Summer Youth Programs at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center

HOLDERNESS, N.H. — Free youth day programs are being offered once again this summer at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. These programs give both boys and girls ages 10-15 the chance to learn about shooting sports, bowhunting and other outdoor skills. Sessions will be offered in July and August. Owl Brook is operated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Sessions are free of charge.

Pre-registration is required and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited — enrollment is limited to 20 youth per day — so please register early. Registration opens April 1.

This year, all registration for the summer youth programs will be completed online. To sign up, once registration opens, visit Under “View Classes at Owl Brook,” select “Youth Hunting Skills” and select the program/dates you are interested in attending.

A popular week during the summer youth activities is the Hunter/Bowhunter Education Certification week that will take place July 25-28. Youth age 12-15 who attend and meet all requirements will receive their Hunter Education/Bowhunter Education Certification card. To sign up for that week, visit Under “View Classes at Owl Brook,” select Youth Hunter Education Certification Week, Ages 12-15.

You can also reach the sign-up page by visiting and selecting the Owl Brook logo.

Watch a three-minute video about the youth day programs at Owl Brook at

In general, the Owl Brook summer day programs will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, unless otherwise noted, beginning July 11 and ending August 10. Tuesdays will be for youth age 10-12 and Thursdays will be for youth age 13-15.

Participants may register for one or more sessions, which are held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the dates listed below. Bring your own bag lunch.

Week 1:­ (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Bowhunting/Archery skills
Tuesday, July 11 – (10-12 year olds)
Thursday, July 13 – (13-15 year olds)

Week 2: (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Shooting Sports
Tuesday, July 18 – (10-12 year olds)
Thursday, July 20 – (13-15 year olds)

Week 3: (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Hunter/Bowhunter Education Certification Week*
*Must attend all days listed and be 12 years old on or before July 28.
Tuesday, July 25 – (12-15 year olds)
Wednesday, July 26 – (12-15 year olds)
Thursday, July 27 – (12-15 year olds)
Friday, July 28 – (12-15 year olds)

Week 4: (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Outdoor Skills
Tuesday, August 1- (10-12 year olds)
Thursday, August 3 – (13-15 year olds)

Week 5: (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Exploring the Outdoors
Tuesday, August 8 – (10-12 year olds)
Thursday, August 10 – (13-15 year olds)

“New Hampshire is still a relatively rural state, but fewer youth are taking advantage of outdoor opportunities,” said Tom Flynn, Program manager at Owl Brook. “The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is here to inspire young people to become involved in the outdoors. These free, skill-based summer workshops are a fun way to help them discover what it’s all about.”

The mission of the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is to educate individuals in the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to become safe and responsible hunters, trappers and stewards of the state’s natural resources. Its facilities include shooting ranges, classroom space and interpretive trails. To learn more about Owl Brook, please visit

Activities at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center are made possible by Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration funds.