Youth Philanthropy

By July 9, 2018outings & education

Thanks to the generosity of the Wood River Foundation, Louise Stumph from Wow Students, Erika Greenberg, Spanish teacher at WRHS and Mrs Greenberg’s level 5 Spanish class, a check for $500.00 was donated today to the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited in recognition of their conservation efforts throughout the Wood River Valley. Wow Students is a nonprofit organization that promotes good works and “growing the next generation of generosity.” Students from Mrs. Greenberg’s class chose Trout Unlimited after extensive research into valley non profits to determine the best recipient for their generosity.

Accepting the check on behalf of the Hemingway Chapter, is long time board member Bob Knoebel, and new TU board member Enrique Dolores, a Sophomore at WRHS. The funds donated will be used to support the chapter’s Youth Education Program.  New flyrods and supplies will be purchased to benefit the more than 100 kids chapter volunteers teach to flyfish each year, ensuring the future of the sport we love and inspiring the next generation of conservationists.

Adopt A Trout:  Held Tuesday Oct 30th

Location:  The Broadford Road bridge/access in Bellevue ( south Bridge)

Volunteers from Hemingway TU, Idaho Fish and Game, EPA met along with  teachers, students, and parents from the Pioneer Montessori school, to participate in this pilot program to get youths involved in Trout and environmental education.  Twenty-five trout were captured using an electro shocker, measured, weighed, had a transmitter surgically placed in them and put in  recovery cage overnight. The next morning all of the trout were healthy, doing well and were released back into the Big Wood River.  The Children from the Montessori school gave names to each of the fish such as Big Franz for a large brown trout,  Sparkle for a beautiful rainbow trout etc, becoming personally attached to them.  The students also logged onto a tracking sheet the number and name of each trout along with specifics about the trout and will track the movement of the trout over the next six months to see where they go in the river. This was a successful first event and we look forward to see the results of the fish movement in the Big Wood River, canals and bypasses.

What is Adopt-a-Trout?
TU’s Adopt-a-Trout (AaT) program is a placed-based educational experience catered to elementary school students. AaT programs are focused on engaging students by putting them on the ground; up close and personal with cold water fish and their habitats. The goal of AaT is to ensure that students become active citizens in their community and future stewards of local resources. AAT keeps the focus and attention of students by emphasizing hands-on, real world learning. AaT programs do this by:

  • Inspiring students’ curiosity and interest in trout, their habitat, and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Partnering students with biologists and resource professionals on research and science projects.
  • Exposing students to future aquatic restoration activities and projects.
  • Providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to have fun fishing.