Meet our Volunteers

Volunteers for the DNR

Winter 2019-2020


CWD Surveillance - Danielle Brown, Rosemount

Danielle Brown worked alongside DNR staff at Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Check stations for three weekends during the fall of 2018. She provided assistance to hunters, managed data, collected biological samples and worked with a smile at all times.

According to Kelsie LaSharr, Research Biologist, Division of Fish & Wildlife, Carlo Avery Wildlife Management Area, “Danielle was an incredibly hard worker whose attention to detail was not overlooked.”

Thank you, Danielle, for helping us monitor this disease!

taking samples


Fire Tenders - Leon and Betsy Pitzen, Two Harbors

Leon and Betsy Pitzen volunteer to tend the bonfire at campsite #4 each year for the annual Candlelight Snowshoe & Hike Event at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Two Harbors. They welcome guests and provide marshmallows to roast over the fire.  They enthusiastically volunteer for this event every year and make everyone feel the excitement and magic of the evening.

Leon and Betsy truly personify the DNR mission of providing memorable outdoor recreational experiences for families in Minnesota State Parks!       

Thank you, Leon and Betsy, for sharing the magic!

candle luminary


Project Learning Tree (PLT) Preschool Workshops - Wendy Tremblay, Stillwater

Between 2017 and 2019, Wendy Tremblay led three to five Project Learning Tree (PLT) workshops and events each year to provide in-depth, hands-on training in preschool-level environmental/outdoor education training techniques and lessons. Here she was able to combine her expertise working with young children and nature preschools. Teachers attended her workshops to get professional development credit and training in lessons from the DNR's Project Learning Tree activity guide.

“The objective of each workshop is to help teachers integrate environmental/outdoor education in their everyday teaching, thereby connecting children and families with nature,” says Laura Duffey, PLT Coordinator, Division of Forestry, St Paul.  “Wendy also helped train in other trainers to do similar work for the DNR.”

Thank you, Wendy, for helping others connect with the outdoors!

Wendy Tremblay


Download the 2018 DNR Volunteer Annual Report for a listing of all the different kinds of projects volunteers do throughout the state.

Since creating a department-wide DNR Volunteer Program in 1982, citizens have engaged in more than 11 million hours of volunteer service focused on managing our state's natural resources.

How does Minnesota rank for volunteering?

  • Minnesota ranked #2 in the nation for volunteering in 2015 with 1,560,667 volunteers donating 155.41 million hours of service at a value of $3.3 billion.
  • Minneapolis-St Paul was ranked #1 in volunteering among large cities in the U.S. The Twin Cities was ranked #2 in college students and #2 in Millennials volunteering.

Source: Corporation for National and Community Service

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