through the school systems.
The number of teachers
trained in Colorado had a 106
percent increase this year!
If CPW¡¯s 295 schools are
teaching about 120 kids ar-
chery each year (this average
is based on reporting by teach-
ers), then at least 35,000 kids
are shooting archery in school
thanks to CPW staff.
State Tournament Partici-
As a result of these efforts, ar-
cher participation in the annual
statewide virtual tournament is
growing each year. The annual
Colorado NASP Virtual State
Tournament gives every Colo-
rado student who participates
in the archery in the schools
program a chance to compete
Nature & Wildlife
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
* April 22, 23 - Lyrids Meteor Shower,
average shower produces about 20 meteors/
hour at its peak, runs annually from April 16-
25, peaks this year on the night of the 22nd
and morning Apr 23, can sometimes produce
bright dust trails that last for several seconds,
the moon sets shortly after midnight leaving
dark skies for the what could be a good show.
Best viewing will be from a dark location
after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the
constellation Lyra but can appear anywhere in
* April 29 - Mercury at Greatest Western
Elongation, This is the best time to view Mer-
cury, it will be at its highest point above the
horizon, look for the planet low in the eastern
sky just before sunrise.
* April 30 - Full Moon, occurs at 00:58 UTC.
This full moon was known by early Native
American tribes as the Full Pink Moon because
it marked the appearance of the moss pink,
or wild ground phlox, one of the first spring
flowers, has also been known as the Sprout-
ing Grass Moon, the Growing Moon, and the
Egg Moon, coastal tribes called it the Full Fish
Moon because this was the time that the shad
swam upstream to spawn.
* May 6, 7 - Eta Aquarids, above average
shower, produces up to 60 meteors/hour at its
peak in the Southern Hemisphere, 30 mete-
ors/hour in the Northern Hemisphere, runs
annually from April 19-May 28, peaks this
year on the night of May 6 and the morning
May 7. Best viewing will be from a dark loca-
tion after midnight. Meteors will radiate from
the constellation Aquarius but can appear
anywhere in the sky.
* May 29 - Full Moon, occurs at 14:19 UTC.
This full moon was known by early Native
American tribes as the Full Flower Moon be-
cause this was the time of year when spring
flowers appeared in abundance, has also been
known as the Full Corn Planting Moon and the
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife¡¯s
¡®Colorado Archery in the School Program¡¯
wraps up most successful year yet
DENVER: Colorado Archery in the Schools, an
affiliate of the National Archery in the Schools
Program, had its most successful year to date
this past year, teaching Olympic-style archery to
students in elementary, middle and high school
all over Colorado. The program has expanded its
reach to include archery programs in 295 schools,
and has been able to increase grant funding,
training opportunities and participation in the an-
nual statewide tournament as well.
¡°Participants in this program are getting trained
on a lifelong skill while also having fun and meet-
ing Colorado¡¯s Physical Education Standards, in a
free extracurricular program,¡± said Statewide Edu-
cation Coordinator Tabbi Kinion. ¡°Everybody wins.
Especially the students.¡±
Colorado Parks and Wildlife¡¯s CAS program intro-
duces kids to archery by offering equipment grant
funds, new program grant opportunities to start
new programs, as well as maintenance grants for
schools currently in the program.
For the 2017-2018 school year, CPW was able to
$42,800 in equipment grant funds
23 maintenance grants to keep school programs
17 new program grants to start archery pro-
grams in schools
Last year, 126 teachers were trained as basic ar-
chery instructors by CPW staff. Teachers love the
program and the increased engagement they see
¡°CASP has been a wonderful addition to my cur-
riculum and the students love having the oppor-
tunity to shoot a real compound bow in class,¡±
said Hector Vega, a physical education teacher at
Aragon Elementary in Colorado Springs. ¡°I select
4th and 5th graders to be on my archery team
and we have intense practice sessions leading up
to the annual virtual tournament.¡±
Word about the program has been spreading
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Learning Life Long Skills
overwhelming support to a bill that would provide
long-term funding to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
First, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously
passed, 5-0, the Hunting, Fishing and Parks for
Future Generations Act (Senate Bill 18-143) on
Then, on Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations
Committee endorsed the bill and forwarded it to
the full Senate for consideration on a 6-1 vote.
The bill¡¯s progress contrasts to last session when a
similar funding bill died in a Senate committee.
This year, senators are crediting CPW for con-
ducting exhaustive statewide public outreach and
using the feedback to resubmit an improved pro-
posal that lays out specific ways money would be
used, such as fixing deteriorating dams, recruiting
new hunters, expanding conservation efforts and
looking for ways to increase outdoor recreation
opportunities for all Coloradans.
By 2025, CPW forecasts budget shortfalls of $30
million annually for wildlife and $11 million annu-
ally for parks. Unless able to address this funding
shortfall, the agency¡¯s work on habitat conserva-
tion, state park operations and wildlife manage-
ment face a tough future.
with archers across the state right in their
home gym. The tournament started in 2015
with 6 schools and 77 archers has grown to
include 17 schools and 369 archers.
The 2018 online tournament was held Jan.
16 - Feb. 9 in schools across Colorado.
Students who qualified during the Colorado
state tournament are invited to participate in
the NASP Western Nationals Tournament in
Sandy, Utah on April 13 and 14. First place
teams in each division (elementary, middle,
and high school), as well as the top 10 male
and top 10 female individual archers from
each division, qualify for Nationals.
Program information as well as the tourna-
ment rules and guidelines can be found on
the Colorado Archery in the Schools site.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is proud to sup-
port students learning life-long archery skills
as part of physical education classes.
Funding Bill Moves Forward
Bill addressing CPW¡¯s financial
sustainability passes committee, 6-1
DENVER, March 7: For the second time in
three weeks, a Senate committee has given