2013-05-30 / Outdoors

Area kids’ ORV class, ride offered

SORVA hosting June safety class, fun ride

MANISTIQUE – An off-road vehicle excursion and class for youth will be held in two locations on June 8 and 9. The event is hosted by the Sportsmen’s Off- Road Vehicle Association.

This event is intended to engage youth ages 12 to 16 in the enjoyment of Michigan’s motorized trails by building their confidence through a free ORV Safety class, practical skills training track, and hands-on trail riding experience.

The ORV Safety class will run from 10 a.m.. – 5 p.m. on June 8, at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. The class is taught by Michigan ATV/ ORV Instructor Tim Kobasic. The class is designed for ages 12- 16, but parents are encouraged to attend. Lunch and all class materials will also be provided for free.

Space is limited, and registration is available at Munising High School, Manistique High School, Manistique Chamber of Commerce, and the Escanaba Department of Natural Resources Office. Participants registered by May 31 will also receive a free t-shirt. Bus and van transportation will be provided free of charge for youth from the Munising and Manistique areas, with buses loading in those communities starting at 8 a.m.

Also on June 8, SORVA will be offering a Practical Skills Training Track from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the red activity building near the DNR Pocket Park at the U.P. State Fairgrounds.

The Recreation Passport is not required for vehicle entry to this training event. Students are encouraged to bring their own ORV, helmet, and eye protection if they have it, but 4-wheelers will be available for participants to borrow.

The event will take place rain or shine. Register for this class at the same locations listed above for the ORV Safety Class. Registration deadline is May 31.

For more information on the practical skills training or ORV Safety Class, contact Kobasic at (906) 399-9298.

On June 9 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., a free 10-mile “Fun Ride” will take place from the Jack Pine ORV/snowmobile trailhead in the Hiawatha National Forest to the Thunderbowl Scramble Area (weather permitting).

To participate in the fun ride, all participants must have their own all-terrain vehicle, must be at least 12 years old to participate, and must have their ORV Safety Certificate in their possession.

A proficiency course will be set up at the Thunderbowl, and instructors, law enforcement, and grant sponsors will supervise kids riding the course.

Lunch will be provided free of charge. Transportation will not be provided and participants should arrive early to the Jack Pine trailhead.

A Recreation Passport is not required for vehicle entry to this training event. The annual ORV sticker is not necessary for the fun ride on Sunday as this is an educational event.

For more information contact Dick Musson with the Schoolcraft County Motorized Trails Association at (906) 341-8391. Register for this class at the same locations as listed above for the ORV Safety Class.

Deadline for registration is May 31.

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