If you didn’t already know, you can take part in a pretty unique activity at Eco Adventure. During an Archery 101 workshop, students spent time outdoors to test their skills with a bow and arrow.
Justin Hites, head of environmental education at Eco Adventure, was impressed with the attendance rate for the archery workshop, saying few students came to the last. Hites went right into instruction by teaching students some basics, such as how to properly place the arrow on the bow and various shooting techniques (the trick is to aim lower on the target).
After a few laps of practice, the workshop switched to a tournament-style game with the goal of shooting the arrow closer to a central target on each try. Several rounds went by and Hannah Miners, a second year major in Spanish International Studies, was crowned the winner.
Having previously lived in Illinois, she has a few years of archery experience under her belt from her practice in the country. As a child, Miners would set up a target in his backyard and shoot.
Winning or not, this activity was like a summer camp. Justin Hites, Environmental Education Guardian at Eco Adventure, says he teaches archery to children who come to Eco Adventure camps. They sometimes even venture into the woods to find the lost arrows of the old workshops. If an arrow flew out of sight, Hites assured a child would find it this summer during camp.
This activity brought together students who were finally looking to pursue this dream of being an archer after seeing Courageous once. If you don’t remember it, it was still a way to get out and have some fun.
Minors love the sport itself and as a way to stay involved on campus.
âI like to be as involved as possible in the activities of the UNF,â says Miners. “I invited the students from the English program just for international students to try something new.”
Whether you are a beginner or Katniss Everdeen, this Eco Adventure workshop is available for ospreys who want to stay on target with their archery skills.
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