MDC offers free basic archery Instructor training for teachers Sept. 20 in Kirkwood

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KIRKWOOD, Mo.—Teachers, if there was an activity that could help your students keep focus, improve their grades, and boost their self-esteem, would you say “bullseye!”?

Archery has been proven to do just that for students who participate in the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP). 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a MoNASP basic archery instructor training class for teachers from 8a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the east gym of Kirkwood Community Center, 111 South Geyer Road.

This is a free training class and is meant for teachers who are interested in incorporating MoNASP instruction into their school’s curriculum. Teachers must attend the entire training session to receive the Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) Certification.  BAI training is required for schools to participate in MoNASP and to qualify for related grant money. MoNASP is taught as a two-week unit during the school day and makes the school eligible to compete in National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournaments on a local, state, national and international level.  Schools must qualify for the NASP competitions.

MoNASP is the Missouri branch of the NASP, which provides the BAI Certification.  NASP is a national program that teaches International style target archery to students in grades 4-12.

Statistics show school archery programs improve school attendance, increase participants self-esteem and physical activity, helps kids relate to learning subject matter and gets them outdoors to discover nature. Participants also learn an activity they can enjoy for the rest of their lives in the form of recreational target shooting or bow hunting.

To register for the workshop, visit For more information, contact MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Dennis Cooke at, or call 314-301-1500 ext. 4218.  Registration deadline is Sept. 15.

For more information about MoNASP, visit