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Forest Preserve District To Host Archery Open House Aug. 5

Aspiring archers invited to explore the sport with certified instructors

Visitors are invited to try their hand at archery during a free open house on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville.

Participants will learn about archery equipment and get the chance to try some basic skills under the guidance of a certified instructor. Visitors will also be able to talk to representatives from local archery groups and check out the range, which features three different sections for beginner, advanced, and interactive practice.

“Archery is a great sport for all ages and abilities. It’s equal parts exercise, focus, and fun,” said Forest Preserve District ranger operations manager Marty Jandura.

All ages are welcome at the open house, but adults must accompany children under 18. Equipment is provided. Normally, archers need to bring their own gear and possess a Forest Preserve District permit to use the range. Registration is not required, but participants are encouraged to complete a waiver in advance to avoid a line at the event. For more details, visitors can call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248.

The Forest Preserve District will host several other archery programs this summer.

Archery: All Ages
Whether you're new to the sport or looking for a refresher, join us to learn safety tips, proper shooting techniques, and basic skills. Equipment provided. Ages 8 and up; under 18 with an adult. $5 per person. Register online or at 630-933-7248.

Aug. 9                5:30 – 7 p.m.                           Blackwell
Sept. 12              5:30 – 7 p.m.                           Churchill Woods

Archery: Games for Adults
Compete with other participants in different archery games designed to be enjoyable for all skill levels. Equipment provided. Ages 18 and up. $5 per person. Register online or at 630-933-7248.

Aug. 18              5:30 – 7 p.m.                           Churchill Woods

Women's Series: Archery
Enjoy great camaraderie (and a lot of fun!) as you learn basic techniques and safety essentials of this classic sport at a program created for and led by women. Ages 18 and up. $5 per person. Register online or at 630-933-7248.

Sept. 9 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Churchill Woods

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 5.5 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, seven education centers, and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok pages. 



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