Get Help From IWLA

The Izaak Walton League’s national office staff can provide a variety of tools, resources, and support to help League chapters expand conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities, develop youth programs, increase community outreach, and improve fundraising efforts. E-mail chapters@iwla.org for assistance (unless otherwise indicated).

Conservation

  • Habitat Projects: League staff can assist chapters with aspects of on-the-ground habitat projects, including partnership building; finding technical experts; and developing a fundraising plan.
  • Stream Monitoring: League staff can provide onsite training for chapter volunteers and community volunteers. The League also offers printed and online stream monitoring resources, including how-to videos and a comprehensive manual for stream monitoring. E-mail sos@iwla.org.

Youth

  • Youth Programs: League staff can help chapter leaders establish or expand programs designed to engage youth and families. E-mail youth@iwla.org for more information. The League developed several youth-focused program models:
    • Tiny Ikes (T’Ikes) – Engages the youngest children (ages 2-5) and their families with simple outdoor activities, such as identifying colors in nature or listening to birds.
    • Creek Freaks – Uses local streams as living classrooms to engage youth ages 10-14. Integrates technology and hands-on learning using a wide range of water-based activities
    • Family Adventures in Nature (FAN) Clubs – Designed for the children of all ages, this program leverages social media and local partnerships to engage families throughout the community.
  • Additional Youth Activities – The League’s Engaging Youth in the Outdoors manual includes step-by step instruction for dozens of hands-on youth activities as well as guidance on establishing youth programs:

Outdoor Recreation

  • Shooting Range Development – Best management and safety practices for shooting ranges, information on state fish and wildlife agency funding sources and related requirements, and the basics of establishing shooting ranges for archery and bb gun/air rifle. 
  • Interpretive Nature Trail – Guidance on how to construct and maintain a walking trail with interpretive signs pertaining to the local ecosystem and native trees and wildlife.

Fundraising

  • Grant Writing 101 – League manuals provide details on the basics of grant research and the application process. League staff can directly support chapters by reviewing draft grant applications.
  • Funding Sources – League staff can provide tips about common sources of local funding, including community foundations, which frequently have simple applications for small grants. Information is also available about fundraising activities and events that other chapters have identified as successful.

Communications   

  • Social Media – IWLA staff can set up social media feeds (such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for chapters and​ instruct chapter leaders on how to use these channels effectively. E-mail web@iwla.org.
  • Community Outreach – Tools for chapters include IWLA fact sheets and pre-printed membership brochures, posters, and other products that can be used to raise chapter visibility. Visit the Marketing & PR Tools page under Chapter Resources.