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Archery Open House Showcases Popular Sport at Blackwell Aug. 5

(July 19, 2017) — Explore the classic sport of archery at a free “Archery Open House” on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville.

Participants will learn about this popular sport and its history and equipment before trying out their skills under the guidance of a certified instructor. The open house will also highlight the archery range’s three different sections: beginner, advanced and interactive.

All ages are welcome at the open house, but adults must accompany those under 18. Equipment is provided, and registration is not required. For more information, call 630-933-7248.

“Our nationally recognized archery program is one of our most popular offerings,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6. “The annual open house is a great way to explore the classic sport.”

The Blackwell archery range, which is located off the Butterfield Road entrance, is open from one hour after sunrise until sunset, except Wednesdays, when it opens at 10 a.m. Visitors using the area do not need permits, but the range is for archery use only. Archers may use arrows with target heads but not broad heads. Outside of the open house, archers need to bring their own equipment.

“The Blackwell archery range is a longtime favorite of outdoor enthusiasts and has picked up a new generation of fans after movies like ‘Brave’ and ‘Wonder Woman,’” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.

The archery range is ADA accessible and features bow racks, quivers and targets with distances up to 90 meters.

Other upcoming archery programs include: 

  • Archery: Families, Aug. 2, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Blackwell. Learn basic techniques and safety essentials. Equipment provided; ages 9 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-933-7248.
  • Archery: Just for Kids, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Churchill Woods. Learn basic techniques and safety essentials. Equipment provided. Ages 5 – 8 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-933-7248.
  • Archery: Families, Aug. 9, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Blackwell. Learn basic techniques and safety essentials. Equipment provided. Ages 9 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-933-7248.
  • Active Adults Adventure Series begins, Aug. 10, 9 – 11 a.m., Churchill Woods. Take part in outdoor activities from archery and fishing to kayaking and more. Equipment provided. Meets four Thursdays at Churchill Woods, Hidden Lake, Wood Dale Grove and Mayslake. Ages 50 and up. $35 per person. Register online or at 630-933-7248.
  • Archery: Families, Aug. 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Salt Creek Park. Learn basic techniques and safety essentials. Equipment provided. Ages 9 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-933-7248.
  • Archery: Active Adults, Aug. 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Blackwell. Learn basic techniques and safety essentials. Equipment provided. Ages 50 and up. Free. Register online or at 630-933-7248.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 62 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages.

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