The sport of archery is alive and well in Union County and there’s no time like the present to enjoy the Union County Archery Range at Oak Ridge Park in Clark. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces that archery safety classes are available for people who would like to learn the basics of archery.
“Archery is a popular recreational activity that has been underserved in our area,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Freeholder Board is thrilled to see the public interest in the archery range and happy to offer beginners ages nine years and older an affordable lesson that includes archery safety, basic skills, proper equipment use and technique.”
Each archery course is two hours long and consists of a safety training session followed by hands-on instruction at the range. The fee is $20 per person, which is due at registration. There will be a minimum of eight and a maximum of 24 participants per class.
Archery equipment is provided by the County of Union. The lessons are taught by a trained and certified USA Archery Instructor and/or a trained and certified 4-H National Archery Instructor.
Group archery lessons are scheduled at the following times:
Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m.;
Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m.;
Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m.;
Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, June 13, at 6 p.m.;
Sunday, June 24, at 10 a.m.;
Sunday, July 15, at 10 a.m.;
Sunday, August 5, at 10 a.m.;
Wednesday, August 15, at 6 p.m.;
Sunday, August 26, at 10 a.m.;
Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m.;
Sunday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m.;
Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m.;
Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.
After successful completion of the lesson and a safety questionnaire, participants are qualified to purchase a Union County Archery Range ID card that permits them to use Union County’s Archery Range. The range is open daily, dawn to dusk.
Anyone who has already completed an accredited archery safety course can call 908-527-4900 or 908-654-9805 for information about purchasing a Union County Archery Range ID Card.
The fee for the ID card is $20 for adult Union County residents and $10 for youths and seniors. The Union County fee also applies to residents of Edison. The ID card fee for all other out-of-county residents is $30 for adults and $15 for youths and seniors.
Archery safety class space is limited, so reservations are required. Anyone interested in learning the safe use of a bow and arrow should call the reservation desk at the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal at 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield). Registration for an archery safety class is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the Union County Archery Range, visit our web site at: www.ucnj.org/archery
Private family and small group lessons for eight or fewer people also are available. The fee is $25 per person and will be scheduled at mutually agreeable times. Please call 908-654-9854 to schedule a private small group lesson.