To conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watersheds.

Our emphasis is on cold water stream preservation and restoration, including actions to cool urban storm-water that reaches our local streams, improving stream water quality and fish habitat. Some of our activities include bass and other warm-water fish when our urban streams become too warm for trout due to the summer storm-water runoff from our hot roofs, parking lots ,and streets that enters our streams with little or no filtering or cooling.


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!

Stream restoration

Northern Virginia lacks cold water streams. We assist stocking of local streams during cold weather months. Additionally, NVATU works with TU chapters from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania to assist in their cold water conservation projects.


Trout In The Classroom

Trout in the Classroom is a conservation-oriented environmental education program for elementary, middle, and high school students. Through the school year, students raise trout from eggs to fry and then release them into approved cold water streams and lakes. This act of raising, monitoring, and caring for young trout fosters a conservation ethic within participating students and promotes an understanding of their shared water resources.