Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates. Please call our inclement weather lines about the status of camps, programs, events, facilities, and parks: www.howardcountymd.gov/inclementweatherlines.
July 29, 2020: Current restrictions from COVID-19 cancelled the summer Open Range time at Alpha Ridge Park as this is a supervised program rather than a park amenity and must meet a minimum participation number to run. Unfortunately, there are NO outdoor public archery ranges in Howard County. Interested archers can visit the Maryland Archery Association for contact info on the available archery clubs in the state.
We know Howard County archers are disappointed and we look forward to getting back to our regular classes and clubs as soon as possible. However, the health and safety of our staff and participants is the utmost priority for all Adventure and Outdoor programs. Within the current restrictive guidelines, there are some new sections of the half day Archery Camp available this summer and we are looking into the possibility for small group or family lessons starting sometime next month.
Thank you for your understanding and continued commitment to Howard County Target Archery.
Fall program registration begins 6pm Aug 5 for Howard County residents! See below for new dates & details.
Learn the basics of Target Archery in an Intro or Archery Together class to participate one of the archery club programs!
Check out the HCRP Target Archery Skills Club on Flickr:
New to archery or looking to refresh some skills? Target Archery programs start at 8 yrs & up (programs using age-appropriate equipment for younger children are available - see tabs below for more information).
- Start with an introductory class like the Intro to Target Archery or Archery Together (Parent/Child), held on Saturday mornings in the Spring and Fall.
- Practice your skills during Open Range times!
- Want to take your skills up a notch? Sign up for the HCRP Target Archery Skills Club and work with our instructors on your personal goals (4-week sessions).
- Private lessons with USA Archery-certified instructors available. Can't make a class? Schedule a lesson and sign up for Open Range time to work on your skills.
4-5 yrs / 2 classes, start dates below
Experience the sport of archery in a fun, safe and supervised environment. We use plastic arrows with rubber suction cups to teach the basics of archery. Sign up for multiple sections and watch your child's archery skills improve! No experience necessary and all equipment supplied for use during the program.
Lil Archers currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Learn the Art of Target Archery
6-7 yrs / September 19 / $45
Build and decorate your own PVC bow and learn techniques, form and range safety in a one-day class with our certified instructors.
RP9065.101 Rockburn Branch Park West 1:30-3:30pm Sa
Target Archery classes available Spring & Fall at Alpha Ridge Park. Click the RP numbers for online registration!
Introduction to Archery
Discover the basics of archery in this one-day class! Learn basic techniques and form using recurve and compound bows from an USA Archery-certified instructor. Equipment, safety and elements of shooting are covered. Course meets the requirement to participate in the HCRP Archery Clubs.
8-13 yrs / $55, individual
RP9061.101 Alpha Ridge Park Sep 12 9am-Noon Sa
RP9061.102 Alpha Ridge Park Oct 10 9am-Noon Sa
13 yrs+ (including adults) / $55, individual
RP9061.111 Alpha Ridge Park Sep 19 9am-Noon Sa
RP9061.112 Alpha Ridge Park Oct 17 9am-Noon Sa
55+ yrs / $35, individual This program part of the Encore Adventure Series - click or call 410-313-1769 for details)
RP9171.103 Centennial Park South Oct 1 9:30-11:30am Th
Target Archery Together (Parent/Child)
You and your child learn the basic techniques of archery together! Equipment provided for use during the class; safety and elements of shooting are covered by an USA Archery-certified instructor. Course meets the requirement to participate in the HCRP Archery Clubs. Fee is for one adult and one child; in the case of multiple siblings, we ask that there be one adult for each child.
8-13 yrs / $95, one parent & one child
RP9063.101 Alpha Ridge Park Sep 26 9am-Noon Sa
RP9063.102 Alpha Ridge Park Oct 24 9am-Noon Sa
HCRP Target Archery Skills Club
Focus on refining target archery technique though practice and self-paced development with our USA Archery-certified instructors. Parents are welcome to sign up with their children during youth sessions! Program is four weeks, start dates listed below. Participants must have completed* an HCRP introductory target archery class prior to the start of their Archery Club session (Introduction to Archery, Archery Together, Archery Camp, Archery & Paddling Camp or Archery & Fishing Camp).
8 yrs + / 4 weeks, start dates below / $69 (adults and children welcome)
RP9064.101 Alpha Ridge Park Sep 13 1-2:30pm Su
RP9064.102 Alpha Ridge Park Oct 10 3-4:30pm Sa
RP9064.103 Alpha Ridge Park Oct 11 1-2:30pm Su
Click the RP numbers for online registration!
Open Range Time also available on select dates - click on the Open Range tab for more details!
* Archery Club sessions may fill quickly. You may register for an Archery Club session at the same time you register for an introductory class, just as long as you will have completed the class before actually participating in the Club session. However, understand that you may not be eligible for a full refund from a Club session if you are not able to attend the Intro class.
Sumer Open Range CANCELLED due to restrictions and impact from COVID-19. Fall registration opens 6pm Aug 5 for Howard County residents!
The Alpha Ridge Park Archery Range is open Spring &Fall for drop in use. Sign up for an Open Range Pass each season for unlimited use on select dates and times! $50 fee allows access at any or all of the Open Range times during that season and includes the use of HCRP equipment while at the range*. Or pay $30 and bring your own equipment. Targets provided. Prior completion of a Recreation & Parks' Intro program is encouraged but not required to use the range. Archers must be able to participate in a safe and proper manner and follow range rules and staff directions at all times. Call 410-313-7275 to register, or click the RP numbers below to sign up online. Info: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.
8yrs+ / Fall Open Range times: SAT, Noon-2pm & SUN, 9am-Noon, 9/12-11/01 ONLY
RP9066.101 Alpha Ridge Park; bring your own equipment $30
RP9066.102 Alpha Ridge Park; *using HCRP equipment $50
* You must have completed a Howard County Recreation & Parks Introductory course (Intro to Archery, Archery Together or specific Archery Camps) to use HCRP equipment.
Additional rules and information:
Only registered Range Pass users will be allowed on the Alpha Ridge Archery Range. Archery is not permitted on an individual basis on any Howard County Recreation & Parks property.
A sampling of 2020 archery camps. Many Adventure & Outdoor Camps include a target archery component; for complete details visit the Adventure & Outdoor Camps page at www.howardcountymd.gov/adventurecamps!
4-5 yrs / 4 days
Experience the sport of archery in a fun, safe and supervised environment. We use plastic arrows with rubber suction cups to teach the basics of archery. No experience necessary and all equipment provided for use during the camp. Bring a non-perishable snack and beverage (no nut products). Camp will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Matt Medicus at 410-313-1769.
NEW! DIY Archery & Fishing Camp Full but Wait List registration is available
Make and decorate your own PVC archery bow and bamboo fishing pole to use the rest of the week and take home at the end of camp! Discover and practice new skills in archery technique, range safety, fish identification, knot tying & more. Play fun archery games with your DIY bow and fish Centennial Lake from shore with your DIY bamboo pole. Info: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 or email@example.com.
6-10yrs / 4 days starting Aug 3 / $135
Rp9716.811 Centennial Park South 8:30-11:30am M-Th
Archery Camp FULL but Wait List registration is available
This is a basic level course intended for kids who are new to the sport and looking for a positive experience with archery. During the camp, archers become proficient in shooting a bow and receive instruction in archery essentials such as range safety, equipment maintenance, self-analysis and archery etiquette. Additional activities include history of archery, fun shoots (balloon shoots, etc) and a competition on the last day. Bring a non-perishable snack and beverage (no nut products). Schedule is subject to change. Fee includes supervision, equipment and activities. For more information, contact Matt Medicus at 410-313-1769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Ridge Park / 4 days, start dates below / $135
Rp9755.806 8-11yrs August 10 8:30-11:30am M-Th
Rp9755.821 10-13yrs August 17 8:30-11:30am M-Th
For more information contact:
Matt Medicus, Adventure & Outdoor Supervisor, 410-313-1769 or
Dawn Thomas, Adventure & Outdoor Manager, 410-313-1754
Many target archery activities, including Open Range and the HCRP Target Archery Skills Club take place at the archery location in Alpha Ridge Park: 11685 Old Frederick Rd/MD Rte 99, Marriottsville, MD 21104
From I-70 Westbound: From I-70 (coming from Rte 29) take Exit 83 onto Marriottsville Road northbound. Proceed 0.9 miles and turn left at light onto Old Frederick Road (Rte. 99). Proceed 0.5 miles to park on the left. Once in Park, make 2nd left into the large parking area. Look for the fenced area adjacent to the tennis courts.
From I-70 Eastbound: From I-70 take Exit 82 onto eastbound Route 40. At first traffic light turn left onto Marriottsville Road northbound. Proceed 1.5 miles and turn left at light onto Old Frederick Road (Rte 99). Proceed 0.5 miles to park on the left. Once in Park, make 2nd left into the large parking area. Look for the fenced area adjacent to the tennis courts.
Be sure to check your program or camp letter for specific meeting locations! Not all camps and programs meet at Alpha Ridge!