Area educators who focus on any aspect of outdoors studies can enhance their classroom presentations with information gained during a two-day Schoolyard Habitat Institute program to be held at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center in Depew on July 29 and 30.
The Institute provides activities for outdoors instruction in classrooms and while outside, including ways to improve outdoors spaces around the school. A $40 materials fee includes useful activities that apply in most school curricula for pre-K to grade 12 class instruction.
Teachers must register by July 9 for this Institute and space in limited. A registration form can be found online; for more details, call 683-5959 or go to dec.ny.gov/education/1837.
Youth archery program
Double T Archery Club offers its popular Summer Youth Archery Program again this year on club grounds at 1110 North French Road in Amherst.
The 11-week program begins June 11 and is open to all youths ages five to 17, with groups formed by ages and abilities; no prior archery experience is required for entering this program.
Parents or guardians can register and sign liability forms from 5 to 6 p.m. on June 11 and are encouraged to participate, supervise their children, and relax on the club’s patio while the kids enjoy archery.
The entire program costs $30 per child and $10 for each additional child from the same immediate family and household. The registration fee covers instruction and safety supervision by club-member volunteers, use of archery equipment, refreshments served weekly, and a potluck picnic banquet on Aug. 13.
For more information and directions to the club, visit TTArchery.org and click on the youth program link.
Young lifetime licenses
Federations in Erie and Chautauqua Counties have successfully established sponsorship and organizational setups to provide youths with lifetime outdoors sporting licenses.
A program Joe Jemiolo started in Erie County two years ago sparked interest in Chautauqua County where Zen Olow organized a similar program. Recipients received their licenses at both county’s awards banquets. Organizers are now working on setting up this youth effort in Wyoming and other Western New York counties.
County residents under age 16 can enter a drawing for a trapping, fishing, big game/small game, muzleloading, or archery lifetime license.
For details on Erie County entry applications, check with Joe Jemiolo at 440-8812 or with Chuck Godfrey at 440-6995; in Chautauqua County, call Zen Olow at 640-2776.