ATV safety class field day to be offered by Prospector Loop Alliance in Tower
There will be a field day for the Minnesota ATV safety course on August 22 at 4 p.m. until approximately 8 p.m. at the Tower Civic Center building.
A knowledge test and information session will be set up in the Tower Civic Center at 4:30 p.m. and a skills test on operating will be set up immediately after.
Youth ages 11 and older can attend an ATV safety certification course and receive their certificate once they complete the online portion. The ATV safety certificate becomes valid at age 12.
DNR ATV certification is required of anyone born after July 7, 1987 to operate a ATV on public land in Minnesota
Students will be asked to complete the online ATV safety course before the start of the class on August 22.
Follow the links from the Minnesota DNR website at the top of the page click on (Education/Safety), from the drop down pick (Recreational Vehicle Safety Classes), next chose (All-terrain vehicle ATV Safety Training), from here you can read the options available, (atvcourse.com) at a cost of $24.95, make sure to choose the under 16 field day option, once enrolled into the course it will take approximately two weeks to complete depending on the amount of time spent (parents please let your children do the class themselves)
This will get the certificate needed to enroll in an ATV Field Day, students over 16 do not have to do a field day. Students need to complete the course on their own at home.
On August 22 this certificate is mandatory to begin the ATV field day and enrollment application.
After the ATV field day is complete and students have passed, a field day certificate will be given to them and their ATV safety certificate can be purchased for another $10 from the Minnesota DNR.
This certificate will become valid when the applicant turns 12.
The one-day class will be given from area volunteers that will start with an information session and after will have a written test to see if the students are knowledgeable on the subject after which there will be a hands-on riding course where the students will be able to prove their skills.
Because of the lack of hands on, parents are asked to help their children by teaching them the basic fundamentals of handling an ATV.
Students are asked to sign up by August 16 by calling the Tower DNR office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 218-300-7841 and signing up with Joan Broten the Tower Area Parks and Trails office manager.
Students will be asked to leave their full name, telephone number, address, and birthdate. Also, students will need to bring a helmet, long pants, and boots, (sandals and shorts will not be acceptable and students will be sent home).
A parent or guardian chosen by the parent, 18 or older will need to accompany the student to sign a release form prior to the class.
A total of 30 students will be accepted for the class, on a first call basis.
A minimum of six volunteers will be needed for the number of students anticipated. This will be most of the evening and some setup before.
Volunteers who wish to help on the ATV field day, would be greatly appreciated and may call Dan Broten at 218-780-3004.