2018 Education Opportunities

The Mission of Trout Unlimited is "To conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds."  One of the principal ways of achieving this mission is to help educate the youth of our state in the value of clean water, healthy fisheries, and enjoyment of our irreplaceable water resources and outdoor environs.  Over the past decade members of TU710 have introduced several thousand Nebraska kids to the joys of fishing.  Help us in this education initiative by becoming a member of Trout Unlimited.  And once you are a member, volunteer to help us with the education of our youth.
Volunteers from TU710 work closely with the Nebraska Game  & Parks (NGPC) Fisheries Division and participate in Outdoor Expos, Trout in the Classroom (TIC) outings, Family Fishing Nights, and other events where we work with kids to teach them how to fish, how to fly fish, how to appreciate good, clean water, and learn about the outdoors.  We encourage you to become a Certified Aquatic Education Instructor .  Training to become an Instructor is easy, fun and a brief committment of just a few hours in a single day for the training.  The NGPC is conducting Aquatic Education Instructor Training this spring.  The date is Saturday, April 21, 2018 and the venue is the NGPC Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N 44th St., Lincoln, NE.  If you are interested helping us with our education initiative please contact Larry Pape, (402) 471-5447 to sign up for this brief training.
Stay tuned for additional opportunities as the year unfolds.
Gene Kathol
TU710, Education Chair


A) NGPC Outdoor Discovery Programs

We had a number of members of Nebraska Trout Unlimited assisting with the Flyfishing and Flycasting activities at the 2017 Outdoor Discovery Programs at both Platte River State Park and Ft. Kearny SRA.  We had the opportunity to introduce hundreds of kids (and several adults in Ft. Kearny) to flyfishing...perhaps some of them will be our future members.  Perhaps you can think about helping us in 2018 at one or more of the Outdoor Discovery events.  They are typically held around the State at several locations: Platte River State Park, Scottsbluff, Ponca State Park, and Ft. Kearney State Park.   For the events to be held far from your home, overnight accomodations can be made.  Just contact the Education Chair, Gene Kathol at genefk@q.com for details or to volunteer.

B) NGPC Family Fishing Nights

There will be numerous Family Fishing Events in 2018.  We still plenty of volunteers to join other Nebraska TU members in helping out at these free events – perfect for people of all ages and experience levels. Look for the NGPC Family Fishing trailer; we’ll have loaner rods and reels, bait and fishing instruction available.  

All events 6 – 8 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. 

(Participants ages 16 and older will need a 2018 fishing license) 

Watch for 2018 dates at fisheries like, Omaha Benson Park, Papillion Halleck Park, Lincoln Holmes Lake, Bowling Lake, Carp-O-Rama at Branched Oak SRA, etc.

TU members who are certified with the NGPC as Aquatic Education Instructors will be present at many of these events to teach the elements of fly casting.  Please think about joining them.  The dates and locations are posted under the Fishing tab at the link to Nebraska Game & Parks or visit OutdoorNebraska.org/FamilyFishing to find us on Facebook to stay updated on additional events throughout the coming summer.

C) Trout in the Classroom Field Trips

The Trout in the Classroom Field Trips were a huge and growing success over the past few years and 2017 was no different.  We have introduced hundreds of kids from communities around the state to flyfishing and worked with the younger ones to help them catch fish with spinning gear.  With 74 schools participating this yearin TIC, we will continue to need many more volunteers for the 2018 season.  Please consider becomming a Certified Aquatic Education Instructor and helping us (see below).  In the Eastern part of the state, the TIC outings are held at Schramm State Park.

D) Become a Youth Fishing Instructor

Certified Youth Fishing Instructors receive:

  • Training and tools to instruct fishing clinics
  • Opportunities to volunteer at events like Outdoor Expos and Family Fishing Nights
  • Access to fishing equipment & educational materials for your own events
  • Program participation incentives      

To become a Certified Youth Fishing Instructor, contact Larry Pape (larry.pape@nebraska.gov or 402-471- 5447) .  Once you are Certified,  please notify the TU Chapter Education Chair, Gene Kathol (genefk@q.com or 402-290-4467) so we can  add you to the Chapter list of Certified Youth Fishing Instructors.   The next training is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the NGPC Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N 44th St., Lincoln, NE.

Watch this web page for updates as more dates and events are added to the schedule.  For additional information use the LINKS on the HOME page of TU710 or  visit the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC) web site.