To conserve, maintain, protect, and restore the soil, forest, water, and other natural resources of the United States and other lands; to promote means and opportunities for the education of the public with respect to such resources and their enjoyment and wholesome utilization.
The Izaak Walton League was formed in 1922 to save outdoor America for future generations. The League's founders, who were avid anglers and loved the outdoors, named the organization after Izaak Walton, the 17th century author of The Compleat Angler, a classic book about the art and spirit of fishing. We are one of the earliest conservation organizations to set an aggressive course to defend wild America by changing public policy. Almost every major, successful conservation program that America has in place today can be traced directly to a League activity or initiative.
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 our sharing of it, I pledge myself as a member of the Izaak Walton League of America.
Five things that distinguish the Izaak Walton League, from other environmental organizations:
Since 1937 our Chapter has been on the shores of Bush Lake. Our beautiful location, on such a beautiful lake with all the great surrounding woodlands and wetlands, reminds us of the need to protect, preserve and restore our natural resources for future generations. Bush Lake has great water quality because of past local actions to keep it clean. It's an awesome lake for kayaking, canoeing, swimming and other low-footprint recreational activities. Twenty minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul and you can be kayaking next to a loon on a lake that you can see down 15’ and feel like you’re alone up north - there are very few places like this left in the metropolitan area.
Our chapter is composed of volunteers who enjoy and respect the outdoors and get together to advocate for common-sense approaches to issues and policies that affect the environment that we live in and appreciate. We educate ourselves on conservation issues and help organize actions and outreach to the public.
With chapter membership dues we help provide funding for youth outdoor experiences, scholarships for college students, and community conservation projects. We also participate in water-quality sampling in area lakes and streams, habitat restoration projects, community litter cleanups, and other hands-on conservation projects.
We welcome all who are conservation minded to become members.