About a month ago my friend Nick called me up and asked if I would do a volunteer photography day for an event @colorado_trout_unlimited was doing with inner-city kids from Denver this week. Having no idea what Trout Unlimited was, all I heard was “fly-fishing” and “kids” and I was in.
The kids were high school and incoming college freshmen from Colorado’s #environmentallearningforkids program. They spend their summers teaching younger kids around the Denver area about fishing & learning about environmental stewardship, watersheds, and outdoor recreation. I’m probably missing a big chunk - but the plan is to interview a few of them so I’ll fill you in more later.
But HOLY MOLY, these kids are phenomenal! So intelligent, driven, friendly, fun-loving, and socially conscious. Minutes in we were already talking about diversity and equity in the outdoors, and how they’re roll models sharing the outdoor space with other people of color, females, minority groups.
We learned so much about Colorado watersheds and Trout species from a volunteer TU member, and then we all went to the river to practice fly-fishing!
It was an incredibly rewarding experience; I learned so much more than how to cast, and feel incredibly inspired by these kids. I mean, how freaking cool are they and is E.L.K.?!?
So next time you have the opportunity - #optoutside, #volunteer, and #learn. I promise you won’t regret it!