.
  4. Outdoor recreation infrastructure is outdated and deteriorating.

This page offers a quick overview of our plans to meet this goal. For more details, click below to learn more.

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To meet our goal of meeting the needs of new and existing outdoor recreation participants, we will:

  • learn how today's Minnesotans want to interact with natural resources and adjust our programs and facilities accordingly
  • develop and promote outdoor programs for people of all backgrounds
  • leverage outreach by engaging partners in outdoor recreation recruitment and retention
  • maintain and enhance high-priority outdoor recreation infrastructure and repurpose low-priority infrastructure.


The following actions are examples of how we will carry out these strategies.

Expand and promote "I Can!" programs

We will enhance Minnesotans' opportunity to explore new outdoor activities by increasing participation in "I Can Camp!", "I Can Fish!" and related programs.

Expand hunter recruitment and retention

We will expand hunter recruitment and education programs and increase efforts to engage youth and members of Minnesota's Hispanic community in hunting and shooting sports.

Increase user-friendly access to information

We will market Web-based outdoor recreation information tools such as "Fish Minnesota" and "ParkFinder," develop new tools and enhance the DNR's website.

Implement a new parks and trails system plan

We will invest in innovative facility designs, new technologies, and improvements to buildings, trails, lands and water access sites.