Youth Program Overview

Once Trout Unlimited has protected, reconnected, or restored a waterway, it is crucial to both sustain and continue to grow the work that has been done. To sustain our work, we must engage local communities, especially the youth, to help them understand what we have done, and why.

To that end, watershed-based environmental education and home-waters oriented fishing education are crucial to TU’s mission. We have been working with youth from the beginning. Many chapters had an early interest in youth education, and some piloted creative programs.

TU’s youth education efforts encompass a range of programs and projects known as the Stream of Engagement, serving children, teenages and young adults. From the nationally-recognized, science-based Trout in the Classroom and Adopt-a-Trout programs to fly-fishing and conservation camps, teen leadership summits and college fly-fishing clubs, TU involves young people in our mission to protect and restore the nation’s coldwater resources.

The Stream of Engagement ensures that people of any age can “plug-in” to TU and continue their relationship with coldwater conservation and fly fishing through various age-appropriate programs.

Update: COVID Resources

Chapters interested in doing youth events during the COVID-19 pandemic should refer to the following documents and have a parent or guardian sign off on the COVID liability waiver.

COVID Guidelines for single day events for youth

TU COVID Release Waiver Template for Youth

Other Liability Resources and Guidelines

Find out more about our programs

To learn more about all of our exciting programs for young people, visit


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