Conservation and Science Resources

TU was founded in 1959 by local people who saw their home waters being impacted by a range of man-made and environmental factors, and who wanted to take action to halt and reverse that damage.

They worked together to protect the rivers and watersheds from further damage; to reconnect them by removing dams, culverts and other barriers; to restore them by planting trees and building habitat; and to sustain that effort into the future by building a conservation community that would leave a lasting legacy for cold, clean rivers and streams.

That driving force is stronger now than it ever was, with nearly 400 local TU chapters across the country working to take care of the places they love, the rivers they fish, and the native and wild trout and salmon living there.

Not only is our landscape-model approach to conservation a powerful way to ensure clean water and healthy streams, it has also proven to be one of the most effective ways to build local TU chapter communities with active members, committed volunteers, strong leaders, and a deep impact. In fact, among our chapters and councils across the country, the ones most actively engaged in conservation and science projects are finding their efforts to give people a chance to “get their hands dirty” on projects are growing their ability to recruit more members, grow their base of volunteer leaders, and take on more together.

Resources To Help You Get Started

Conservation Resources

Science Resources


TU Volunteer Leaders trainings are a powerful way to connect with resources, learn from fellow volunteers and grow your impact locally. Join us for the following events:

In-Person Trainings:

2021 Annual Meeting
Due to increasing COVID-19 concerns and projections, the 2021 Annual Meeting is cancelled.

2021 Regional Rendezvous
Due to increasing COVID-19 concerns and projections, the 2021 Regional Rendezvous are postponed.

Online Trainings:

View past training recordings or join an upcoming live, online webinar, held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.

February 23 — Virtual Advocacy: Using Online Petitions to Grow Impact (8PM)

March 4 — Filing the NEW Annual Activity Report & IRS Reporting Requirements (8PM)

March 15 — Embrace A Stream Grant Training (8PM)

March 29 — Effective Digital Communications During COVID (8PM)

April 8 — TU Event Registration Tools to Better Manage and Promote Your Activities (8PM)


Your Volunteer Operations Staff is here to help! 

Nick Halle
Volunteer Operations Coordinator
(703) 284-9425
Contact Nick for:

  • Volunteer Leader Login Issues
  • Insurance Requests / Questions
  • Fundraising Program & Support
  • Membership Recruitment Tools
  • L.L. Bean Rod Donations

Lisa Beranek

Leadership Development Manager
(907) 205-0974
Contact Lisa for:

  • Leadership Recruitment & Development
  • Embrace A Stream Grants Program
  • Strategic Planning Support
  • Diversity Event Planning