We invite you to join in the fun of running the Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Many of our Officers, Committee Chairs and members enjoy rewards of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling what takes place for our members and between the public and other chapters. The volunteer opportunities described below are divided by Chapter Opportunities, Stream Projects, and Youth Programs. To volunteer, contact our Officers or Committee Chairs. Or let us know your interests by filling out and mailing the Volunteer and Donation Form. It is a truly rewarding way to give back! Volunteer to fill one of our current vacancies.
If you are not already a member, please do your part and become an active member by coming to our next first-Thursday-of-the-month Chapter Meeting or e-mail our Membership Chair.
Below, chapter volunteers Barry Fry, Bob Betts, Suzanne Malone and Howard Olsen pose after helping with camp Special Love, a camp for families of, and children with, cancer and HIV/AIDS held at the 4-H Center in Front Royal, VA. Fly-fishing is offered through the combined efforts of wonderful volunteers from several TU chapters, Rapidan, Northern Shenandoah and the Northern Virginia.
Northern Virginia Chapter Trout Unlimited assists City of Herndon with their annual Herndon Annual Kids Fishing Derby, which is usually on Saturday, mid-March, 7am - noon, at Sugarland Run Stream, located off Herndon Parkway. Herndon provides all the equipment (poles, tackle, bait, etc.), but you are welcome to bring your own. Our volunteers help the kids get started; clean their catch, etc. Herndon stocks the stream with Brown trout, and even put in a few "Champion" fish, that, when caught, earn a prize!
Our members also assist the Arlington County Park Department in clean up and trout stocking of Four Mile Run in preparation of the annual "Kids Only Opening Day", mid-March, in Bonair Park. Members assist new fishermen and their parents in rigging up their new fishing rods - fresh out of the package, and providing assistance in where and how to fish.
Some of our members have taken special courses run by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) to train instructors so they can teach people how to fish. Taking that a step further, our members are leaders in annual "Kids Fishing Day" held in Alexandria in June. Again working with VDGIF, the U.S. Interior Department, and the Alexandria Kiwanis Club, our members help kids get ready for a day of cat-fishing at a local improvement. Many of these kids, typically from low-income families, have never fished a day in their lives yet after a few hours of instruction their going after catfish provided by VDGIF. There"s even a filleting table setup so they can take their catch home for supper.