Sibley State Park offers archery program for beginners
NEW LONDON -- One of the newest outdoor activities being taught at Minnesota state parks is archery.
Last year, Sibley State Park in New London began offering an "Archery in the Park" program, a 90-minute session for people with little to no experience with archery. More than 800 people took the class last year, and it's seeing success again this summer.
"Most people who come have never done archery before, or have done very little," said park naturalist Dick Clayton. "That's the goal, to get people to find new ways to enjoy the outdoors."
At the Archery in the Park events, participants learn archery basics, including how to aim, proper posture and safety procedures. They then practice shooting at both bull's-eye and animal targets under the supervision of a certified instructor.
All four of the park's naturalists are certified to teach archery.
Sibley State Park has offered about a half-dozen archery classes so far this summer. The classes are family friendly, although children must be 8 years or older to participate. Most of the classes have around 80 participants, Clayton said.
Sibley will host the next Archery in the Park class from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Interpretive Center in the park. The class is free with admission to the park. A one-day vehicle permit is $5.
The Archery in the Park classes are a low-cost way to learn a new activity, Clayton said.
"The whole purpose of what we do here at the Interpretive Center is to develop different programs about all different facets of outdoors, in the hopes that somebody will learn to enjoy something they didn't know about before," he said.
For a full schedule of archery classes, call the park at 320-354-2055.