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 and their families to the joys of fishing. Please contribute to this legacy by volunteering at one or more of the following events.

Lindsey Chizinski, Education Coordinator

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors March 10 and April 14 in Lincoln and May 8 2019 in Kearney.

The Lincoln certifications will be at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., from 2 to 6 p.m. The Kearney event will be held at the Fort Kearny State Historical Park Visitor Center from 6 to 9 p.m.

Fishing instructors will receive training and tools to conduct youth fishing clinics. These volunteers will have access to Nebraska Game and Parks’ loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events, as well as receive program incentives. They also are encouraged to volunteer for such Game and Parks programs as Family Fishing Nights and the Outdoor Expos.

To reserve a spot in these free workshops, contact Larry Pape at larry.pape@nebraska.gov.

Once you are certified as a Youth Fishing Instructor, please contact the Nebraska Trout Unlimited Youth Education Coordinator, Gene Kathol (genefk@q.com) and let us know.  We can then include you on the list of TU710 Youth Fishing Instructors and advise you periodically of opportunities where you can volunteer to help us expose kids to the joys of fishing or flyfishing.  Some of these opportunities are perhaps at streams, ponds or lakes near your local community, and may only be for a couple hours, some may be on a weekend, some on a weekday evening, and a few (Expos) are 2-3 day events at Platte River State Park, Ft. Kearney SRA, Ponca State Park, etc.  We have over 400 TU members in TU710, but less than a dozen Certified Fishing Instructors.  We would like to expand this list to 50 or more if possible, so we always have available volunteers.  Education is one the major initiatives of Nebraska Trout Unlimited and our members are the lifeblood of this initiative.  This rewarding experience can be done almost as frequently or infrequently as your free time and schedule allows.   Sometimes we work with smaller kids and just fish for panfish with a spinning outfit, hook bobber and worms.  Other times, we may introduce kids to flyfishing.  If you do not feel qualified to teach flyfishing we can help, or you can stick with spinning gear.  There is almost nothing as rewarding as teaching a youngster how to fish or fly fish and watching their faces light up when they have a “fish on”!  The future of cold-water trout fishing and all fishing rests with our youth, so please seriously consider joining us.

Gene Kathol
Nebraska Trout Unlimited, TU Chapter #710
Youth Education Coordinator


NGPC Trout in the Classroom field days are fast approaching and the coordinators are VERY SHORT on fishing instructors.  Responsibilities include helping students bait a hook, cast, and release fish. Lunch is provided. These take place on weekdays from 9 AM - 2 PM at Schramm Park in Gretna.  Dates are:

Tuesday, April 10
WednesdayApril 11
ThursdayApril 12
TuesdayApril 17
FridayApril 20
ThursdayApril 26
TuesdayMay 1
WednesdayMay 3

Please contact Alisha Grams to sign up.


On Saturday, April 14th DO-Space at 72nd & Dodge is hosting a Maker's Faire from 9 AM - 4 PM and TU 710 has reserved a booth to tie flies. TU 710 will provide all materials and equipment.  Currently we don't have anyone lined up to work this event.  If you are interested, please email Lindsey Chizinski.


TU 710 members lead middle- and high-school students in fly fishing and fly casting lessons at Boys Town near 144th & Dodge in Omaha on Fridays, June 5th - Aug 8th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.  Email Lindsey Chizinski if you can volunteer on some (or all!!!) of these dates.


Outdoor Expos take place at several locations: Platte River State Park, Scottsbluff, Ponca State Park, and Ft. Kearney State Park.   NGPC provides meals and accomodations for volunteers who travel to these events.  There are opportunities to instruct fly-casting and fishing sessions.  

Family Fishing nights are drop-in weeknight events that take place at urban lakes throughout the summer.  Fishing instructors are always welcome.

 Contact Larry Pape at 402-471-5447 or larry.pape@nebraska.gov for dates and details.