Welcome to the Zane Grey Chapter

Zane Grey Trout Unlimited (ZGTU) is a non-profit organization established to protect, enhance and restore coldwater fishing resources in Arizona. Established in 1985, ZGTU was named in honor of Zane Grey honoring the renowned author who resided in Arizona during part of his life. He wrote prolifically on the variety of fishing and the outdoors he enjoyed.

ZGTU’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore Arizona’s trout fisheries and their watersheds. ZGTU accomplishes this mission through the efforts of dedicated volunteers on local and state levels, along with other TU chapters and conservation organizations.

Join us at a monthly meeting held on the first Thursday at 7:00p.m. at the Bass Pro Shop, 1133 N. Dobson Road, Mesa in the 2nd floor conference room. Contact any board member for questions and additional information.

Trout Unlimited in Arizona

Zane Grey Chapter of Trout Unlimited – Conservation In action.


To conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.


By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild cold water fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

Check out the TU Conservation in Action PowerPoint.


The goal of this program is to immerse third through twelfth grade students in a science- based, hands-on learning opportunity (classroom setting), with repetitive exposure to trout, their life cycle, and their effects on the ecosystem.  This, in turn, will help encourage a lifelong respect for natural resources. Trout-In-the-Classroom (TIC) is a conservation-focused, natural resource/environmental education program which allows students, throughout the school year to:

  • Raise trout from egg to fry.
  • Monitor tank water quality.
  • Learn to appreciate water resources and the importance of cold-water conservation.
  • Begin to foster a conservation way of thinking.
  • Begin to understand and appreciate ecosystems.
  • Apply science, math standards and concepts to real-world applications.
  • Potential to engage in stream and lake habitat study.

One of the many reasons for enrolling in the program is the diversity of subject matter that teachers can integrate into their lesson plans through raising trout. During the year, each teacher can tailor the program to fit his/her own curriculum needs. TIC is a cross-curricular program that can easily help teachers cover S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) as well as art, reading, language arts, social studies, and even Arizona’s history. This unique learning experience allows students the opportunity to raise, care for and maintain the trout in their classroom starting in the fall through the end of the school year. At the conclusion of the school year the trout will be picked up by TIC volunteers.

The TIC program has many interdisciplinary applications and connects all students (urban, suburban, rural) to their community by reinforcing the importance of water and wildlife conservation.

Program sponsors and support for teachers in the Arizona Trout-In-the-Classroom program is a combined effort between the Arizona Trout Unlimited Council, Arizona Chapters of Trout Unlimited, Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, Arizona Game and Fish Department and supporting volunteers.===> For more information

Arizona Sportsman for Wild Life Conservation

Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate and inform sportsmen, wildlife conservation organizations throughout the state and the public at large on important issues related to wildlife and wildlife habitat and to provide, via grants or other sources, funding to conserve Arizona’s wildlife populations through habitat enhancement initiatives.  The AZSFWC is responsible for managing the conservation license plate program (Wildlife Conservation Habitat Fund). The fund is derived from the sale of wildlife conservation license plates and member organizations as well as non-member organizations are eligible to apply for those funds.