Who We Are

The Izaak Walton League is one of America’s oldest and most successful conservation organizations – and we are the only organization training, equipping, and coordinating volunteer water quality monitors on a national scale. These volunteers are the heart and soul of our common-sense conservation mission. Through member-driven bottom-up governance, the Izaak Walton League is protecting outdoor America in communities across the country, while working strategically at the national level to win critical conservation battles.

A Century of Conservation Success

Over the past 100 years, the Izaak Walton League of America has been an extraordinary champion and defender of the nation’s soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife. Learn about our history of conservation leadership and how you can join us in our second century of success.

Learn about our first century of conservation leadership.

See milestones from our first hundred years.

Coining the phrase "Don't Be a Litterbug"

Support our future – donate to the 2nd Century Campaign!

Virtual River Dove


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Iconic Ikes: Gene Stratton-Porter

The Izaak Walton League's first century of conservation success was carried forward by committed heroes working together to defend America's natural resources. During our centennial celebrations, we're sharing their stories. Third in our series of iconic Ikes: Gene Stratton-Porter, an early leader who lent her skills and fame to conservation.

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Agriculture Resilience Act

See No Wetlands, Protect No Wetlands

It's American Wetlands Month! One easy fix to how wetlands are identified would ensure these vital natural resources get the protections they deserve – plus it would compensate farmers for being good stewards of their land and ensure taxpayers are funding responsible conservation instead of footing the bill for practices that damage our soil and water.

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Convention 2022

Join Us at the 2022 National Convention

2022 will be a momentous year for the Izaak Walton League of America as we celebrate our 100th anniversary. One of the highlights of that celebration will be our Centennial Convention. We'll go back to our roots in Illinois to reflect with pride on past accomplishments and look to the future of conservation and outdoor recreation.

All League members are invited to attend this historic event.

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Support Our Work

Join the League

The Izaak Walton League doesn't take a "doom and gloom" approach to conservation. We work for practical solutions that balance conservation with sustainable use of natural resources. Want to help find common-sense solutions to today's environmental problems? Join the League as a national member to support our conservation and advocacy work.

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Make a Donation

Stand with us to defend outdoor America's future. Together, we can protect healthy natural resources, pristine landscapes and our outdoor traditions. Your gift helps to make this future a reality.

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Combat Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic wasting disease is being found in more places and is now confirmed in wild deer and elk herds in 29 states and three Canadian provinces. It is critical that we take action to understand and combat CWD. Tell your senators to support this important bill today!

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