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Public Programs at the
Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center

The Pequest Natural Resource Education Center is open daily, including weekends, through the end of October.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is located on Rt. 46 nine miles west of Hackettstown in scenic Warren County. On-line directions are available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (excluding holidays) and for scheduled programs. Admission is free.

All programs require registration unless noted, and one adult per group must have a valid fishing license and trout stamp; programs not requiring registration are marked with an asterisk ( * ). Registration opens two weeks prior to the scheduled date. For registration or information call 908-637-4125 ext. 0.

Group programs are also available.

JULY

Family Fishing Basics
Wednesday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m.

In this fun-filled program, Pequest staff members will teach you and your family the basics of fishing. You'll learn safety tips, equipment, conservation ethics and correct casting methods. After a brief session of practice casting in our practice field, you'll have the opportunity to fish in our Education Pond, home of some giant trout! Families will be allowed to take home one fish per child to eat and we'll do the cleaning for you!

Fly Fishing Clinic for the Single Parent
Saturday, July 5 at 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Often, single parents have the desire to take their children fishing but lack the background skills or enough energy to do so. Join us for this hands-on, two-part family-oriented workshop geared for the single parent where we'll have lots of hands to help!

Part I will cover of basic fly tying skills and techniques to make attractive fly fishing lures, with each participant making at least one lure. After lunch, Part II will introduce the basics of fly fishing techniques, and participants will get to try their skills on the Pequest Education Pond.

SPACE IS LIMITED so register now. For more information, contact Liz Jackson at Liz.Jackson@dep.nj.gov.

Registrants should arrive by 9:45 a.m. There is a $15 fee per adult and $5 per child paid by cash or check payable to White Water Flies. This workshop is sponsored by NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife and White Water Flies.

Family Fishing Basics
Monday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m.

In this fun-filled program, Pequest staff members will teach you and your family the basics of fishing. You'll learn safety tips, equipment, conservation ethics and correct casting methods. After a brief session of practice casting in our practice field, you'll have the opportunity to fish in our Education Pond, home of some giant trout! Families will be allowed to take home one fish per child to eat and we'll do the cleaning for you!

Family Fishing Basics
Saturday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m.

In this fun-filled program, Pequest staff members will teach you and your family the basics of fishing. You'll learn safety tips, equipment, conservation ethics and correct casting methods. After a brief session of practice casting in our practice field, you'll have the opportunity to fish in our Education Pond, home of some giant trout! Families will be allowed to take home one fish per child to eat and we'll do the cleaning for you!

Neighbors of Trout
Sunday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m.

In this exciting program, Pequest staff will teach you all about New Jersey's trout neighbors. Explore what animals live and use the same waterways that trout do and learn how to identify their tracks. Take a look at their skulls and hides and learn about their biology in this engaging program. Join us on a river hike after a short indoor session as we look for signs of these animals in their natural habitat.

Moth Night CITO (Cache In Trash Out)
Wednesday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Join staff - before the Moth Night activity (below) that starts at 6:30 p.m. - as we hike the trails and bushwhack on the Pequest Wildlife Management Area in search of caches and to beautify the landscape. Bring a trail snack, water, work gloves, clippers, GPS enabled smartphone, and your enthusiasm. We will provide garbage bags. CITO participants will receive the first of many New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife collectable geocoins for their help with the trails. Dress for the weather; rain will cancel the CITO event. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by July 21.

For more information and to register, e-mail Liz.Jackson@dep.nj.gov.

Cache In Trash Out (CITO) is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community. Since 2002, geocachers around the world have been dedicated to improving parks and other cache-friendly places. Together, we make an enormous positive impact. Through your volunteer effort, you can help preserve the natural beauty of your local outdoor resources!

Moth Night Adventures
Wednesday, July 23, 6:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Please join us as we celebrate moths, biodiversity and the natural world around us. There will be a host of entomologists sharing their knowledge and photos and light stations for viewing moths found at Pequest after dark.

National Moth Week promotes the understanding and enjoyment of moths and raises awareness about biodiversity.

Moms and Kids Fishing Fun
Sunday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m.

In this fun-filled program, Pequest staff members will teach you and your mom the basics of fishing. You'll learn safety tips, equipment, conservation ethics and correct casting methods. After a brief session of practice casting in our practice field, you'll have the opportunity to fish in our Education Pond, home of some giant trout! Families will be allowed to take home one fish per child to eat and we'll do the cleaning for you!

Family Fishing Basics
Wednesday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m.

In this fun-filled program, Pequest staff members will teach you and your family the basics of fishing. You'll learn safety tips, equipment, conservation ethics and correct casting methods. After a brief session of practice casting in our practice field, you'll have the opportunity to fish in our Education Pond, home of some giant trout! Families will be allowed to take home one fish per child to eat and we'll do the cleaning for you!

AUGUST

Dads and Kids Fishing Fun
Saturday, August 2 at 10:30 a.m.

In this fun-filled program, Pequest staff members will teach you and your dad the basics of fishing. You'll learn safety tips, equipment, conservation ethics and correct casting methods. After a brief session of practice casting in our practice field, you'll have the opportunity to fish in our Education Pond, home of some giant trout! Families will be allowed to take home one fish per child to eat and we'll do the cleaning for you!

Family Fishing Basics
Sunday, August 3 at 10:30 a.m.

In this fun-filled program, Pequest staff members will teach you and your family the basics of fishing. You'll learn safety tips, equipment, conservation ethics and correct casting methods. After a brief session of practice casting in our practice field, you'll have the opportunity to fish in our Education Pond, home of some giant trout! Families will be allowed to take home one fish per child to eat and we'll do the cleaning for you!

Family Fishing Basics
Thursday, August 7 at 10:30 a.m.

In this fun-filled program, Pequest staff members will teach you and your family the basics of fishing. You'll learn safety tips, equipment, conservation ethics and correct casting methods. After a brief session of practice casting in our practice field, you'll have the opportunity to fish in our Education Pond, home of some giant trout! Families will be allowed to take home one fish per child to eat and we'll do the cleaning for you!

Beginner Fly Tying & Fishing Clinic
Saturday, August 9, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Fall in love with fishing by joining us for this all-day hands-on workshop. Greg Becker of White Water Flies and volunteers will guide you step-by-step through the intricate art of fly tying a wooly bugger and the mellifluous casting technique of fly fishing for trout. Learn a new skill you can practice for life!

Part I will cover basic fly tying to make attractive fly fishing lures. Each participant will make at least two lures. After lunch, Part II will introduce the basics of fly casting techniques, and participants will get to try their skills on the Pequest Education Pond. Participants 16 and older must have a valid fishing license with trout stamp.

For more information or to register call Greg at 201-230-5455. SPACE IS LIMITED so register now. Dress for the weather. Heavy rain will cancel.

Registrants should arrive by 9:45 a.m. There is a $15 fee per adult and $5 per child payable to White Water Flies. This workshop is sponsored by NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife and White Water Flies.

Trout Habitat Hike
Sunday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Pequest staff members in a hike along the Pequest River where you will learn about trout habitat and river ecology. You'll explore shelter, oxygen, water temperature, food and space in a fun, hands-on learning experience for the whole family.

Family Fishing Basics
Monday, August 18 at 10:30 a.m.

In this fun-filled program, Pequest staff members will teach you and your family the basics of fishing. You'll learn safety tips, equipment, conservation ethics and correct casting methods. After a brief session of practice casting in our practice field, you'll have the opportunity to fish in our Education Pond, home of some giant trout! Families will be allowed to take home one fish per child to eat and we'll do the cleaning for you!

 

Weather fans take note: The Pequest Trout Hatchery has become the newest link in Rutgers University's weather station network. The hatchery is now the site of one of 13 stations throughout the state that feed data to the state's weather and climate monitoring system. To view current weather conditions visit: http://climate.rutgers.edu/njwxnet/station.php?s=1029.

The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is located on Rt. 46 nine miles west of Hackettstown in scenic Warren County. On-line directions are available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) and admission is free.

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