The Headwaters Youth Program: A Place for Young People Who Love Rivers and Fly Fishing

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Your donation to the Headwaters Youth Program helps to inspire the next generation of river stewards. From kindergarten to college, we deliver hands-on, environmental experiences proven to educate, excite and engage youth! 


Youth Learn to Fly Fish and become Stewards of Their Home Waters in TU's Headwaters

Sister and Brother Fly FIshers

Who we are

TU's Headwaters Youth Program helps foster a sense of respect for the natural world and engages young people in hands-on conservation projects in their home waters. 

Encompassing a range of programs and projects known as the Stream of Engagement, Headwaters serves children, teenagers and young adults.  From the nationally-recognized, science-based Trout in the Classroom and Adopt-a-Trout programs to summer fly fishing and conservation camps, teen leadership summits and fly fishing clubs, Headwaters involves young people in TU’s mission to protect and restore the nation’s coldwater resources.

Stream of Engagement Diagram

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.

Our programs

Stream Explorers

Trout in the Classroom


Youth Camps and Academies

Summer on the Fly 

STREAM Girls (Girl Scouts)

Boy Scouts Fly Fishing Merit Badge

TU Teen High School Clubs

TU Teen Summit

TU Costa 5 Rivers Clubs


How we work

The Headwaters program takes a long-range view of protecting our fisheries.  The youth involved are the future stewards of our country's rivers.  Educating youth now means that the next generation will be ready, willing and able to sustain TU's work into the future—continuing to protect, reconnect, and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. 

Simply put, the Headwaters program is the source of tomorrow's TU.


Maine Camp Graduate

Resources for TU Volunteers Working with Youth

Find multiple resources including liability, program curricula, recorded trainings and more in the Youth Education Initiative section of the Tacklebox.

Click here to access the Youth Ed Tacklebox!



Franklin Tate, Headwaters Youth Program Director

Tara Granke, Headwaters Youth Program Coordinator

Lillit Genovesi, Trout in the Classroom NYC and Watersheds

Andrew Loffredo - TU Costa 5 Rivers Coordinator

Brett Prettyman - Communications Director



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