The Department of Natural Resources is offering free basic archery instructor (BAI) courses for certified teachers at the following dates and locations:

Location: Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek, Livingston County

Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dates: Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 24, Apr. 21, May 19

Contact: Robert Jellison, 248-877-5883

 

Location: Waverly Middle School, Eaton County

Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dates: Dec. 3 and 10, Jan. 14, 21 and 28, Feb. 4 and 18, Mar. 3 and 17, Apr. 21 and May 5 and 19

Contact: Michelle DeBrabander, 517-321-7240 x 2224

Location: Eisenhower School, Genesee County

Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dates: Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 24, Apr. 21, May 19

Contact: Mike Maienbrook, 810-240-4622

Location: Gaylord Family Fellowship, Otsego County

Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dates: Jan. 13, Feb 17, Mar. 3, Apr. 14, May 19

Contact: Mark Copeland, 989-705-1339

Location: Rockford Sportsman’s Club, Kent County

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dates: Dec. 11

Contact: Jeff DeRegnaucourt, 616-977-7750

Location: Portage Central Middle School, Kalamazoo County

Dates: Dec. 3, Jan. 14, Feb. 18 and Mar. 10

Contact: John Dunlop, 269-323-5665

Location: Escanaba Civic Center, Delta County

Dates: Dec. 17

Contact: Erick and Karen Kestila, 906-786-0957

Each eight-hour session is for certified teachers who wish to join the DNR Archery in the Schools program.

Archery in the Schools introduces international-style target archery to students in 4th through 12th grade physical education classes. The in-school curriculum’s core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement. To date, more than 500 schools across Michigan have implemented the program.

“Target archery is a safe sport, in which students of all skill levels can be successful regardless of age, size or physical ability,” said Mary Emmons, coordinator for the DNR’s Archery in the Schools program. “Incorporating archery as a school sport choice in the physical education curriculum creates an opportunity to engage students who otherwise may not participate in traditional athletics, and it is an individual sport they can enjoy throughout their lifetime.”

For more information on Archery in the Schools, contact Mary Emmons at 517-241-9477 or by email at emmonsm@michigan.gov. Information also is available online at www.michigan.gov/archery.

The DNR also is offering archery equipment grants to schools, both public and private, that enroll in the Archery in the Schools program.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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