For the Kids: fishing, archery and shooting


LOVELAND, Colo. – For the outdoor-minded, Colorado offers a bewildering array of hunting and fishing opportunities. But unless a family member already hunts or fishes, learning the skills need to be a hunter or angler can be a real challenge.

To help get families on the right path, Colorado Youth Outdoors is once again offering its Outdoor Recreation Program, a 12-week, hands-on curriculum of fishing, archery and shooting skills designed for students in the 8th grade or higher.

The CYO Outdoor Recreation Program meets weekly on Wednesday evenings and introduces families to archery, fly-fishing, fly-tying, spin-casting and trap shooting. While some elements of the program are conducted in a classroom setting, most activities are held outside.

This year, CYO is expanding its Fort Collins program to Colorado Springs. Fort Collins activities are held at Fossil Ridge High School and Swift Ponds. Colorado Springs Activities are held at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Service Center and other local facilities. Classes start Feb. 12 in Colorado Springs and February 26th in Fort Collins.

On completion of the 12-week program, participants are eligible to sign up for  variety of fishing and hunting activities in CYO’s Adventure Series.

To participate in the Outdoor Recreation Program, students must be in 8th grade or higher and be accompanied by a parent, guardian or mentor. Cost is $25 per participant, though scholarships are available.

Founded in 2001, Colorado Youth Outdoors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building healthy relationships between kids and their parents through traditional outdoor recreation. From its roots as a small, local after-school program, CYO has grown to become a regional outdoor educational program that has developed the Swift Ponds facility into a multi-use recreation magnet serving multiple communities across Northern Colorado.

To register, please visit coloradoyo. Space is limited.

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Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast. 

Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to get outside, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.

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2 Replies to “For the Kids: fishing, archery and shooting”

  1. When I saw the CYO I was confused, I belonged to the CYO when I was a kid, was not the same thing.
    It was “The Catholic Youth Organization”. But I got it straight now, not the same thing, LOL

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