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Learn archery basics at Bemidji State Park

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Lake Bemidji State Park officials are offering an archery program 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the park.

Part of the "Archery in the Parks" program sponsored by the Minnesota DNR, participants will be taught the basics of archery by trained instructors. No experience is needed.

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All equipment and instruction is free but a vehicle permit is required to enter the park. Children must be at least eight years old to participate and anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian.

The program will be limited to 24 participants. To reserve a spot call 218-308-2300.

The Archery in the Parks program is part of an ongoing effort by DNR officials to prompt more people to enjoy the outdoors.

The Division of Parks and Trails created a variety of programs in response to recent research that points to declining participation in outdoor recreation by young families.

After hearing focus groups of parents say that they lacked outdoor skills, DNR officials created a series of workshops with an emphasis on making outdoor adventure easy for beginners. The workshops were made possible with funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

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