Trout Unlimited awards $300 to Lindstrom for Allegheny College Creek Camp tuition

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry The Cornplanter Chapter #526 Trout Unlimited presents a check for $300 to Joe Lindstrom, a sophomore at Youngsville High School, toward his Creek Camp tuition. Pictured (from left) are: Mike Fadale, Scott Dyke, Randy Matson, Gary Finger, Will Champlin, Bill Bunce, Ray Sturdevant, Lindstrom, John Geiger, and Gary Kell.

During the school year, Joe Lindstrom helped Trout Unlimited with the Trout in the Classroom program at Youngsville High School.

This summer, Trout Unlimited is helping Lindstrom.

Lindstrom, finishing up his sophomore year, a year in which he was captain of the school’s Envirothon team, will attend Creek Camp this summer at Allegheny College.

Creek Camp is an extension of Creek Connections, a program that allows students to investigate and monitor their local streams. The program provides water quality tet kits as well as hands-on activities and programming.

In the Warren County School District, Youngsville High School (Brokenstraw Creek) and Beaty-Warren Middle School (Conewango Creek) participate in Creek Connections.

Lindstrom is taking the next step.

At Creek Camp, students live on campus for a week, while they studey freshwater ecology in regional streams, observe wildlife, and earn college credit.

“We are in and out of water each day and work in teams on projects,” according to a Creek Camp release.

The credits are transferable, Lindstrom said, but he doesn’t plan to have to transfer them. He plans to apply two to four credits from Creek Camp toward a biology major at Allegheny after graduating from Youngsville.

The education at Creek Camp lines up very well with Trout Unlimited’s mission: “to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.”

Trout Unlimited gave Lindstrom $300 toward his Creek Camp tuition on Tuesday.

“This young man has been very helpful at Youngsville with Trout in the Classroom,” Cornplanter Chapter #526 Trout Unlimited member and Trout in the Classroom Coordinator Gary Finger said. “So, we’re supporting him for his week at Creek Camp.”