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Programs and Events at the Pequest Trout Hatchery

 
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The public is invited to learn about New Jersey's fish and wildlife resources and ways to enjoy them through special programs and events at Pequest. Take advantage of these unique opportunities and get outdoors!
  • All programs require registration; registration opens two weeks prior to program date. For registration or information call 908-637-4125 ext. 0.

  • All programs and special events, including parking, are FREE unless otherwise noted.

  • Events are held rain or shine outdoors so dress for the weather.

  • Programs and special events at Pequest are supported through the sale of fishing and hunting licenses and related stamps. In order to help us continue to offer programs and special events, participants are encouraged to purchase a fishing license at the Natural Resource Education Center, at a license agent, or online at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com.

APRIL

Turkey Hunting Seminar and Calling Clinic
Saturday, April 4
2:00 p.m.. - 4:00 p.m.

This program will be conducted by Bob Eriksen, retired NJ wildlife biologist and avid turkey hunter. Bob will cover the agency's Wild Turkey Restoration Project, the life history of the state's largest and smartest game bird, and share some excellent tips for beginners and experienced turkey hunters.

There will also be a calling clinic conducted by members of the NJ Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation immediately following the seminar. The clinic is oriented for youngsters aged 10 to 18 but is open to all individuals, and will demonstrate the use of box, slate, and air operated turkey calls.

Registration opens March 23 for this program and is required.

Trout are Made of Trees Hike
Wednesday, April 15
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join our staff for a reading of Trout are Made of Trees, followed by a tree-inspired craft. After the craft, we will take a short hike on one of our trails to look at some of the trees at Pequest. This hike is open to everyone but is most appropriate for youth 6 years or less.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register. Limited to four (4) registrants per family.

Family Fishing Basics
Friday, April 17
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of fishing in this hands-on session. Topics will include fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more. Discussions will be followed by an actual trout fishing experience in our Education Pond. This program is geared for ages 8 years and above. Younger children are welcome to participate with direct adult assistance. All equipment is provided for the program. You supply the nightcrawlers. We recommend that at least one adult per family has a fishing license, so purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.
Limited to four (4) registrants per family.

Tree ID Hike
Friday, April 24
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join our staff on one of Pequest's trails as we look at the trees that are commonly found on site. Learn how to identify the trees and some of their common uses, while enjoying a brisk hike on a moderate trail.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.
Limited to four (4) registrants per family.

MAY

Senior Fishing Rodeo
Friday, May 8
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a morning of fishing around the Pequest Education Pond. The pond has stairs down to the water's edge and a fishing platform (limited space) for those in wheelchairs. Whether you still fish, used to fish or want to learn - we would love to share our expertise with you. Bring your chairs, equipment and nightcrawlers and get excited about fishing again. This program is open to people aged 65 and above who hold a valid NJ fishing license and trout stamp. Purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.

JUNE

Fly Fishing 101- Introduction to Basics
Friday, June 5
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This class is for beginners new the art of fly fishing. Rig up and get started! Class will cover knots to tie, lines to run and how to attain the proper balance and cast. No equipment needed. Once you get the hang of it, you'll try your hand at fly fishing the education pond. Purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.

Fly Fishing 102 - Presentations for Success
Friday, June 12
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This class is an intermediate fly fishing class. Learn when and how to use sub-surface nymphs, streamers, top-water dry flies and poppers. A look into the art and craft of "matching the hatch". Try what you've learned on the education pond. No equipment needed. No prior class is necessary. Purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.

Fly Fishing 103- Advanced Moving Water Techniques
Friday, June 19
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This is an advanced fly fishing class. Grab your waders and test all you have learned with a two-hour session on fly selection, reading the water and tempting trout along the Pequest Trout Conservation Area. Waders, license and trout stamp are required. Flies, equipment and terminal tackle will be provided. No prior class necessary. Purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.

Family Fishing Basics
Friday, June 26
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of fishing in this hands-on session. Topics will include fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more. Discussions will be followed by an actual trout fishing experience in our Education Pond. This program is geared for ages 8 years and above. Younger children are welcome to participate with direct adult assistance. All equipment is provided for the program. You supply the nightcrawlers. We recommend that at least one adult per family has a fishing license, so purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.
Limited to four (4) registrants per family.

JULY

Family Fishing Basics
Thursday, July 2
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of fishing in this hands-on session. Topics will include fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more. Discussions will be followed by an actual trout fishing experience in our Education Pond. This program is geared for ages 8 years and above. Younger children are welcome to participate with direct adult assistance. All equipment is provided for the program. You supply the nightcrawlers. We recommend that at least one adult per family has a fishing license, so purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.
Limited to four (4) registrants per family.

Family Fishing Basics
Monday, July 13
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of fishing in this hands-on session. Topics will include fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more. Discussions will be followed by an actual trout fishing experience in our Education Pond. This program is geared for ages 8 years and above. Younger children are welcome to participate with direct adult assistance. All equipment is provided for the program. You supply the nightcrawlers. We recommend that at least one adult per family has a fishing license, so purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.
Limited to four (4) registrants per family.

Family Fishing Basics
Tuesday, July 21
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of fishing in this hands-on session. Topics will include fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more. Discussions will be followed by an actual trout fishing experience in our Education Pond. This program is geared for ages 8 years and above. Younger children are welcome to participate with direct adult assistance. All equipment is provided for the program. You supply the nightcrawlers. We recommend that at least one adult per family has a fishing license, so purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.
Limited to four (4) registrants per family.

Family Fishing Basics
Wednesday, July 29
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of fishing in this hands-on session. Topics will include fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more. Discussions will be followed by an actual trout fishing experience in our Education Pond. This program is geared for ages 8 years and above. Younger children are welcome to participate with direct adult assistance. All equipment is provided for the program. You supply the nightcrawlers. We recommend that at least one adult per family has a fishing license, so purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.
Limited to four (4) registrants per family.

AUGUST

Family Fishing Basics
Friday, August 14
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of fishing in this hands-on session. Topics will include fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more. Discussions will be followed by an actual trout fishing experience in our Education Pond. This program is geared for ages 8 years and above. Younger children are welcome to participate with direct adult assistance. All equipment is provided for the program. You supply the nightcrawlers. We recommend that at least one adult per family has a fishing license, so purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.
Limited to four (4) registrants per family.

Family Fishing Basics
Thursday, August 20
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of fishing in this hands-on session. Topics will include fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more. Discussions will be followed by an actual trout fishing experience in our Education Pond. This program is geared for ages 8 years and above. Younger children are welcome to participate with direct adult assistance. All equipment is provided for the program. You supply the nightcrawlers. We recommend that at least one adult per family has a fishing license, so purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.
Limited to four (4) registrants per family.

Family Fishing Basics
Wednesday, August 26
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of fishing in this hands-on session. Topics will include fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more. Discussions will be followed by an actual trout fishing experience in our Education Pond. This program is geared for ages 8 years and above. Younger children are welcome to participate with direct adult assistance. All equipment is provided for the program. You supply the nightcrawlers. We recommend that at least one adult per family has a fishing license, so purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.
Limited to four (4) registrants per family.

SEPTEMBER

Family Fishing Basics
Tuesday, September 1
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of fishing in this hands-on session. Topics will include fish biology and identification, casting techniques, equipment, knot tying and more. Discussions will be followed by an actual trout fishing experience in our Education Pond. This program is geared for ages 8 years and above. Younger children are welcome to participate with direct adult assistance. All equipment is provided for the program. You supply the nightcrawlers. We recommend that at least one adult per family has a fishing license, so purchase your license and trout stamp online or arrive a few minutes early and get yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.
Limited to four (4) registrants per family.

Senior Fishing Rodeo
Friday, September 11
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a morning of fishing around the Pequest Education Pond. The pond has stairs down to the water's edge and a fishing platform (limited space) for those in wheelchairs. Whether you still fish, used to fish or want to learn - we would love to share our expertise with you. Bring your chairs, equipment and nightcrawlers and get excited about fishing again. This program is open to people aged 65 and above who hold a valid NJ fishing license and trout stamp. Come a few minutes early and purchase your fishing license and trout stamp at our front desk when you sign in.

Registration opens two weeks prior to program date. Please call 908-637-4125 ext. 0 to register.

 

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: www.njweather.org/station/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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