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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.

JUNE

Senior Fishing Rodeo - FULL
Friday, June 14
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 (NJ residents age 70 and over are exempt from license/stamp requirements). Come a few minutes early and purchase your license and trout stamp at the front desk when you sign in.

Pollinator Week Logo Pollinator Program
Saturday, June 22
11:00 a.m.

This special Saturday program will focus on pollinators and their importance in the ecoysystem - as well as the perils they face. Endangered and Nongame Species Program biologist Rob Somes will conduct the program and highlight pollinator conservation on state lands and provide some butterfly gardening information. Attendees will see examples of "bee huts" they can make or obtain online. Sponsored by the Mansfield Twp. Environmental Commission and funded with an open space stewardship grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions.
NOTE: The facility will remain closed and only program registrants will be admitted.

Family Fishing Basics
Monday, June 24
10:30 a.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 come a few minutes early and buy yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Fly Fishing 101- Introduction to Basics - FULL
Friday, June 28
10:00 a.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.

JULY

Family Fishing Basics
Tuesday, July 2
10:30 a.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 come a few minutes early and buy yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Family Fishing Basics
Wednesday, July 10
10:30 a.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 come a few minutes early and buy yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Fly Fishing 102 - Presentations for Success
Friday, July 12
10:00 a.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.

Twilight Bat Hike
Friday, July 12
7:30 p.m.

Join us on a 2-3 mile guided hike over moderate terrain with a NJ Woodland Steward as we look for the creatures of the twilight: moths, lightning bugs and bats! Learn about natural bat habitat and why some bats are in jeopardy. A short informal presentation will precede the hike.

Wear comfortable shoes. Bug spray is recommended but PLEASE apply before arriving at the trout hatchery. For ages 8 and above.

Family Fishing Basics
Thursday, July 18
10:30 a.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 come a few minutes early and buy yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Fly Fishing 103- Advanced Moving Water Techniques
Friday, July 19
10:00 a.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.

Family Fishing Basics
Friday, July 26
10:30 a.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 come a few minutes early and buy yours at the front desk when you sign in.

AUGUST

Family Fishing Basics
Thursday, August 1
10:30 a.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 come a few minutes early and buy yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Family Fishing Basics
Wednesday, August 7
10:30 a.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 come a few minutes early and buy yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Family Fishing Basics
Tuesday, August 13
10:30 a.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 come a few minutes early and buy yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Family Fishing Basics
Monday, August 19
10:30 a.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 come a few minutes early and buy yours at the front desk when you sign in.

Family Fishing Basics
Wednesday, August 28
10:30 a.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 come a few minutes early and buy yours at the front desk when you sign in.

 

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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Last Updated: June 14, 2019