Through the Missouri State Parks your kids and/or grandkids have a chance to learn archery this summer. Planning on going on vacation somewhere in the state? That's okay because there are five different locations where the program will take place.

How many times have you heard the kids say, "I'm bored. There's nothing to do!" You can change that this summer with an invitation to begin their archery journey by attending hands-on courses.

Five parks this summer, including  Cuivre River, Echo Bluff, Graham Cave, Knob Noster and Stockton state parks are hosting the event. This program is for anyone who wants to learn the basics of archery and atlatl throwing.

The Learn2 Aim courses offer two hours of free instruction and are open to ages 10 and older. Registration is required and all slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Now if you are wondering what is an atlati, we looked it up. According to the website, here's the definition:

The atlatl or spearthrower is a hunting technology which was invented at least 17,000 years ago by Upper Paleolithic humans in Europe.

So now you know!

Participants must be at least 10 years of age. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents and guardians do not have to participate, but must be on hand to provide adult supervision. Participants should be comfortable around bows and atlatls.

If you are interested in either program, the dates, times and other details, including registration information, can be found at

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