Michigan DNRE Offers Basic Archery Instructor Courses

Michigan DNRE Offers Basic Archery Instructor Courses
Courses to be held in Delta, Eaton, Genesee, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston and Otsego Counties.

Michigan DNR
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan –-(Ammoland.com)- The Department of Natural Resources and Environment today announced it will offer free eight-hour basic archery instructor (BAI) courses for physical education teachers who wish to join the DNRE’s 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 400 schools across Michigan have implemented the program.

Classes are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek, Livingston County
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 13 and Dec. 18
    Contact: Robert Jellison, 248-877-5883
  • Waverly Middle School, Eaton County
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Sept. 18, Oct. 2 & 23, Nov. 6 & 13 and Dec. 4 & 11
    Contact: Michelle DeBrabander, 517-321-7240 x 2224
  • Eisenhower School, Genesee County
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18
    Contact: Mike Maienbrook, 810-240-4622
  • Gaylord Family Fellowship, Otsego County
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sept. 16, Oct. 21 and Dec. 9
    Contact: Mark Copeland, 989-705-1339
  • Rockford Sportsman’s Club, Kent County
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sept. 14 and Dec. 5
    Contact: Jeff DeRegnaucourt, 616-977-7750
  • Portage Central Middle School, Kalamazoo County
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Oct. 2, Nov 6 & 13 and Dec. 11
    Contact: John Dunlop, 269-323-5665
  • Location TBD, Delta County
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Oct. 16
    Contact: Erick and Karen Kestila, 906-786-0957

“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 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 [email protected] Information is also available at www.michigan.gov/dnrarchery.

Additionally, the DNRE is offering archery equipment grants to schools – both public and private – that enroll in the Archery in the Schools program.

The DNRE is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state’s environment, natural resources and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnre.