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Saying goodbye to 2020 from the Headwaters team

Happy New Year and it couldn’t have come soon enough. We are ready to start fresh, work hard, and reinvigorate youth outreach efforts this coming spring, summer and fall. Despite the limitations of 2020, volunteer leaders like yourself were able to keep many youth outreach efforts going, even if they looked a little different.  Building on some … Read more

TU blends online learning with the outdoors to serve young people during lockdown

Trout Unlimited is serving youth and volunteers in new ways to keep them engaged in our mission to protect, conserve, and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries during the pandemic. Some of our programs have been adapted to fit virtual and at-home formats to provide safe avenues of participation. Online platforms come with unique challenges but boast some exciting prospects.  Here are examples of how we, the … Read more

Salmon and Trout in the Classroom: uncertainty and innovation during the pandemic

Let’s face it: this school year is going to be a huge challenge as teachers, parents, and students prepare for a brave, new semester of strange, new virtual participation. A number of states have announced plans to re-open in-person classes while others are looking at hybrid or all-virtual instruction. As this is getting sorted out state-by-state and district-by-district, there is still a lot of uncertainty. That uncertainty spills over … Read more

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

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