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Blackwell to unveil centers for archery, urban stream studies

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Pat Weber, senior ranger, adjusts advanced archery range targets at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville. The range has undergone $504,000 in upgrades and visitors can tour the site and try their hand at archery Saturday.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Erik Neidy, DuPage County forest preserve manager of natural resources, holds one of many mussels that are part of the work at the new Urban Stream Research Center at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Pat Weber, senior ranger, adjusts advanced archery range targets at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville. The range has undergone $504,000 in upgrades and visitors can tour the site and try their hand at archery Saturday. Residents also can see the new Urban Stream Research Center nearby.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Erik Neidy, DuPage County forest preserve manager of natural resources, shows part of the Urban Stream Research Center at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville. Staff will use the center to reintroduce native muscles and nongame fish to local waterways.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

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Archery's popularity surged this spring when "The Hunger Games" and its bow-wielding heroine came to theaters. Then at this summer's Olympic Games in London, archery attracted roughly 1.5 million viewers on cable networks, according to NBC. Now, DuPage County residents can test their own skills Saturday, Aug. 18, when Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville plays host to the grand opening of its upgraded archery and recreation complex.
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    • Pat Weber, senior ranger, adjusts advanced archery range targets at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville. The range has undergone $504,000 in upgrades and visitors can tour the site and try their hand at archery Saturday.
    •  Erik Neidy, DuPage County forest preserve manager of natural resources, holds one of many mussels that are part of the work at the new Urban Stream Research Center at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville.
    •  Pat Weber, senior ranger, adjusts advanced archery range targets at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville. The range has undergone $504,000 in upgrades and visitors can tour the site and try their hand at archery Saturday. Residents also can see the new Urban Stream Research Center nearby.
    •  Erik Neidy, DuPage County forest preserve manager of natural resources, shows part of the Urban Stream Research Center at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville. Staff will use the center to reintroduce native muscles and nongame fish to local waterways.
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