Archery in the Schools Program and Equipment Grants

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Archery in the Schools is a partnership to promote the physical education curriculum entitled "On Target for Life." As part of a national effort, Archery in the Schools is a collaborative undertaking between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and local schools to establish two-week archery units in Minnesota schools.

The Olympic-style target archery program has a core content that covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement. Before teaching the course, instructors must undergo the National Archery Association Level 1 archery training program and be certified instructors.

Students shoot bulls-eye targets placed in front of an arrow resistant net in their school gymnasium. Equipment is state of the art, designed for safety, and fits everyone.

The Minnesota DNR Archery in the Schools program introduces Minnesota students to archery by providing schools with the best equipment, training, and curriculum available at the lowest possible price. It is part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) (

How it works
Teachers receive training and their school participates in an archery education program designed by NASP. Schools use either existing archery equipment or purchase new archery equipment packages at a discounted price. Financial assistance for equipment packages may be available from the DNR or other organizations.

Equipment package

  • 10 Right handed and 2 left handed Genesis Bows
  • 5 Block FITA bulls eye targets (36 inch)
  • 10 Dozen full-length aluminum arrows
  • 1 safety backstop net
  • 1 equipment repair package
  • The equipment's retail value is nearly $5,000, but is available to participating schools and non-profits for $3,100, shipping included. Download an order form at

    Archery standards-based unit of study guides at

    Financial assistance
    The DNR will periodically provide financial assistance to schools or non-profit organizations providing equipment to schools through a competitive grant program. Schools will be required to provide $1,600, and the DNR will fund the rest.

    If grant requests exceed available funds, a committee of state archery interests chaired by the DNR Archery in the Schools project coordinator will award grants on a competitive basis. Priorities for the committee will include:

  • Maximizing the number of youth that have access to the equipment and training (i.e., multiple schools in a district share equipment, multiple teachers are certified instructors and provide additional classes, an existing extra-curricular program will utilize the program.)
  • Commitment to after-school programs (i.e., establishment of a school archery club).
  • Innovation in the delivery of archery programs.
  • Increased local financial contribution.
  • Partnerships with local archery retailers and clubs.
  • Geographical distribution and balance of grants
  • Annual Grant Deadline is April 1st

    For more information, contact:
    Kraig Kiger
    Minnesota DNR Shooting Sports Programs
    1201 Hwy 2 East
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    tel. 218-999-7949
    fax. 218-327-4263

    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
    Topic Areas: 
    Outdoor Recreation
    Target Audience: 
    Grades Pre K-12
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
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    Contact(s) or order information.: 

    Kraig Kiger
    Minnesota DNR Shooting Sports Programs
    1201 Hwy 2 East
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    tel. 218-999-7949
    fax. 218-327-4263