MDC hosts MoNASP teacher training workshop in Osage County

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LOOSE CREEK, Mo.-Teachers can help their students learn responsibility and focus like never before -- all by participating in the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). MDC will be holding a training workshop for teachers interested in joining MoNASP from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 16, at the Immaculate Conception School gym located at 147 County Road 402 in Loose Creek. The session is free, but registration is required by Oct. 9.

The certification course is for teachers and school administrators who would like to start a MoNASP program in their school. Participants must score 80% or better on a 100-question certification exam that will be given at the end of the workshop.

"Nearly everyone -- regardless of age, size, or physical ability -- can succeed in archery," said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Brian Flowers. "Statistics show school archery programs improve school attendance, increase participants self-esteem, physical activity, help kids relate to the learning subject matter, and gets kids outdoors to discover nature."

MoNASP is modeled on the National Archery in the Schools Program, which began with a simple idea; teach kids the basics of archery as part of a school curriculum. MoNASP teaches International-style target archery to students in grades 4-12. Currently, more than 500 Missouri schools and more than 135,000 students participate in this lifetime sport.

To register for the workshop, visit For more information, contact Flowers at or 573-815-7901, ext. 3388.

For more information about MoNASP, visit