The Aldo Leopold Chapter understands that the future of conservation rests in the hands of today’s youth. Thus, the chapter feels it is important to make sure that those hands spend ample time cradling a shotgun or planting food plots and not just holding a video game controller all the time. To accomplish this, the chapter sponsors or hosts a variety of events throughout the year to get youth involved in the outdoors.
- Each year, the chapter co-hosts the Outdoor Youth Jamboree where youth spend a day learning all about the outdoors through activities ranging from canoeing to wildlife identification to archery to shotgun and rifle shooting. Lunch is provided and every youth goes home with a tee shirt and prizes.
- The chapter also sponsors Hunter Education classes each year which are hosted by Des Moines County Conservation.
- The chapter has been instrumental in starting youth shooting sports in Des Moines County. In 2012, it helped get the 4-H Shooting Sports club started and in 2013 it helped start the Burlington High School Trapshooting Club, the first school-based shooting club in Des Moines County. Today, every kid in the county from 6th through 12th grade has the opportunity to participate in shooting sports. They can even continue with the sport at the local community college.
Our newest initiative is a new take on mentoring called Hook & Hunt University (HHU). More details coming soon…