Conservation is our mission. The National IWLA pledge is “To strive for the purity of water, the clarity of the 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 man’s sharing in it. I pledge myself as a member of the Izaak Walton League of America.” The BCC-IWLA Chapter upholds these values by engaging in sustainable farming, forestry, wildlife management, and environmental education.
Conservation and Education are the primary focus of the BCC-IWLA’s mission. Whether it’s taking local Global Ecology students for an educational tour, educating new hunters, or even training prospective beekeepers, education is an integral part of our chapter. We partner with all levels of educational institutions to support research and learning.
We love the outdoors. Whether it’s shooting targets at the range, fishing in the pond, hunting in the fields, camping in the woods, hiking trails, or even cutting down our own Christmas trees, BCC-IWLA has opportunities for everyone looking to get outside. We are conveniently located 30 minutes from D.C. in Poolesville, MD.
Welcome to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America
Izaak Walton League members all share one major goal: to protect, use, and sustain America’s rich wildlife habitats and their resources to ensure a high quality of life for all people, now and in the future.
Conservation and Education are the primary focus of the BCC-IWLA’s mission. The C&E Committee meets as needed in the BCC-IWLA Chapterhouse, to plan & organize execution of each year’s conservation activities and events on the farm and at other locations around Maryland.
Ethical hunting strengthens the game species themselves, helps reestablish balance in the local food chain, improves the general public’s access to outdoor beauty, and provides an educational opportunity for young & old alike. Whitetail deer is the most common example of such a species that illustrates the benefits of ethical hunting, and the overall suffering that can occur without it.
Our conservation farm is managed for the benefit of local wildlife.