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Outdoor-inspired activities for families at home, from TU to you

Editor’s Note: In the spirit of conservation and community, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and Trout Unlimited are joining together during these tough times to share youth-related resources and materials. We hope that many young anglers and hunters and their families are all still finding time and space to get outdoors and … Read more

National Teen Summit returns to birthplace of TU

Here at Trout Unlimited we are proud to say our organization was formed on the banks of the Au Sable River in Michigan. Locals boast (and rightly so) that the Au Sable is the best brown trout fishery east of the Mississippi. Michigan’s TU chapters are named after conservation heroes like George Griffith, Art Neumann, … Read more

Help Headwaters match $10,000 to fund the future of conservation

This holiday season, we’ve been thinking a lot about what we are thankful for over here at the Headwaters Youth Program: Thankful for our colleagues at TU that fight so hard to keep our waterways healthy and accessible; Thankful for our teen leaders that bring their friends fishing with them after school and pick up litter along the … Read more

STREAM Kids family event, a model program

Each year since 2016, Trout Unlimited offers a family-friendly outdoor event at our Annual Meeting. It’s a nice change of scenery from the all-indoor conference center presentations. Don’t get me wrong, I love the hospitality suite and NLC sessions as much as the next guy, but there’s something about getting your boots wet in a … Read more

TU welcomes hundreds of new teen members

Each year TU welcomes 300 new TU Teen members through our twenty-four regional Conservation and Fly Fishing Summer Camps & Academies. These budding teen members are usually learning about Trout Unlimited for the first time at one of these camps, entering camp as an enthusiastic angler and leaving as an inspired conservationist. For a lot of these young fly fishers, though, … Read more

Girls learn about science and angling in Pennsylvania’s growing STREAM Girls program

by Tara Granke The term “science lesson” may evoke visions of students running experiments with beakers, microscopes, and a professor in a lab coat. No longer is that the case. TU’s Headwaters Youth Program is all about intertwining informal lessons in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) with recreation and the arts to make STREAM education … Read more

Hats off to educators across TU

I recently sat under a tent at the Western North Carolina Fly Expo and watched four teenagers speak to an audience of anglers about their experience as leaders in Trout Unlimited. Articulate, professional and a little nervous, they told the story of how it all started at Trout Camp. “Rivercourse changed my life” every one … Read more

Time to take the kids outside!

With spring in full swing it’s time to get outside. All over the country, small fingerling trout and salmon smolts are leaving classrooms in the hands of their student caretakers and heading to local rivers and streams via TU’s Trout in the Classroom and Salmon in the Classroom programs. Now is the time for other … Read more

Chapter ideas for spring youth events

/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/blog/DSC_0264.JPG Spring is coming and so are those days spent along a fishy stretch of a favorite river. Not only is it a great time of year to get outside, it is a wonderful season for passing on the love of fly fishing, trout, and the special places they live. TU chapters across the country … Read more

Teen Summit and TU Camp applications opening soon!

Dreaming of warmer weather? Good! It’s time to start thinking about TU’s offerings of summer camps and academies for young people. TU’s Regional Fly Fishing Camps and Academies For over 25 years, volunteers have been directing TU’s youth regional camps. The first was in Pennsylvania and now TU’s grassroots network boasts 25 camps across the … Read more