Events & Activities for You & Your Family
Earth Day, on Thursday, April 22, marks the second year where millions of Americans are practicing safe, social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help our community weather what are hopefully the waning days of such a challenging time for our nation.
Traditionally a time when TU members and supporters are at their most active, volunteering at stream cleanups, tree plantings, family friendly environmental festivals and more with local chapters across the country, this year many of those events have been put aside.
At the same time, it is more important than ever for us to feel connected as a conservation community, to feel like we are part of something bigger than ourselves and that we can make a difference. As a TU member and supporter, you can still take action on Earth Day and make a difference for cold, clean rivers and streams!
1. Kids #EarthDayAtHome Art Project
Engage your kids in a fun, creative activity to celebrate their way and inspire us with their visions of what Earth Day means to them in any medium they want!
Whether they draw a poster, make a sculpture, create a diorama or build a scene out of Legos, their creativity and ideas are what matters most.
Snap a photo of your child’s art and load it to Facebook or Instagram using @troutunlimited, #EarthDayAtHome, and #TroutUnlimited to share their vision for clean and healthy rivers and streams!
2. Pledge to Protect the Planet
Post a photo of yourself fishing on your favorite river, planting a tree, picking up trash or hiking a trail near your home and share your personal pledge to take a conservation action this year.
Whether you pledge to pick up 10 pounds of trash from an area river, plant a tree with your kids this fall, or volunteer for your local TU chapter, your pledge is a powerful statement of our shared hope for the future.
Use #EarthDayAtHome, #TroutUnlimited, #TUVolunteer and be sure to mention @troutunlimited in your post on Facebook or Instagram.
3. Take a TU Family Field Trip
These TU Family Field Trip articles are full of ideas and inspiration to help you get your kids outside and learning about coldwater conservation. Share your family’s adventures on social media to encourage others to get out and explore!
Take your family on a TU Family Field Trip, snap a photo, then post to Facebook or Instagram using #TUFamilyFieldTrip, #TroutUnlimited, #EarthDayAtHome and @troutunlimited.
4. Stand Up for Cold, Clean Water
Shout for trout and speak up for salmon in our easy-to-use and impactful online advocacy center!
Go to https://standup.tu.org/ to join tens-of-thousands of conservationists and anglers like you who are making sure members of Congress and the administration know where we stand on the Snake River Dams, Public Lands, Renewable Energy and other important conservation issues.
Sign on to these calls to action, then share on social media to encourage your friends and family to do the same by sharing the StandUp link, mentioning @troutunlimited and using #EarthDayAtHome and #TroutUnlimited to grow our collective voice.
5. Collect Critical Data Through Community Science
Join an army of TU members and supporters out on your local streams collecting data and providing insights on ways to make them healthier.
Contact your local TU chapter to find area streams that need assessment, or head to the closest river in your neighborhood. Help spread the word on social media to grow the movement using @troutunlimited and #TroutUnlimited, #EarthDayAtHome, #CommunityScience and #CitizenScience
6. Install A Rain Barrel at Home
It may not seem like much, but a 55-gallon rain barrel can help conserve more than 1,000 gallons of water per year! What’s more, they reduce stormwater runoff from your roof and property which can increase the temperature of nearby streams and wetlands as well as carry pollutants like pesticide, fertilizer, road sand, salt and other chemicals.
Installing a rain barrel is an easy, fun way to protect water quality – you and your family can also paint your rain barrel with a river scene! Post pictures of your newly installed rain barrel on Facebook and Instagram using @troutunlimited and #EarthDayAtHome #TroutUnlimited #RainBarrel
7. Fundraise on Facebook for Trout Unlimited
Creating an #EarthDay2021 fundraiser on Facebook for Trout Unimited is fast, easy and a great way to encourage your friends and family to take action and help keep our rivers clean and healthy.
To get started, go to: www.facebook.com/fund/TroutUnlimited/ and then personalize your fundraising message, image, goal and timeline.
Post about your fundraiser, tag and invite your family, colleagues and fishing friends and spread the word to encourage gifts of any size.