Archery is HOT in Chesterfield County!

*** Take a lesson and learn the ropes! ***
*** Learn form and technique! ***
*** Join a club! ***
*** Compete in a tournament! ***
*** Attend an all-archery summer camp! ***

The target archery scene in Chesterfield County continues to grow, and our archery program offerings are constantly expanding. From youth archery clubs to adult and seniors classes, there's an archery program to suit just about everyone! Most programs take place on our new instructional archery range located directly next to Rockwood Nature Center (behind the campfire area). Scroll down for a complete list of courses, clubs and full program descriptions.  Please call (804) 748-1623 or visit and click the REGISTER NOW link to register for any of our archery programs using the course numbers below. Happy shooting!



Park Archery League

Chesterfield County is excited to announce a brand new competitive style of archery coming in summer 2015, the Park Archery League! This Olympic style youth program will feature teams of five to seven youth archers, ages 10-18, shooting in head-to-head match play in singles and triples formats on weekends in June and July. Teams may be from any central Virginia area, the league is not limited to Chesterfield County archers. Cost is $50 per archer and includes a Park Archery League patch, approximately 8-10 matches, and end of season awards for top teams. Teams will practice at their own location and meet for games on weekends, schedule to be determined after all teams are registered. Teams needing a coach and/or practice space in Chesterfield County should indicate their need on the pre-registration form and a county coach and practice will be assigned to your team for an additional fee. 

For more information or to register, download the information packet below or visit the Park Archery League website.



Single Courses: Take a class, learn archery skills!

Unless otherwise noted, all classes take place on the group
instructional range located directly next to Rockwood Nature
Center. Class is held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather
instruction and shooting will take place inside the nature center’s

Introduction to Archery
Enjoy the fun of learning a new skill, from stance to follow through,
focusing on beginning form, safety, and proper use of equipment.
Participants will learn the basics of archery on simple compound bows
which are adjustable to each individual’s strength and draw length.
This class focuses on group tournament style target archery and is
taught by USA Archery certified instructors. For ages 8 and older,
adults and families welcome.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon $20/session
June 27 Course 29936
July 11 Course 29937
Aug. 29 Course 29938
Sundays, 2-4 p.m.
June 7 Course 29939
July 26 Course 29940
Aug. 9 Course 29941

Adult Introduction to Archery
Learn rules, safety and step-by-step shooting form for tournamentstyle
target archery. Discover a new sport that will give you a lifetime
of enjoyment! Ages 18 and older.
Sunday, May 31 2-4 p.m. $20 Course 29942
Thursday, July 9, 6-8 p.m. $20 Course 29943

Adult Archery
What better way to unwind and kick off the weekend than heading to
the archery range after a long week of work? Archers must own their
equipment and know how to use it. No formal lessons will be given,
however informal tips and coaching from instructors will be available.
Distances can be shot from 9-60 meters. All bow styles are welcome.
Fridays, 6-7:30 p.m. $90
June 26-Aug. 14 Course 29944
Aug. 28-Oct. 16 Course 29945

Beyond the Basics: Level 1 – Archery Form Development
This is the first step in a series of continuing archery classes that
focus on the details of form and body mechanics for those looking to
continue their development as a beginning to intermediate archer.
Students may choose from compound or recurve style bows as
they work towards achieving correct body alignment and muscle
memory for target shooting. PREREQUISITE: Participants must have
completed Chesterfield County’s “Introduction to Archery” course
within the past year.
Sunday, June 28, 2-4 p.m. $20 Course 29946
Saturday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-noon $20 Course 29947

Beyond the Basics: Level 2 – Aiming and Scoring
Take your archery skills to the next level with this second class
in the beyond basics series. Participants will learn different
aiming techniques, as well as how to use a basic target sight and
the importance of your sight picture. Play some aiming games
and do some mini scoring to put your new abilities to the test!
PREREQUISITE: Participants must have completed Beyond the
Basics: Level 1 and/or the older Intermediate Archery course within
the past year, or participated in an archery club in order to be eligible
for this program.
Sunday, July 12, 2-4 p.m. $20 Course 29948
Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-noon $20 Course 29949

Olympic Style Park Archery League NEW
Teams are now forming for a new, exciting archery league that will
feature head-to-head competition against neighboring archery teams
using Olympic style recurve bows. Equipment is provided or you may
use your own if it meets regulations. Archers must have some basic
archery experience. Practices will be held Thursday evenings, meets
will be on weekends. Meet schedule will be published once teams are
finalized. For more information contact Rockwood Nature Center at
(804) 674-1629 or

Weekly Clubs: Regular shooting for fun and practice!

Find Chesterfield Archery Clubs on Facebook and stay connected!

Star Shooters After School Archery Club
During each class, participants will learn the techniques, form and
rules for target archery. They also will try different types of bows
(compound and recurves), shoot archery games and perform drills
for becoming a better archer. Twice per season, children have
the opportunity to earn one in a series of rank patches based on
personal shooting scores. Bows and equipment are provided, or
use your own with instructor approval. At the end of the season,
archers compete in a fun, members-only tournament where
participants pit their skills against others in their age groups and
take home a trophy! New students with no archery experience are
welcome, but must also register for the New Archery Club Member
Introduction class below. Instructors are USA Archery certified.
Cost includes equipment (if needed), patches, tournament medals
and trophies.
Tuesdays, June 30 – Aug. 18 (Tournament Aug. 22) $100
11 a.m.-noon Course 29950
4-5 p.m. Course 29951
5:30-6:30 p.m. Course 29952

New Archery Club Member Introduction
(required for all students new to archery that would like to
participate in the Star Shooters School Archery Club that have not
taken the Introduction to Archery Course in the previous year).
Participants must be enrolled in either one of the courses listed
above as requirement for this course.
Tuesday, June 23, 5:30-7 p.m. $10 Course 29953

Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Club
The next step for youth archers who are experienced shooters and
are serious about taking their archery to the next level, the JOAD
program is a developmental program offered by Chesterfield
County Parks and Recreation that utilizes USA Archery curriculum
and is open to youths ages 8-20. To be eligible to enroll in the
JOAD course, members must own their own bow, have completed
at least two seasons of the Chesterfield Star Shooters After
School Archery Club and be able to shoot at the “Expert” level
or higher. (They do not need to have earned the patch, only be
able to qualify for it.) The JOAD club program includes any star
pins earned and a lanyard to hold them. Additional membership
in USA Archery ( is highly recommended
and required to compete in sanctioned tournaments, but not
required to register for the Chesterfield County JOAD program.
Call the Rockwood Nature Center at 674-1629 for information on
registering or more information.
Wednesdays, June 24-Aug. 12, 5:30-7 p.m. $90


Archery Camp: Hot fun in the summer time!

Archery Camp - FULL

Has your child been bitten by the archery bug? Join our certified
NASP and ATA archery instructors for an exciting week focusing on all
things archery. We’ll start with an introductory session, so no previous
experience is needed and then progress through more advanced
programs and use different types of equipment as the week progresses.
We’ll also take some time to explore some of Virginia’s wild places.
For ages 10-13.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road $140
June 22-26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Course 29724
Details: Bob Smet, or 745-8360


Other Archery Experiences:

Group Archery Instruction - Scouts, Private Schools, Birthday Parties, Team Building and more!

Do you have a group that's interested in having their own archery class? Our USA Archery certified instructors can set up a class to meet your needs, whether is be an office get together, working on an archery scout badge, or a child's birthday party. Suitable for 4 or more participants, ages 8 and up. Call Rockwood Nature Center at (804) 674-1629 for additional information and pricing. 

Private Archery Lessons and Coaching:
For archers seeking to learn the sport in a private setting or for those looking to improve their shooting forms, shoot in a tournament or overcome a problem, there's no better way than working one-on-one with a coach or instructor. Sessions are scheduled by appointment only for one or two individuals with one of our trained USA Archery instructors or coaches. 
Call Rockwood Nature Center at (804) 674-1629 for additional information and pricing.