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Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Training In May

March 12, 2014

Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs
May 16-18, 2014
Princeton Blairstown Center, Hardwick, NJ

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training for adult staff and volunteers of youth-centered community and/or faith-based organizations looking to offer an ongoing or year-round youth fishing, conservation and aquatic education program. HOFNOD is a great way to introduce youth to fishing, learning about their local water and other natural resources while supporting positive outdoor recreation activities and life skills. The program is flexible enough to be tailored to fit most organizations.

Participants of this training will be responsible for delivering the program to youth from beginning to end. Organizations that participate in the program are eligible to receive additional professional development in conservation education and angling skills, financial and in-kind support for program materials and supplies including subsidized educational field trips. Supplemental training can be requested for content like fly tying, fly fishing and discover diving.

To register, complete the online form linked below, print and mail or email to There is a non-refundable registration fee of $60 per person. Your registration fee includes:

  • Two nights lodging
  • Five meals (Saturday: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks; Sunday: breakfast, lunch and light snacks)
  • All workshop materials.
Friday evening dinner is on your own. Bring: sleeping bag, pillow and toiletries; water bottle; camera; dress for the weather as some activities will go outside; any necessary medications; muck shoes or old sneakers that you don't mind getting wet.

The registration deadline is Friday, May 9, 2014. Once your registration application and fee are received, a confirmation packet will be e-mailed to you detailing what to bring and to reserve your spot. The course fee includes: 2 days of instruction, teaching materials and equipment, overnight accommodations, and meals. Bring a water bottle, your favorite snack with extra to share, and dress for the weather as some activities will take place outside. Please submit payment with your registration. This is a rain or shine training.

Course Hours: Friday, May 16, check-in between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Course Hours: Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. start
Course Hours: Sunday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. to about 4:00 p.m.

To learn about HOFNOD, visit the HOFNOD In New Jersey page.

If you have questions contact Liz Jackson, program coordinator, at 908-637-4125 x122 or by e-mail at

HOFNOD Training Registration Form (pdf, 57kb)

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