MDC plans archery instructor training class

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Teachers interested in becoming archery instructors at their schools will have an opportunity to receive training in April.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) basic archery instructor training class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 10 at the O'Reilly-Tefft Gym in Springfield. The Springfield-Greene County Park Board facility is located at 1408 E. Pythian St.

These free training classes are meant for teachers who are interested in incorporating MoNASP instruction into their school's curriculum. Teachers must attend the training to receive instructor certification. Basic archery instructor training is required for schools to participate in the MoNASP and to qualify for related grant money. MoNASP programs must be a part of a school's curriculum for at least two weeks to qualify that school for regional, state, national and international NASP competitions.

MoNASP is the Missouri branch of NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program), a national program that uses archery to boost students' physical dexterity and self-confidence. 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 April 10 class, individuals can go to If you have questions, contact MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Greg Collier at or 417-895-6881, ext. 1644. Information about MoNASP events and other MDC education programs can be found at