Our friend Lisa told us about a field archery range in the midst of redwoods in Oakland where kids and grown-ups can practice shooting arrows at outdoor targets. This is what she shared about her family's experience.
Redwood Bowmen is the kind of place where you can take your kid, and — if you know what you are doing — they can practice archery with you (not a place for lessons for younger kids). The official program starts at age 10, but younger children can participate with parents if they are mature.
NO EQUIPMENT RENTALS. We own our own equipment, so this isn't a problem for us.
Technically, it's free to practice, but there is a suggested donation box located outside the club house to use the archery range. They suggest $5 per visit.
Observe the rules. Beginner classes are available.
Best place to park is at the shared structure with Chabot Space and Science Center. Here is a map to the range.
Lisa is the Oakland mama to two young sons and the driving force behind our favorite charity to help diaper babies in need, Help a Mother Out. Thanks so much, Lisa!