Branson–The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) will be hosting the 2021 Missouri National Archery in Schools Program (MoNASP) State Tournament March 18-20 at the Branson Convention Center in Branson.

More than 3,000 student archers from throughout Missouri are scheduled to compete in the state tournament after shooting qualifying scores through various local MoNASP tournaments over the past year. These and other MoNASP student archers will be eligible to participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) virtual national tournament. Learn more at nasptournaments.org.

Supporters are invited to attend the state tournament for a fee and must follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols set for all event attendees. Masks will be required in the Branson Convention Center and masks will be provided if needed. The temperature of each attendee will be taken as they enter the Convention Center. Participants and supporters will be required to maintain distances of six feet apart with those not in their immediate group. Sanitizing stations with hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the location. For more information on COVID-19 protocols at the 2021 MoNASP State Tournament, visit mochf.org/covid-19-protocols-at-monasp-state-tournament/.

In addition to the tournament competition, the event will include a variety of socially distanced activities for attendees such as skills competitions and games, animal encounters and educational programs, a gaming trailer and hunting trailer, a scavenger hunt, and more. For details on activities and admission fees, visit MCHF online at mochf.org/monasp-schedule-of-activities/.

For more information on MoNASP and the state tournament, contact MDC Education Outreach Coordinator Eric Edwards at 573-522-4115, ext. 3295, or Eric.Edwards@mdc.mo.gov.

For more information on state tournament activities, contact Tricia Burkhardt of MCHF at 573-634-2080 or Tricia.Burkhardt@mdc.mo.gov.

For hotel information, go to mochf.org/event/missouri-national-archery-in-the-schools/#hotels.

If interested in volunteering, visit mochf.org/monasp-volunteer-sign-up-form/.