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The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a joint venture between state Departments of Education and Wildlife. Several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations are also partners. The program promotes student education and participation in the life long sport of Archery. The program's focus is to provide International style target archery training in physical education classes, for grades 4-12.

National Archery in the Schools Program

Department of Natural Resources Objective:
Declining participation in the shooting sports threatens financial and public support for wildlife conservation. Since its inception in 2002, more than 4 million students in over 5,000 schools located in 49 states and 5 countries have participated in the NASP. We expect many of these young people to make Archery a life sport.
Department of Education Objective:
Engage more students in the educational process to improve classroom performance and reduce dropout rates. The national school dropout rate is 10%. Most students (88%) who drop out of school indicate they were not involved in extra-curricular activities. Archery taught by the NASP is accessible to all students of nearly all age groups. Educators are reporting that the NASP "engages the unengaged" and inspires students to greater achievement in school.

Development History:
The overall NASP program began in Kentucky in 2002 with the training of 39 educators and 22 middle school pilot projects. At the conclusion of their 2-week target archery class, 1,600 students were surveyed (55% boys and 45% girls). Survey results are as follows:

Before the Class:
72% did not own a bow & 62% had never shot a bow before

After the Class:
89% enjoyed the archery class
45% wanted to own archery equipment
59% wanted to become target archers
38% wanted to try bowhunting

To see what kids are saying about the National Archery in the Schools Program, please view the comprehensive study conducted by Responsive Management, a nationally recognized research firm.

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NASP and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources:
The National Archery in the Schools Program in Iowa is coordinated through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Currently, there are nearly 200 Iowa schools participating in the program. The Iowa DNR provides NASP Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training throughout the state to teachers and archery program organizers. BAI training is provided at no cost to teachers conducting NASP programs as part of a 2 week in-school course. To start a NASP program in your school, to schedule or sign up for training  or for questions on NASP in Iowa, contact Donise Petersen, Shooting Sports Outreach Coordinator for the Iowa DNR at 515-205-8709 or at


Iowa NASP Afterschool Program:
Currently, we have over 30 Iowa schools participating in the archery in the schools afterschool league program.  No different than any other sport, these archers are traveling to other Iowa schools and competing in archery. Many schools attend the State Tournament in Des Moines and advance to Nationals in Kentucky and on to Worlds.

For more information on our afterschool league program and to obtain a copy of our league rules view the NASP Events & Results page.

For more information on how to start NASP in your school, gain archery training, grant opportunities and our checkout program view the Coach & Program Resources page.



Iowa Olympic Archers

Iowa's long tradition with archery was lead by Doreen WIlber of Jefferson, Iowa.  At 42, Doreen won the women's individual Olympic Gold Medal in Archery in 1972.  In addition, she won numerous medals as an individual and on the US team in the Outdoor World Championships. 

Congratulations to Iowa's own Miranda Leek on making the 2014 Senior United States Archery Team!  Leek, of West Des Moines, is the current women's recurve National Indoor and Outdoor Champion. 

 Miranda displaying her medals at the 2013 National Target Championships & US Open.

Otley, Iowa native Bridger Deaton is a member of the men's compound archery team for the 2014 Senior United States Archery Team.  His team placed silver in Wuix, China at the 2013 World Archery Youth Championships.

Bridger proudly representing the United States!

Matt Stutzman of Fairfield, IA, won silver in the men's compound open group at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.  Stutzman looks to join the 2014 United States Archery Team, which will be announced December 31st!

Matt Stutzman during the men's archery individual compound during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
(Paul Cunningham- US PRESSWIRE)


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