Outreach & Education

Fostering a strong conservation ethic in in our community

TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM

MENTORING NORTH HUDSON ELEMENTARY 5th GRADERS

KIAP-TU-WISH FLY FISHING CLINIC

LEARNING ABOUT FLY FISHING IN THE CLASSROOM

KIAP-TU-WISH FLY FISHING CLINIC

PRACTICAL ON-STREAM EXPERIENCE

RUSH RIVER CLEAN-UP

INVOLVING THE COMMUNITY AND DOING OUR PART

GREAT WATERS FLY FISHING EXPO

SPREADING THE WORD IN MINNEAPOLIS

GREAT WATERS FLY FISHING EXPO

RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS

CITIZEN VOLUNTEER STREAM MONITORING

VOLUNTEERS HELP MONITOR OUR COLD WATER RESOURCES

Reaching Out to the Community

In order to sustain the effort of our volunteers, the Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter, consistent with Wisconsin TU and TU National, is actively working to engage the next generation of conservationists as well as local community members. We do this through education and outreach to the community of western Wisconsin, providing hands-on, field-based opportunities that foster awareness for the connections between Wisconsin’s trout, water resources, the environment and themselves. By fostering a strong conservation ethic in in our community, we work to ensure that natural resources will continue to be protected by and for future generations.

The future of our cold water resources and in turn committed conservation minded youth and adults is foremost in the work of the Kiap-TU-Wish. Throughout the year our chapter works with partners such as schools, outdoor sporting groups, conservation organizations, and the Wisconsin DNR to educate and promote our core conservation principles. We work at getting the community at large involved in fishing and conservation. We devote our time to community outreach, education related efforts and resource conservation projects that positively affect the citizens and resources of western Wisconsin.

Our key efforts include:

Trout in the Classroom

Community fly fishing clinics

Ellsworth Middle School habitat on stream field trip presentations

Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo booth exhibit

Rush River Clean-up activities

Volunteer Winter Work Days

Citizen Stream Monitoring Initiative

Grassroots Efforts

Through sound scientific data, strong grassroots outreach & advocacy, and hands-on involvement in conservation projects—we protect some of the most pristine and prized rivers in the midwest, restore those that need some help, and engage the next generation of coldwater stewards in western Wisconsin.

Use of local knowledge as well as science-based tools to help develop, prioritize and initiate conservation efforts and advocacy.

Types of grassroots engagement:

Support for on-the-ground community-led projects and initiatives;

Advocacy at the national, state and local levels;

Citizen’s Stream Monitoring;

Dam removal and stormwater protocol;

Collaboration and partnerships with private landowners, state, federal and local agencies,
and other key stakeholders;

Leverage resources committed by donors and increase capacity through the efforts of our volunteers;

Education and outreach to Wisconsin’s  young people, providing hands-on, field-based opportunities that foster awareness for the connections between Wisconsin’s trout, water resources, the environment and themselves.








Kiap-TU-Wish Calendar

Jan
3
Wed
7:00 pm Chapter Meeting – Matt Mitro
Chapter Meeting – Matt Mitro
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm
Matt Mitro – WDNR Coldwater Fisheries Research Scientist Matt will present “Wisconsin’s Inland Trout Populations: A 2018 Update on Trends and Research” a brief overview of recently completed and ongoing trout research projects including (1)[...]
Feb
7
Wed
7:00 pm Chapter Meeting – Rich Ostoff
Chapter Meeting – Rich Ostoff
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm
Speaker: Rich Osthoff, Local guide and author Topic: Flyfishing the Driftless; Techniques and Strategies. One hour presentation with some video excerpts
Mar
7
Wed
7:00 pm Chapter Meeting – Annual Busines...
Chapter Meeting – Annual Busines...
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm
Annual business meeting. Elect new board members Speakers: Nate Anderson, WDNR Habitat 2018 Habitat work Barb Scott, WDNR Fish Survey Results

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