Outdoor Recreation

Sustainable outdoor recreation means enjoying our natural resources today while ensuring future generations can enjoy them as well. Some of the ways League members enjoy the outdoors include camping, fishing, hiking, recreational shooting sports, and wildlife watching. 

National Fishing and Boating Week event; Photo credit: USFWS Fisheries


Fishing is a great way to relax and enjoy some time outdoors. It's also a great way to protect fish habitat!

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Photo credit: USFWS


For some Americans, hunting is a family tradition – a way to spend time together outdoors and build a greater appreciation for nature. For others, it's a sustainable way to put healthy food on the table. Hunting is also about conservation.

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Outdoor Ethics

League chapters offer programs focused on educating and supporting ethical behavior among all outdoor users, particularly gun owners and hunters, to ensure the safety of others, protect the environment, and conserve fish and wildlife for future generations.

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Photo credit: Izaak Walton League of America

Shooting Sports

The League is working to maintain access to – and promote responsible use of – shooting ranges on public lands. League chapters also own and operate more than 100 shooting ranges across the country.

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Two children outdoors. Photo credit: Izaak Walton League.

Youth & Families

Nature play can be an antidote to childhood epidemics from obesity to attention deficit disorder. Sharing these experiences with their families gives children a sense of well-being and the confidence to connect with the world around them.

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National Parks

The national park system is more than America’s best idea – it’s the Declaration of Independence applied to our national landscape. Follow along with us as we explore our National Parks.

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