The FYCCN has partnered with the Archery Trade Association to bring the Explore Bowhunting Program to Florida. Interested partners should contact the FYCCN archery coordinator at Joshua.gold@myfwc.com or 850-510-7205. Explore Bowhunting is an educational program designed to help instructors, program leaders and educators teach students ages 11-17 the basic skills of bowhunting. The Archery Trade Association has created this program to spark an interest and passion for bowhunting in today’s youth. Through these hands-on experiences students gain confidence interacting with the natural environment and strengthen their appreciation for wildlife and the woods.

Who Can Use Explore Bowhunting?

  • Schools – both in-school and after-school programs.
  • City and county recreation programs.
  • Nature and outdoor education centers.
  • Community-based programs such as Scouts, 4-H and summer camps.
  • Events, festivals and fairs with an outdoor, hunting or conservation theme.
  • Anyone interested in teaching youth how to get close to wildlife, bowhunt, photograph and/or enjoy wildlife.

Explore Bowhunting in Florida

Explore Bowhunting gives students the knowledge and skills to become active participants in the outdoors and conservation through archery and bowhunting. The program was designed to help educators provide empowerment opportunities for young people so they can take an active role in conserving and managing resources as stewards of Florida’s natural environment.

Throughout the program students will develop and put into practice valuable life skills that extend beyond the classroom into the “real world” – wildlife management, ethical hunting methods, conservation models and basic archery skills. The curriculum promotes physical fitness, confidence, and social well-being thanks to hands-on experiences and outdoor interaction.

In an increasingly connected and mobile world, the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network strives to ensure that the conservation and hunting heritage of Florida will be passed on to future generations. Explore Bowhunting is a great tool to provide the necessary information for youth to make informed decisions. People of all ages conserve what they value and value what they understand.

Through the program students will gain the confidence to ethically engage the natural world, be it as hunters, recreational shooters, wildlife viewers or as voters who are outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts.

For more information please visit: http://www.archerytrade.org/grow-archery/explore-bowhunting