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 is offered nationwide through state wildlife agencies. Educators can receive the complete Explore Bowhunting curriculum packet by attending a development workshop. Contact your state wildlife agency to locate and register for an Explore Bowhunting workshop near you.
For more information about Explore Bowhunting, contact Josh Gold, ATA's education programs manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awards and Recognition
This project was funded, in part, by the Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MN M3E), a program supported by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
New! Explora Caza Con Arco
In 2017, the ATA launched "Explora Caza Con Arco," the Spanish version of the ATA’s popular “Explore Bowhunting” program. Explora Caza Con Arco includes translated how-to resources like those provided in Explore Bowhunting. These resources give Spanish-speaking communities the tools to use public lands and start bowhunting. The ATA offers the program for free to state wildlife agencies, federal-government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. Click here to read the official press release.
To learn more about Explora Caza Con Arco and how to implement it in your state, contact Josh Gold, ATA's education programs manager, at email@example.com.
Awards and Recognition
Explora Caza Con Arco was funded by the Multistate Conservation Grant Program (Grant Award F16AP00108), a program supported with funds from the Wildlife Restoration Program and jointly managed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Explore Bowfishing program launched October 2016 at the Aquatic Resources Education Association Conference in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The exciting and challenging Explore Bowfishing curriculum gets kids outside and shooting archery in a fun, new way. This conservation program raises awareness about invasive and non-native fish species, and explains how the public can participate in bowfishing to help manage fish populations. Explore Bowfishing can help increase demand for archery equipment beyond typical bowhunting seasons. Like Explore Bowhunting, Explore Bowfishing will be offered nationwide through state wildlife agencies. Learn more about the program here.
Instructor How-to Videos
The ATA's five training videos ensure archery-shop owners and community members can better implement Explore Bowhunting and hone their teaching skills.
You Can't Get Any Closer Than That
Glassing for Game
Archery Challenge Course