Hiroto "Hiro" Hayashi

Engagement Strategist / Project Manager

Hiroto is a writer, photographer, and outdoor educator.

Early in his college years, Hiroto explored why his friends, peers, teachers, and mentors felt connected to the outdoors. If he could figure that out, maybe he could spark that same passion in other people.

Realizing the value of inspiring experiences, Hiroto pursued and graduated with a B.S. degree in English and minors in professional writing and outdoor education from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. He believes there are two ways to provide these intrinsically motivating experiences — vicariously through media, and explicitly through programs and events. His mission led him to work with state and local agencies, magazines, and many small businesses providing outreach, teaching courses, planning events, managing social media, writing articles, and editing print and digital copy.

When he is not working, he is invariably dabbling in a suite of activities under the wide umbrella of outdoor recreation and nature-based skills. Fishing has always been first on this list. If you’re looking for him, look towards the water first. And bring your rod.

Skills & Expertise
Essay and Feature Writing
Content Development
Outdoor Education and Interpretation
Lifestyle and Documentary Photography

317 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Mishawaka, IN 46545
United States

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Hiro Hayashi
DJ Case and Associates


Joined DJ Case and Associates

Joined DJ Case and Associates as an engagement strategist and project manager. 

Freelance Writing


Published Writing and Photography

Published Writing

  • Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine
  • Florida Sportsman Magazine
  • Minnesota Trout Unlimited
  • The Fly Fish Journal 
  • The Sun
  • Everest News
Fishing For All


Fishing For All Outreach Coordinator and Media Manager

Joined Fishing For All as Outreach Coordinator and Media Manager running social media, bi-weekly newsletter, outreach programs, guide trips, and partnerships

Black Hills State University


Bachelor of Science in English

Graduated from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD with a Bachelor of Science in English and minors in Outdoor Education and Professional Writing.


The TEFL Academy


DEAC Accredited Level 5 TEFL Certification

Certified as a Level 5 "Teaching English as a Foreign Language" Instructor with The TEFL Academy Program 

South Dakota Master Naturalist


Certified South Dakota Master Naturalist

Certified as South Dakota Master Naturalist with state's first ever master naturalist cohort.

National Association For Interpretation


National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide

Certified as an official NAI CIG

Minnesota Trout Unlimited


Minnesota Trout Unlimited Chapter FSI and Educator

  • Fishing Skills Instructor, Social Media Manager, and Environmental Educator
  • Implemented watershed and R3 education in Greater Minneapolis Area
  • Worked with MNTU's Trout In the Classroom education program
  • Developed media coverage of historical stream improvement sites
  • Shot and edited photography and videography concerning fishing skills and aquatic insect ID
Collegiate Outdoor Program Leader


Collegiate Outdoor Program Leader

Certified Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program Leader (COLP) for fishing programming