Summer Youth Programs at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center

HOLDERNESS, N.H. — Free youth day programs will be taking place this summer at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. These programs give youth (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 at Owl Brook, which is operated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

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. Register online at

There is no charge for the sessions.

Day programs will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, unless otherwise noted, beginning July 10 and ending August 10. Tuesdays will be for youth ages 10-12, and Thursdays will be for youth ages 13-15.

Another popular offering is the Hunter/Bowhunter Education Certification week that will take place August 7-10, during which students have the opportunity to earn their Hunter Education/Bowhunter Education certification. Youth ages 12-15 who attend and meet all requirements will receive their Hunter Education/Bowhunter Education Certification card.

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

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. Please download required forms and return to the Owl Brook Hunter Education center prior to attending. Forms are available on the event registration page.

Week 1:­ (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Bowhunting/Archery skills
Tuesday, July 10 (ages 10-12)
Thursday, July 12 (ages 13-15)

Week 2: (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Shooting Sports
Tuesday, July 17 (ages 10-12)
Thursday July 19 – (ages 13-15)

Week 3: (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Outdoor Skills
Tuesday, July 24 (ages 10-12)
Thursday, July 26 (ages 13-15)

Week 4: (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Exploring the Outdoors
Tuesday, July 31 (ages 10-12)
Thursday, August 2 (ages 13-15)

Week 5: (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Hunter/Bowhunter Education Certification Week* (Ages 12-15)
*Must attend all days listed and be 12 years old on or before August 10.
Tuesday, August 7
Wednesday, August 8
Thursday, August 9
Friday, August 10

Register for Hunter/Bowhunter Education Certification Week at:

“The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is here to inspire young people to become involved in the outdoors,” said Tom Flynn, Program manager at Owl Brook. “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. 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.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit