Heroes of Conservation: Rockville (Maryland) Chapter member Ron Kuipers was one of six national finalists for the 2011 Field & Stream Hero of Conservation award. This marks the second straight year that a League member has been one of the finalists for this prestigious national award. Ron was being recognized for leading efforts to restore the American chestnut by developing nurseries at the Rockville chapter and throughout Maryland. You can view videos highlighting Ron's work on the Field & Stream Web site.
Sowing the Seeds of Conservation: The Des Moines Chapter (Iowa) is bringing agriculture to the inner city as part of an effort to increase community access to fresh, healthy foods. Chapter members till community gardens in low-income and urban neighborhoods. They also create urban prairies to increase garden production by attracting native pollinators and to improve the health and quality of local watersheds.
Youth Have a "Field Day": The Mountaineer Chapter (West Virginia) hosted another successful Youth Conservation Field Day in August. Thirty-four local youth turned out for a day filled with outdoor recreation and conservation education, including archery, shooting sports, animal tracking and identification, and water quality monitoring.
Outdoor Classroom: In April, the Warren County Chapter (Virginia) hosted an educational field trip for 70 fifth grade students from Rappahannock County Elementary School.
Reeling in River-Side Dumping: Members of the Mt. Airy and Rockville Chapters (Maryland) partnered to conduct the first in a series of Monocacy River watershed cleanups.
Junior Ikes Program Educates Future Conservation Leaders: The Brown County Chapter (Wisconsin) launched a youth conservation program to engage youth in the outdoors to help them appreciate – and want to protect – our natural resources.
Making “Tracks” To Engage Youth: The W.J. McCabe Chapter in Duluth (Minnesota) is making tracks at Lake Superior Zoo’s annual environmental education event.
Walk in the
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter (Maryland) members hosted 160 high school students for an "Interpretive Walk in the Woods." Through programs like this, League members are educating the next generation of conservationists.
The W.J. McCabe Chapter (Minnesota) partnered with the Duluth Retriever Club for a weekend focused on youth and youth mentoring.
Takes a Team To Clean
Up a Stream
The Arlington-Fairfax Chapter (Virginia) is leveraging local needs and interests that intersect with the chapter's conservation mission to increase manpower for cleanup and restoration projects.
A Community Meets Izaak
Field of Greens
The Austin Chapter #10 (Minnesota) is revitalizing the Cedar River . . . one rain garden at a time. What started as a field of non-native grass blossomed into a rain garden of prairie flowers and grasses that returned native habitat to Mill Pond.
for a Shot
At Frederick Chapter #1 (Maryland), League members combined Scouting, service, and shooting sports for a memorable outdoor fall weekend.
Have a Field Day
The Oil City Chapter (Pennsylvania) hosted almost 200 children ages 8-18 at the Venango County Youth Field Day, where youth participated in archery, fly tying, fishing, canoeing, wild turkey mock hunting, a fun run, shooting shotguns, and shooting .22 and black powder rifles.
Education . . . for
One critical aspect to educating children about conservation and natural resources is making sure their teachers have that education first. The Suffolk-Nansemond Chapter (Virginia) partnered with a local community college to do just that.
Skills and Friendships in a Summer Youth Trap
When state and national youth competitions finish up in the spring, youth are still eager to get outdoors to shoot. The Lincoln Chapter (Nebraska) came up with a way to keep youth engaged in their favorite sport and boost youth and family interest in the League.
Ikes across the country celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in April. The celebration at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter (Maryland) included chapter members, community guests, and distinguished representatives from local government.
Much of This Trash Is
The Wildlife Achievement Chapter (Maryland) has been engaged in a decades-long conservation effort in the Upper Patuxent River watershed. Chapter members also take out the trash as part of Montgomery County’s Adopt-A-Road program.
Join Forces for Missouri River
The League helped organize three major cleanups on the Missouri River this summer. Ikes turned out for all of them — and hauled in an impressive array of trash!
Fullerton Chapter (California) past president Bob Green came to a meeting of the League’s California Division 5 years ago with a proposal: Rebuild the amphitheater at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.
Under an April early morning sun, a large band of Bethesda-Chevy Chase (Maryland) Chapter members fanned out across one of the fields on the chapter’s 523-acre property. By that evening, they had planted more than 1,000 young trees. This effort was just the start of a long-term stewardship plan for the chapter’s Poolesville Farm property.
Outdoor Expo for Kids and
Sponsored by the Des Moines Chapter (Iowa), this free educational event is designed to strengthen connections to wildlife and wild lands by providing learning and participation opportunities that communicate the importance of wildlife and habitat management, teach outdoor skills, encourage outdoor ethical behavior and stewardship, and perpetuate Iowa’s hunting, fishing, and wildlife heritage.
Host Youth Field
With 1,100 acres of rolling mountain land, the Mountaineer Chapter (West Virginia) is ideally situated for a day introducing youth to the great outdoors.
Iowa: Joe Gavin, past president of the Des Moines Chapter, and Joe Beeman, Ames Chapter member, received the Sportsman of the Year award from the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and WHO Radio. The statewide award recognizes commitment to natural resources and the environment. These two Ikes are certainly not your average Joe’s!
Fun In Any
When you live in Michigan, the cold winters leave you with two options: Hide inside until spring, or bundle up and get outdoors to take advantage of the many opportunities for recreation the snow and ice offer. The Dwight Lydell Chapter (Michigan) helped their neighbors do the latter through the chapter’s annual Winterfest.
Season For All
With dedicated volunteers – and a little creative engineering – the Wayne County Chapter (Ohio) helps make mobility-impaired deer hunters’ dreams come true.
Conservation Center Brings Community
The Sunshine Chapter’s new Youth Conservation Center has been a community construction project that will benefit the whole community. The center will open its doors to outside conservation groups and serve the immediate community to promote the outdoors in South Dakota.