Trout In The Classroom Gallery
Rocky River Trout Unlimited is coordinating with students at UNCC to establish faculty support for the 5 Rivers program. The planned UNCC 5 Rivers program at UNCC will become a fully integrated part of the university's student life offerings and participating students will be extended an offer to participate in our Chapter activities. Our Chapter vision is to also reach out to college student at Queens, JC Smith and Davidson with the same program in addition to the UNCC program.
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Trout In The Classroom
This program is designed to introduce middle school or high school students to the life cycle of trout. A school with a science teacher willing to maintain a coldwater aquarium during the school year and support the class in learning to raise trout fry from eggs up until a date set to release the fry into a stream. Read more about the national Trout Unlimited program further down on this page and more about the Rocky River TIC program on the Trout In The Classroom webpage by clicking here.
RiverCourse Youth Fly Fishing Camp
Each summer in mid-June, an army of TU volunteers along with agency professionals conduct a week long summer camp for 13-15 year olds who are interested in the life sciences and fly fishing. The camp is geared for both boys and girls. Funding for the camp comes from camp fees from parents which covers approximately 50% of the costs aswell as supplemented with fund raising by the RiverCourse Board, NCTU and various Chapters. Many of the Chapters provide a scholarship for 1-2 kids in the event that the parents are unable to afford the full camp fee. Read more about RiverCourse on the RiverCourse webpage by clicking here.
Casting for Recovery
When a local Casting for Recovery weekend is offered to women recovering from breast cancer in North Carolina, the Chapter supports fund raising and contributes both dollars and member volunteer time. "Knowing little about fly fishing, women learn the basics while experiencing a spirit of trust and sharing that can not be put into words." Read more about our involvement in Casting for Recovery on the Casting for Recovery webpage by clicking here. Visit the Casting for Recovery website to learn more, click here.
Project Healing Waters
When a Healing Waters Flyfishing event is scheduled in our area, the Chapter supports fund raising and contributes both dollars and member volunteer time. "Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including educaton and outings." Read more about our involvement in Project Healing Waters on the Project Healing Waters webpage by clicking here. Visit the Project Healing Waters website to learn more, click here.
Parent - Child Streamsides
We encourage parents to bring their children to any or all our streamside events from day trips to several days of camping. Children are the future for coldwater conservation and our angling traditions of trout fishing and fly fishing. A child catching thier first fish or first trout is a priceless moment in your journey together as parent and child. Members of the Chapter will assist you in achieving that moment. Trout Unlimited, the NC state council of Trout Unlimited and Rocky River Trout Unlimited all serve to help parents bring their children to enjoy the outdoors, the cold mountain streams and our most precious natural resources, out trout. Teaching a child to catch, pose for a photo for memories and release a fish unharmed is pure magic. Teaching a child the perspectives about appropriately catching fish as a food source is equally important to learn. We are conservationists and natural resouces support our ability to live, survive and thrive in many ways. Read more about all our streamside events on the Streamside webpage by clicking here.
As summer scheduling time and weather permit, we often plan a summer family picnic in the Charlotte area. Member and their freinds have quality time as families to get to know each other a litte better. Ideally, we seek a locations with a shelter, lots of space for family activities, a place for fly casting demonstrations or possibly a casting contest and a pond where kids may catch a fish (keep in mind that we adults are also kids).
Treasure Hunts (future program)
Under conceptual develop at present.
NC Wildlife Federation Scholarship
Rocky River Trout Unlimited funds a small scholarship for a college undergraduate or graduate student studying in the field of fisheries or wildlife management or other related fields of study through the NC Wildlife Federation scholarship program. Working with NCWF, an NCWF selection committee including at least one Rocky River Trout Unlimited member is formed annually to review applications received by NC Wildlife Federation for scholarship funds, narrow the list to a few, then make a final selection as the recipient of the scholarship sponsored by Rocky River Trout Unlimited. The Chapter invites the scholarship recipient selected to come visit and often make a presentation at a Rocky River Trout Unlimited event during the year. Read more about past recipients supported by our Chapter by clicking here.
Boy Scouts of America - Fly Fishing Merit Badge
When the local councils for the Boys Scouts of America conduct a merit badge event, the Chapter will seek member volunteers to assist scouts in completing either the fishing or the fly fishing merit badge requirements. Even if you have little experience at fishing or fly fishing you are welcome to volunteer and learn along side a more experienced Chpater member.
5 Rivers College Outreach Program
The 5 Rivers College Outreach Program is part of Trout Unlimited's expanding Youth Education efforts. 5 Rivers promotes Trout Unlimited's mission on college and university campuses around the country. Tomorrow's conservation leaders are currently enrolled and on their way to becoming the scientists, policy makers, volunteers and anglers who will become the Trout Unlimited of the future. In order to sustain the success of its current protection and restoration of the country's coldwater resources, Trout Unlimited must not only share this work with college students but give them the tools and encouragement necessary to create a new generation of conservationists.