OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Girls Scouts, zombies and “Hunger Games” enthusiasts are invited to learn how to use a bow and arrow at Marsh View Park this spring.
“We’ve got a lot of really cool archery programs all spring and summer,” Oakland Township Recreation Manager Becky McLogan said. Drop-in sessions and lessons are also available. “We’ve expanded our programs. We have a new extended range and a new parking lot. Some new ideas to get folks out to the range.”
Marsh View Park is located on the northwest corner of Adams and Clarkston roads.
Archery programs will be available for National Girl Scout Leader Day, free for Scouts, 4-5:30 p.m. April 22. “Show your appreciation to your leader; take her out to shoot,” McLogan said. “All equipment is provided, and a certified instructor will be there. They can make it a special day for their leader and bring refreshments. It is not the seriousness of earning a badge — more of a ‘take your leader out’ event. If (they) want to earn a badge, there is that opportunity as well.”
At an upcoming “zombie shoot,” people can create a zombie head and use it as a target at 4 p.m. April 29.
“We will have target faces that are zombies too,” McLogan said. “Instructors make a game out of it and teach about archery at the same time.” The event costs $20 for the two-hour program. Discounts are available for Oakland Township residents.
A “Hunger Games” shoot will teach survival skills along with archery instruction at 4 p.m. May 13. Attendees will make rope from plant fibers and learn six survival knots while finding out about wild edibles, useful plants, plants to avoid and how to identify animal tracks. A certified instructor will teach people how to execute a perfect archery shot to harvest an animal humanely. The event costs $20 for the two-hour program, and discounts are available for township residents.
The Marsh View Park archery range offers free open-range shoots noon-4 p.m. Saturdays beginning April 22.
Ranges have been expanded to 70 meters, offering a wide variety of programs, including recreational and competitive leagues, school teams, special events and more.
Classes at all levels of instruction are also available. All archery programs are open to people ages 8 and older.
Marsh View Park also features an expanded parking lot and an observation area.
“You can walk to a range on a limestone pathway to the observation deck,” McLogan said. “An audio sign tells the history of the park, what kinds of critters and birds are there, and what a marsh is. It is a beautiful setting.”
Last summer, the park’s archery range and parking lot were expanded.
“The archery range is now twice as large, quite substantial,” Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Director Mindy Milos-Dale said. “And the parking lot has an overlook of the entire park. Parents can sit in their cars and overlook the archery field.”
For more information about Marsh View Park and complete archery program information, visit www.oaklandtownship.org or call (248) 651-7810.