Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get started?

A great way to begin archery is by attending the free Beginners Class* offered by the Woodley Park Archers. Beginner Classes are every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM  Arrive at least an hour early to get into class.  More complete information can be found on our Classes & Activities page. *(Currently suspended due to Covid-19).

When are archery classes held?

Woodley Park Archers offers free introductory archery instruction to the community.  Beginner Classes* are every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Arrive at least an hour early to get into class.  More complete information can be found on our Classes & Activities page. *(Currently suspended due to Covid-19).

I have never shot before! How difficult are your classes?

Our instructional program is designed for brand new students who have never shot archery before.  Safety rules and procedures and shooting fundamentals are explained and demonstrated and each student gets brief one on one instruction and supervision with a WPA Coach.

Can children take these classes?

Children are welcome, but they must be at least 9 years old and accompanied by an adult.  The adult must sign a registration form on behalf of the minor child, and must remain present on the range at all times while the minor child is shooting.

Is archery difficult?

Archery can be challenging for all, especially children.  Adequate levels of mental attention, strength and physical coordination are required to shoot safely and successfully.  Since archery is a shooting sport, all students regardless of age, must be capable in the opinion of the instructor staff, of safely and comfortably handling all archery equipment, listening to instructions and following all range safety rules and procedures.

Can children shoot on the range during non class open shooting times?

Yes, children may shoot as long as they have their own equipment and are accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian at all times, and follow all range safety rules and procedures.

May I drop my child off at the range to practice archery?

No, minor children may not be dropped off at the range or be present anywhere on the range without the presence and supervision of their parent or guardian.

Is advanced registration required to take the free beginner class?

No, advanced registration is not required at this time all though it is extremely popular and classes regularly fill up.  Arrive at least an hour early to get into class. Simply bring your completed registration form or fill one out at the range and get in line to check out equipment and get into class.

Is advanced registration or reservations available?

No, not at this time.

Does everyone who comes to the classes have to register?

Our insurance requires all participants who intend to go through our instruction and shoot to complete a registration form and sign a waiver.  Those who are only observing are not required to complete a registration form unless they are accompanying and supervising a minor child.  Then the parent or guardian must complete and sign the registration form on behalf of the minor child.

Are the free Beginners Classes held when it rains?

Woodley Park Archers Free Beginning Archery Class is held every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning year round, unless it is raining.

Are the free Beginners Classes crowded?

Yes, archery is very popular and large crowds often show up for our free classes.  Arrive at least an hour early!

How early must one arrive to get into class?

It is advisable to arrive at least an hour before class time, to ensure a spot, although we cannot guarantee everyone will make it in to class; this depends on the number of our volunteer instructors who are able to come and assist with our classes on any given day and whether we run out of equipment.

Who teaches your classes?

All our instructors are members of Woodley Park Archers, and certified by USA Archery and/or National Field Archery Association who volunteer their time to teach in our free instructional program.

If I already know how to shoot, do I have to attend class first?

Experienced archers do not need to take our free beginner course to shoot at the range during open recreational shooting times, however all archers who wish to shoot during our beginner classes must have gone through our safety course, and all shooters must follow all range rules and safety procedures at all times.

What hours is the range open?

Woodley Park Archery Range is open  from sunrise to sundown, seven days a week, except during WPA classes, activities and events (check the WPA Range Schedule for more information.)  Archers with their own equipment are free to shoot during these times subject to following all range safety rules and procedures.

Do I have to pay to shoot at Woodley Park Archery Range?

There is no cost to shoot at the range.  It is free and open to the public for recreational shooting, except during classes and scheduled events and activities.

Do I have to belong to Woodley Park Archers to shoot at the range?

No, membership in Woodley Park Archers is not required to shoot at the range with your own equipment during open recreational shooting.  Woodley Park Archers does not loan out or rent equipment during non class times.

Is archery equipment available to borrow or rent?

No, Woodley Park Archers archery equipment is not available to rent or borrow during non class times; equipment is only available for use during our WPA instruction classes.  It is not available to borrow or rent during non class times?

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Is private instruction available?

Yes, private instruction is available by appointment only.  No walk in lessons are available. See instructors at the range for details or contact for further information.

Is there a good place for me to learn about the basics of archery?

Absolutely! is a great resource for finding out the basics of archery. Have fun exploring the many topics!

How can I become a member of the Woodley Park Archers?

Go to our Join Us! page. Once there, click on the link for the WPA Membership Application. This will open a PDF of the application in a new window. Print and complete the form, and mail it, along with your check, to:

Woodley Park Archers
P.O. Box 5397
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413-5397

You will receive a confirmation email once your membership as been processed.

What is my membership fee used for?

Membership fees help support the free instruction classes, equipment, maintenance of the range facility, including bales for the long range and foam for the short range.

How can my child become part of the WPA JOAD program?

Our Woodley Park Archers Junior Olympic Archery Development Program is open by invitation only, to young archers up to age 18 years, who have adequate archery shooting experience, and demonstrate talent and commitment to serious pursuit of the sport of archery.

Can groups and private parties reserve part of the range?

Yes, they can**, subject to certain requirements and restrictions including reserving range space in advance and providing proof of qualified supervision and proof of insurance, and subject to other limitations. To inquire about scheduling an event, please contact us at Be sure to check the Calendar for availability first.

**NOTICE – No groups or group instruction are currently permitted on the Woodley Park Archery Range due to City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks COVID -19 restrictions.

Are crossbows and broadheads allowed?

Crossbows and broad heads are NOT allowed anywhere on the Woodley Park Range due to issues of safety and range damage.