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The Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited and GARNA (Greater Arkansas River Nature Association) are teaming up with Buena Vista Recreation for another year of Stream Explorers to connect youth to the river in their backyard.

The program is for middle schoolers, grades five through eight, and meets four Saturdays: April 10, 17, 24 and May 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The last session runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

Stream Explorers learn about local water ecosystems and get to fish for the trout that inhabit them. Photo: Collegiate Peaks Trout Unlimited.

Stream Explorers is a statewide Trout Unlimited curriculum that introduces stream ecology, fly tying and fly fishing.  It provides opportunities for youth to have several hands-on, science-oriented experiences with living aquatic organisms as well as developing basic fly-tying and fly-fishing skills.

Through these personal experiences, the goal is for students to develop a rudimentary understanding of the beauty, complexity, and dynamics of aquatic ecosystems and the fish they support.

Stream Explorers meets at the Buena Vista Community Center. The program is free, but registration is required, and spots are limited.  Register online at or call 719-539-5106.