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Youth Conservation

Annual Education Events and Programs

Colorado Trout Unlimited is proud to foster a number of youth programs designed to inspire and teach the next generation of conservationists and anglers. Whether it’s in a classroom setting, on the water, or a week long camp, Colorado TU has various programs and events that fit the schedule and needs of all youth interested in conservation and fly fishing.DSCF4541

Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp 

The River Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth camp is a week-long camp each spring that teaches campers, ages 14-18, the basics to conservation and fly fishing. Campers are given the opportunity to participate in a number of conservation projects including stream monitoring, entomology classes, and hands on learning exercises. Participants also have access to hands on fly fishing and fly tying clinics by Colorado Trout Unlimited’s volunteer staff.

Trout in the Classroom

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a conservation-oriented, environmental education program for middle and high school students. Through the school year, students raise trout from eggs to fry and release their trout in a state-approved stream in a nearby watershed. Throughout the semester, students monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat study, learn to appreciate water resources begin to foster a conservation ethic, and grow to understand ecosystems.

During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs. Therefore, each program is unique. TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts and physical education.

Stream Explorers

Stream Explorers is an exciting new program developed by Colorado TU to engage the next generation of conservationists in hands-on learning! This program utilizes inquiry-based education practices that have been shown to better engage youth as active learners and critical thinkers. It is an introductory program best suited for upper elementary and middle school students. Stream Explorers is a low-cost and versatile program that can be implemented in any locale with access to an aquatic ecosystem.

River Watch

River Watch is a statewide volunteer water quality-monitoring program operated by the non-profit Colorado Watershed Assembly in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Its mission is to work with voluntary stewards to monitor water quality and other indicators of watershed health and utilize this high quality data to educate citizens and inform decision makers about the condition of Colorado’s waters. This program is unique in its statewide focus and frequency of data collection.