Sign up for Summer Youth Programs at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center

HOLDERNESS — Registration is now open for free youth day programs taking place this summer at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. These programs give youth (boys and girls) age 10-15 the chance to learn about the shooting sports, bowhunting and other outdoor skills. Sessions will be offered in July and August at Owl Brook, which is operated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Pre-registration is required and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited -- enrollment is limited to 20 youth per day -- so register early. To register, call 603-536-3954. There is no charge for the sessions. Each program is hands-on, and all participants will be encouraged to be involved.

Day programs will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, unless otherwise noted, beginning July 8 and ending August 7. Tuesdays will be for youth ages 10-12 and Thursdays will be for youth ages 13-15. In addition, for girls ages 10-15, a girls-only archery will be offered on Wednesday, August 8, and a girls-only shooting sports day will be offered on Wednesday, July 23.

Another popular offering is a dual Hunter Education Certification week that will take place on July 29, 30, 31 and August 1, during which students have the opportunity to earn both their Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education certifications. Youth ages 12-15 who attend and meet all requirements will receive their Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education Certification card.

Check out the action by viewing a three-minute video about the youth day programs at Owl Brook at

Participants may register for one or more sessions, which are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the dates listed below. Bring your own bag lunch.

Week 1: (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Bowhunting/Archery skills
Tuesday July 8- (10-12 year olds)
Wednesday July 9 - (Girls only age 10-15)
Thursday July 10- (13-15 year olds)

Week 2: (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Outdoor Skills
Tuesday July 15- (10-12 year olds)
Thursday July 17 - (13-15 year olds)

Week 3: (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Shooting Sports
Tuesday July 22 - (10-12 year olds)
Wednesday July 23 – (Girls Only age 10-15)
Thursday July 24 - (13-15 year olds)

Week 4: (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Hunter/Bowhunter Education Dual Certification Week (*Both certifications Issued upon completion)
*Must attend all days listed and be 12 years old on or before August 1.
Tuesday July 29
Wednesday July 30
Thursday July 31
Friday August 1

Week 5: (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Exploring the Outdoors
Tuesday August 5 - (10-12 year olds)
Thursday August 7 - (13-15 year olds)

"New Hampshire is still a relatively rural state, but fewer youth are taking advantage of outdoor opportunities," said Tom Flynn, Program manager at Owl Brook. "The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is here to inspire young people to become involved in the outdoors. These free, skill-based summer workshops are a fun way to help them discover what it's all about."