Izaak Walton League Chapters
In more than 250 communities across the United States, our chapters advance the mission of the Izaak Walton League by restoring watersheds, reducing air pollution, fighting litter, protecting wildlife habitat and open spaces, and instilling conservation ethics in outdoor recreationists. Ikes across the country are enjoying and protecting America's outdoors!
NEW! Charitable Conservation and Education Activities Questionnaire: Keyable PDF of this annual two-page questionnnaire for chapters and divisions under the League's 501(c)(3) umbrella. New this year: sample activities!
2013 IWLA National
Volunteers are the heart of the Izaak Walton League. Each year, we recognize oustanding contributions from our member volunteers and their partners in the community in protecting America's outdoors for future generations. These awards were announced at the July 2013 IWLA national convention:
- National Awards: These individuals and organizations from across the country made significant contributions to conserving outdoor America.
- Defenders Chapter Achievement Awards: Recognizes chapters that exemplify the IWLA motto: "Defenders of soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife."
- Membership Awards: Looking for tips on recruiting and retaining members? These award-winning chapters may have the answers!
54 Founders Award: This is the League's highest honor, given to an individual, group, or organization judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the conservation of America's natural and renewable resources. Read the full list of 54 Founders Award winners since the first award was announced in 1949, including the 2012 award winner, who was announced at the 2013 national convention.
Young Ikes Activity Books and Fun Sheets: These youth-focused materials help children understand the natural world around them and what they can do to conserve our natural resources. Products include
- Activity books, available in vibrant color on 100% recycled paper, filled with games and puzzles designed to educate and encourage future conservation leaders.
- One-page "fun sheets," designed to print out easily from your home computer.
Find a Chapter: Find a chapter near you and join today.
See our Chapter Tools page for other items and discounted merchandise!
Adventure in Ohio
The Wayne County Chapter (Ohio) brings the outdoors to life at a Kids Adventure Camp, where youth ages 8 to 13 spent the weekend learning about nature and building a love of the outdoors.
The Sioux Falls Chapter (South Dakota) hosted Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 582 to test the water quality of local waterways and learn about local ecosystems.
The Rockville (Maryland) Chapter's American chestnut orchard reached a major milestone: pollination. Chapter member Ron Kuipers led other volunteers through the painstaking process of pollinating individual flowers and harvesting the resulting chestnuts to help keep breeding orchards going while scientists work to overcome the disastrous chestnut blight.
The Sioux Falls Chapter (South Dakota) needed a facility for Save Our Streams workshops. So chapter member Roger Parham designed a classroom tailored to the program and worked with local organizations and volunteers to create a new community resource.
Ikes from Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota joined forces to work with youth and families at the seventh annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo in Ponca State Park.
The W.J. McCabe Chapter (Minnesota) works with community partners to offer two Youth Outdoor Expos each year to interest kids in hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities and provide a primer on required skills.
The Floyd County Chapter (Iowa) made fireworks of its own at the Charles City Fourth of July Parade this summer with an Ike-themed float that reflects the chapter's community service connections.
Members of the Floyd County Chapter (Iowa) commemorated the two loves of a long-time member – aviation and conservation – by planting a wildflower prairie in his name at the local airport.
a Space for Outdoor
History lives on at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase (Maryland) Chapter, where League members are working to restore a centuries-old log cabin for use as a conservation classroom.
Chapter Achievement Award
To acknowledge our most outstanding chapters, the League presents annual chapter achievement awards. These award-winnning chapters showcase the depth of the conservation commitment among Izaak Walton League members.
Izaak Walton League Member
"To strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of the land and its resources; to know the beauty and understanding of nature and the value of wildlife, woodlands, and open space; to the preservation of this heritage and to man's sharing in it.
I pledge myself as a member of the Izaak Walton League of America."