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There are many opportunities available if you want to give a traditional outdoor sport a try yourself, introduce someone new to the outdoors or get involved with a conservation organization’s outdoor program.

Many of these organizations offer outdoor programs for outdoorsmen and -women and youth. Check out the organizations below to find one of most interest to you!

Please help us better connect others to traditional outdoor sports and submit your national, state or local program or organization.

American Fishing Foundation
A non-profit organization formed to provide unique and meaningful sport fishing opportunities and experiences that will appeal to anyone who enjoys the outdoors and the environment in its most natural state.

American Sportfishing Association
The American Sportfishing Association is the sportfishing industry’s trade association.

Angler's Legacy
Connect with anglers just like you! Anglers' Legacy is all about simply giving back what you've been given, and making your promise to introduce somebody new to the activity that you love.

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)
AFWA represents the government agencies responsible for North America's fish and wildlife resources.

Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society (B.A.S.S.)
Information on Bass fishing and providing unique up-to-date information.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman
BOW is an outdoor skills program that offers women a chance to grow.

Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl.

International Federation of Fly Fishers
International service organization dedicated to the betterment of the sport of fly fishing through conservation and education.

Foundation for North American Wild Sheep
To promote and enhance increasing populations of indigenous wild sheep, safeguard against decline or extinction, fund programs for professional management of these populations.

Frost Valley YMCA  A year-round camp, education and family conference center in the Catskill Mountains set on 6,000 acres of privately managed land offering seasonal outdoor sporting memberships to individuals and groups interested in safe, ethical hunting, fly fishing, hiking and archery (3D and indoor).

International Hunter Education Association
If you are a new hunter, or want to learn about firearms and gun safety, visit IHEA.

Izaak Walton League of America
Dedicated to common-sense solutions to protecting our country's natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.

National 4-H Shooting Sports
Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more.

National Archery in the Schools Program
Designed to teach International style target archery in physical education classes 4th-12th grades, core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement.

National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association
Provides a uniform, international, fundamental muzzleloading program to assist organizations and individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for an enjoyable and safe muzzleloading experience.

National Rifle Association's Women on Target
Our mission is to "create opportunities, encourage, educate, and mentor women's responsible participation in the recreational shooting and hunting sports.

National Rifle Association Youth Programs
NRA Youth Programs offer many opportunities for youths who are interested in the shooting sports and our firearms heritage.

National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the shooting, hunting and firearms industry.

National Skeet Shooting Association
The largest organization in the world dedicated solely to the sport of skeet shooting.

National Sporting Clays Association
The NSCA is dedicated to the development of the sport at all levels of participation and vows to create an atmosphere of healthy competition and meaningful fellowship within its membership.

National Wild Turkey Federation’s JAKES
Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship.

National Wild Turkey Federation's Women in the Outdoors
The Women in the Outdoors program is about learning new skills, meeting new people and spending time with family and friends.

National Wildlife Federation
Inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.

Pass it On--Outdoor Mentors
Matching caring adults with a passion for the outdoors with children that want to learn about the outdoors...that's what the Pass It On program is about in a nutshell.

Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever is proud of its rich background on the education front - educating not only the youth of tomorrow, but also the adults of today - both young and old!

Quail Unlimited
QU Junior COVEY is an outdoor educational experience for youth that strives to teach responsible use of our renewable natural resources.

Quality Deer Management Association
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring a high-quality and sustainable future for white-tailed deer and white-tailed deer hunting.

Take Me Fishing
A nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating and thereby increase public awareness and appreciation of the need for protecting, conserving and restoring this nation's aquatic natural resources.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
RMEF’s mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat.

Ruffed Grouse Society
Conservation is our main mission. Hunters were the first conservationists and the Ruffed Grouse Society and its members continue that great tradition.

Safari Club International Youth Education
Youth Education Seminars (YES) Outdoors is a joint effort of Safari Club International Foundation and Cabela's focusing on youth outdoor education. Youth Education Seminars are targeted at reaching today's youth through a multitude of outdoor activities. These events will be presented at Cabela's store locations.

Step Outside
A program that encourages current outdoor enthusiasts to introduce family, friends and special guests to traditional outdoor sports.

The Weatherby Foundation
To educate the non-hunting public on the beneficial role of ethical sport hunting and its contribution to wildlife conservation.

Tread Lightly!                                       
A nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship. 

Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, Trailblazers
Designed to expose families to outdoor activities during the Trailblazer Adventure Day and offer them the chance to engage in the activities through the year-long Trailmaster mentoring program.

Wonders of Wildlife
Educational fish and Wildlife museum and aquarium whose mission is to educate, inform and entertain visitors concerning the value of fish and wildlife, to help them appreciate our heritage of hunting and fishing, and to motivate their personal involvement in the conservation of our outdoor resources.