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 www.tu.org/headwaters