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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) is committed to partnering with schools across the state through the West Virginia’s Archery in Schools Program.

Through this program, physical education students will be given an opportunity to become involved in a life skill that has no barriers. Archery, unlike many sporting activities, is something in which boys and girls of all sizes can easily become involved, whether they are in school or out. With the strong interest in bowhunting and competitive shooting in West Virginia, there are unlimited opportunities for students to participate in this activity outside the classroom and throughout their lifetime.

For additional information on this program, or to attend one of the scheduled upcoming training courses, please contact Kayla Donathan at (304) 558-2771 or via email at Kayla.M.Donathan@wv.gov

Training Information

Schools interested in participating in the WV Archery in the Schools Program are required to receive the NASP® approved Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) certification offered by the WVDNR. Courses are scheduled throughout the year at various locations around the state. Classes last 8-hours (1 day) and are free to attend. Participants are responsible for their own travel and meals. 

Schools interested in participating in the WV Archery in the Schools Program are required to receive the NASP® approved Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) certification offered by the WVDNR. Courses are scheduled throughout the year at various locations around the state. Classes last 8-hours (1 day) and are free to attend. Participants are responsible for their own travel and meals. 

Upcoming Trainings 

To register or view a list of upcoming trainings, click here or contact Lt. Ed Goodson at 304-558-2784 or via email at Warren.E.Goodson@wv.gov

To be notified via email as trainings are added, please register at here.

Schools can host a training by ensuring an adequately-sized facility for three days and free of charge and pre-registering at least 12 participants. To learn more about hosting a training, please contact Lt. Ed Goodson.

Qualifying Tournament Information

Details regarding the 2022 Archery in the Schools Qualifying Tournament will be posted this fall.

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Schools that teach NASP® archery (WV Archery in the Schools) as part of the in-school curriculum and qualify through the State Qualifying Tournament are invited to compete in the State Tournament.

Teams: Schools qualifying as a team must send a minimum of 12 shooters of which 4 must be the opposite gender. Teams may have no more than 24 shooters. Only one team per school will be permitted.

Individuals: The top 20 shooters male/female per division (who are not already on a qualifying team) from the State Qualifying Tournament will be eligible to participate in the State Tournament.

Shooting Divisions for teams and individuals are:

Elementary School: 4th – 5th grade
Middle School: 6th – 8th grade
High School: 9th – 12th grade

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