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Forest preserve sponsoring archery open house

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  • The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will sponsor a free open house Saturday at its archery range in Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville.

    The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will sponsor a free open house Saturday at its archery range in Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville.
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Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Residents can explore the sport of archery at a free open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville.

Participants will learn about the sport and its history and equipment before trying out their skills under the guidance of a certified instructor.

The open house also will 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 younger than 18. Equipment is provided and registration is not required.

For information, call (630) 933-7248.

"Our nationally recognized archery program is one of our most popular offerings," forest preserve Commissioner Al Murphy said. "The annual open house is a great way to explore the classic sport."

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

Other archery programs include:

• Archery: Families -- Learn basic techniques and safety essentials from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Blackwell. Equipment provided; ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with an adult. Free. Register: (630) 933-7248.

• Archery: Just for Kids -- Learn basic techniques and safety essentials from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Churchill Woods. Equipment provided. Ages 5-8 with an adult. Free. Register: (630) 933-7248.

• Archery: Families -- Learn basic techniques and safety essentials from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Blackwell. Equipment provided. Ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with an adult. Free. Register: (630) 933-7248.

• Active Adults Adventure Series -- Take part in outdoor activities from archery and fishing to kayaking and more from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Churchill Woods. Equipment provided. Meets four Thursdays at Churchill Woods, Hidden Lake, Wood Dale Grove and Mayslake. Ages 50 and older. $35 per person. Register: (630) 933-7248.

• Archery: Families -- Learn basic techniques and safety essentials from 10 to 11;30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at Salt Creek Park. Equipment provided. Ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with an adult. Free. Register: (630) 933-7248.

• Archery: Active Adults -- Learn basic techniques and safety essentials from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Blackwell. Equipment provided. Ages 50 and older. Free. Register: (630) 933-7248.

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