Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, the only environmental nonprofit dedicated solely to preserving and protecting the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries, has made connecting young people with our water a priority in the new decade. The organization’s silver anniversary in 2019 was not only a celebration of 25 years of keeping watch over our waters but also served as an opportunity for the established nonprofit to make a commitment to the next 25 years and the people that will protect the river in the future.
CRK is creating new opportunities to engage, inspire, and activate the next generation of conservationists and lovers of the great outdoors, an initiative the organization has dubbed Water Warriors. Programs like CRK’s floating classrooms have already demonstrated the profound impact that connecting children with water can have; this, along with the Water Warriors campaign, aims to connect children to the environment in a fun and exciting way as well as connect them with each other.
Available to Water Warriors are quarterly events that celebrate the significance of young people and the environment. Part of this initiative will be the 2nd Annual All Girls Fly Fishing Workshop, a day on the river filled with fly fishing, educational lessons, and fun.
Hosted by Unicoi Outfitters, the event will take place on Saturday, April 11 in Helen, Ga. Participants will experience an entomology lesson and learn about conservation, casting lessons, the anatomy of a fly rod, and various knots needed in fly fishing. Lunch is also included. Sponsors of the All-Girls Fish include The Orvis Company, DUN Magazine and Georgia Women Fly Fishers.
The All-Girls Fish is open to young girls, ages 5-18. The Orvis Company has generously donated fly rods for use by participants, but waders are not included. To register your young aspiring fly angler, text 5050ONTHEWATER to 41444.