Sebago TU is dedicated to helping develop the next generation of fisherman-conservations. The chapter has supported local age-appropriate youth education opportunities as they have presented themselves. Additionally, we have supported Maine TU Trout Camp over the years both financially and with volunteer staff.
Working with Maine Youth Camps
In 2016, as part of the Shepards River project, we launched a partnership with Camp Susan Curtis to educate underserved youth about the conservation of coldwater watersheds and fisheries. The week before we installed weirs on a feeder brook into the river, we led campers in a morning of fly casting instruction and fishing practice in Trout Pond. In the afternoon we took campers and staff on a site visit to our planned work on the Shepards and discussed the importance of stream restoration.
The health of our native fisheries, our watersheds and our environment depends on our young people participating in hands-on experiences in the outdoors. When you love something, you take care of it, and when we get kids outdoors on the water, having fun, they love it.
Please contact David Miller if you would like to get involved.
Maine Water Festival
spearheads chapter support for this May event that teaches 700 4th,
5th, and 6th grade students from Southern Maine about water quality and
ecology. Teacher feedback says: "By
far the most popular exhibit is fly tying.” 2017 was our
eighth year to participate, and with Joel's leadership and continued
volunteer support, it will not be our last.
Contact Joel if you'd like to help.
Starting Them Young on Trout
In 2013, Sebago TU’s Board of Directors authorized $1,500
to help underwrite first-run productions costs of "Fun With
Fontinalis", a children’s book written to inspire a love of fly fishing
and a devotion to wild trout conservation in the very young. This
book is lighthearted but informational and filled with vibrant,
colorful photos of trout that are sure to delight future anglers.
The project was the work of chapter members Emily Bastian and Tim
Since 2004, the Sebago Chapter has sponsored numerous fly-tying events with local Boy Scout troops. We also sponsored several other local events for kids and the general public. In 2004, the Sebago Chapter is also proud to donate $500.00 to the Maine TU Trout Camp. Along with the donation, many members have signed on to help out and organize the camp.
Here, Youth Education Chair Patrick O’Shea teamed with Eben Marsh to provide fly tying instruction for Scarborough’s Boy Scout Troop 39.
Every spring TU volunteers help schools all around southern Maine release the trout that they reared in their classrooms. These events are fun! We like to gets the kids streamside and give them some lessons in entomology and conservation, so they can understand the environment needed to support a brook trout population. Sometimes we will add some fly tying, casting or demonstrations on catch and release.
SebagoTU volunteers supported a casting clinic at the Portland Boys and Girls Club sponsored Kid’s Day held in Freeport on September 19, 2009. Volunteers included Nate Hintze (pictured above), Ray Coyle, Charlie Chapin, Dave Haskell, Kevin Lovenstein, Robert Pantel, Steve Heinz and Bill Olesczcuk.