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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.

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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Last Updated: August 2, 2014