There are many facets of our education that have an impact on the community. They include Trout in the Classroom, Introductory Fly Fishing, Green Mountain Camp Scholarships and High School Scholarships
Bristol Boy Scouts, Fly Casting
Several of our members spent an evening with the Boy Scouts in Bristol. The scouts got a chance to use our clubs fly rods and received individual instruction in small groups.
Trout in the Classroom
This is a Trout Unlimited program in which Vermont Schools under the leadership of Joe Mark have become very active. There are now nearly 90 schools in Vermont participating. Here in Addison County we have 9 schools at present. The currently participating schools are in Middlebury (2), Bristol, Vergennes, Salisbury, Shoreham, Lincoln, and Ripton. Some are private, most are public. They include students from 3rd grade through 9th. In the past we have even had an AP Biology class of 11th and 12th graders.
To really understand Trout in the Classroom go to their Vermont website http://vermonttroutintheclassroom.weebly.com/tic-blog
The National Trout in the Classroom website is http://www.troutintheclassroom.org
Introductory Fly Fishing
The program itself is to try to encourage more women and children to join in the sport of fly fishing. We are also interested in helping any beginner get started with fly fishing. Our program is free to those interested. It includes time spent learning terminology and technique such as casting. Then we provide a guide to take the participants fishing to try out what has been learned. We finish the day with a picnic. This program is limited to 12 each year do to the available instructors. The sign up for this has not yet begun. We will put details on the website and advertise in The Addison Independent once our plans are finalized.
Green Mountain Summer Camps
A program which helps to send Elementary aged children to a summer camp. The three area middle schools each receive one $250 grant to send one student at no cost to them to the Green Mountain summer camp. The guidance councilors from the schools will choose the student to be awarded this scholarship.
High School Scholarships
We give three scholarships of $500 each to graduating senior students who plan to study Environmental Science. There is one scholarship for Middlebury Union HS, one for Mt. Abe HS and one for Vergennes Union HS. Here again the individual school, not the NHRAA will select the recipients.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Trout Plan
The plan can be accessed through the link below
Clean Water Initiative
On April 24th members of the NHRAA and representatives from Central TU, Mad Dog TU and Southwest TU Chapters held an event on the Statehouse lawn to raise awareness of Vermont's clean water concerns with our legislators. Pete Kutzer from Orvis as well as others offered casting assistance to those interested.