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Cast ‘N Blast brings kids closer to nature

Shooting sports, fishing and a barbecue offered through CPW

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Kayden Grinolds, 9, tries to catch a frog at Colorado Parks and Wildlife's annual Cast 'N Blast at the Wyman Living History Museum Saturday.

Shooting sports, fishing and catching frogs kept children busy Saturday at the Wyman Living History Museum.

Nearly 70 kids gathered for Colorado Parks and Wildlife's annual Cast 'N Blast where CPW officers teach participants how to fish, shoot an arrow and be one with nature.

"They offer great activities that you normally wouldn't participate in, like archery," said Regina Grinolds, who attended the event with her children and husband. "We ate, we went fishing. The only luck we had was catching a frog."

CPW partnered with a number of organizations that donated food and cooked hot dogs and hamburgers.

"It was great, and we had some fun kids go through here," said CPW officer Mike Swaro. "They were fishing and shooting bows and arrows. We had a wide variety of stuff."

Swaro highlighted that the activities are fun, but they have a deeper meaning.

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"The main goal is to get people interested in fishing and shooting sports," he said.

Two years ago, the Wyman Museum opened an archery range with targets and fake animals.

The archery range was funded by the museum and CPW, giving children a place to practice shooting sports. During regular business hours, children can use the range for free.

The archery also added extra fun to the Cast 'N Blast that was open to the public.

"The kids being out here is the best part for me, for sure," Swaro said.

The Wyman museum has a large pond for fishing, and it's largely occupied by frogs. Children off all ages grabbed nets and fishing poles for their chance to catch an amphibious creature.

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