Our First “Creating Pathways To Nature Event”: Archery

Earlier this week, we kicked-off our first “Creating Pathways to Nature” event as part of a collaboration with the Milton R Owen Nature Center. The Foundation for the Enhancement of Mitchell County (FEMC) is generously funding all seven events we are offering for mentors and their mentees and nature packs ($100 value) that each mentee who attends three events is eligible to receive.

Our first event took place at the Nature Center. Mitchell County Naturalist Chelsea Ewen provided us with a lesson in archery. Not only does she teach archery at the Nature Center, but through Osage Public Schools as part of gym class.

archery photos Lesson Group

After she taught us essential archery safety guidelines, we all got to try using the bow and arrows.

Archery Sue and mentee

Our mentees demonstrated impressive effort and skills. The mentors also gave archery a try and both hit some bullseyes. We also enjoyed dinner together. The Nature Center is equipped with a full kitchen in which we prepared a baked potato dinner complete with all of the toppings.

Potato Bar edited

We invite our mentors to take their mentees back to the Nature Center on Saturday, January 31st between 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for Winter Survival Day Camp. Don’t worry! We won’t be stuck outside all day. There will be plenty of opportunities to warm up with hot chocolate inside the Nature Center between activities like ice skating, cross country skiing and igloo-building. Plus, we’ll also serve lunch. RSVP to Lacey at lwaller@nicao-online.org.

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