Posted Date: 07/02/2017
Educators are looking for ways to improve student motivation, attention, behavior, attendance, and focus. Teachers strive to achieve state and national educational standards regarding development of micro and macro motor ability and listening and observation skills. They hope to engage each student in the educational process and develop relationships to promote graduation instead of drop-out.
Wildlife Conservation agencies are concerned too many young people are forgoing learning outdoor skills that will inspire them to spend more time with wild things in wild places. Natural resource professionals are convinced learning target shooting skills will result in character and self-reliance development that will serve the future of wildlife conservation well.
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) was developed to serve these specific educational and conservation purposes. NASP® was co-created by the Kentucky Departments of Fish & Wildlife Resources and Department of Education and Mathews Archery in the late summer and fall of 2001. The program was launched in 21 Kentucky middle schools on March 3, 2002. Originally called the “Kentucky Archery in the Schools Program”, the effort’s goal was to enroll 120 schools and teach target archery skills to 24,000 students each year. Within the program’s first year the 120-school goal was achieved and because of neighbor-state interest, “National” replaced “Kentucky” in the program’s name. NASP® also expanded its participation standards to include students in 4th-12th grade. All rights reserved. NASP®, the NASP® logo and all other NASP® marks contained herein are trademarks of NASP® Intellectual Property and/or NASP® affiliated companies
Today the Outdoors Archery program is taught in over 300 secondary schools across Texas and in nineteen other states. OA can be taught as a P.E. course, local elective course or with the Ag. Science Wildlife Management course. OA is not your traditional P.E. course or elective. We have research to support improved attitudes, discipline, social skills and attendance associated with OA. It also increases P.E. enrollment. Some schools report 39% increase in P.E. enrollment with OA. Students love the class and schools usually have a waiting list just to get in the class.
Atlanta ISD plans to use the Outdoors Archery curriculum at all four campuses.