Ira Township offers Nature Heroes, archery programs – The Voice

Several programs for children are coming to the canton of Ira.

Nature Heroes of Ira Township, an eight-week program, will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays from June 24 to August 12. The program is open to children ages 5-8 and meets at the Municipal Park Pavilion in Ira Township.

“Nature Heroes is an annual program at Ira Parks and Trails,” said Ira Township Director of Recreation Cindy Babisz. “This is our third year. …Environmental Educator Amber Trombley and Program Assistant and Taxidermist Reid Hiltunen share their love of the outdoors, wildlife and nature with children. We know the health benefits of time spent outdoors.

Babisz said that the subjects of the program begin to be planned in the spring and the start date of the program is determined by the end dates of the school year.

In 2020, the program saw 28 children, and in 2021 there were 42. This year, enrollment is capped at 35.

The cost of the program is $30 per child, with $15 for additional siblings. Pre-registration is required. Parents will have to complete a registration file, which is available at the offices of the canton of Ira.

Nature Heroes sponsors include Grosso Trucking, Bucks Dixie Diner, A&J Painting and Renovations, Belle River Mini Storage and Made by Lex Co.

Introduction to archery

Children ages 7 to 13 can participate in Ira Township’s Intro to Archery program, which will take place at 12:30 p.m. on four Fridays starting June 24.

Trombley, who is an outdoor educator and USA Archery Level 2 Certified Archery Instructor, will provide an introduction to competitive archery with beginner skills for traditional archery or archery. pulleys.

The canton of Ira will offer archery courses throughout the summer. (Courtesy of Ira Township Parks and Recreation/Facebook)

“We became interested in a formal archery program and instruction through our membership in the mParks archery discussion group,” Babisz said. “They are working with USA Explore Archery statewide to expand instruction to all ages.”

Babisz said the recreation department was made aware of the grant opportunities early on. Officials missed the grant for an indoor facility, but received a grant for $4,000 worth of equipment in October 2021.

Shipping delays affected the delivery of equipment, but the township eventually received everything and began training on May 26.

“Our first class was well received,” Babisz said. “A variety of ages participated, including a parent and a child. We hope to expand participation by continuing sessions throughout the summer and into the fall. Interested individuals and families can contact the Ira Parks and Recreation Commission for the current class schedule.

Class schedules will also be posted on or

The cost of the program is $60 per child. Pre-registration is required. Parents will have to complete a registration file, which is available at the offices of the canton of Ira.

Sponsors of the archery program include PTM Corporation Inc. and Grosso Trucking.

Pavilion rental

Ira Township Parks and Recreation also allows rental of the large Township Park Pavilion. The pavilion can be used to host birthday parties, family reunions, picnic gatherings and more.

When a family or group rents the lodge, they will display their reserved sign at the lodge. They will have private use of it for the day. The park will remain open to the public. If the pavilion has not been reserved for private use, it will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis.

Rental fees are $50 for residents and $100 for non-residents. Interested parties may complete a rental application and sign a Park Use Agreement upon registration at the Ira Township offices.

The Ira Township offices, located at 7085 Meldrum Road, are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but are closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. For more information, contact Babisz at 586-339-3962 or [email protected]

Earnest A. Martinez