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Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Team Leader Training In May


October 10, 2018

Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Team Leader Training Workshop
May 17-19, 2019
Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education
7th Street & Navajo Drive
Waretown, New Jersey 08758

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will host 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 waters 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 in this training will be responsible for delivering the program to youth from beginning to end over the course of 22 or more sessions. Organizations that participate in the program are eligible to receive additional professional development in conservation education and angling skills and in-kind support for program materials and supplies including subsidized educational field trips. Supplemental training can be requested for content like fly tying and kayaking.

There is a $40 non-refundable deposit to hold your space and to off-set training costs.

To register, complete the online form, print and return with your check made payable to Lighthouse Center to:

Liz Jackson, HOFNOD Coordinator
NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife
605 Pequest Road
Oxford, NJ 07863
Attn: 5/17-19/19 HOFNOD Training

Your participation includes: two nights lodging, five meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks; Sunday breakfast, lunch and light snacks) and all workshop activities and materials. Please bring a sleeping bag or bedding, pillow and toiletries; a water bottle and/or coffee cup; a camera; any necessary medications, weather appropriate clothing and muck shoes or old sneakers that you don't mind getting wet. Please dress for the weather as some activities will be outside.

Once your registration is received, a confirmation email will be sent to you. This is a rain or shine training and registration is required.

Arrive Friday evening, May 17. Check-in 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Course: Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. to about 8:00 p.m.
Course: Sunday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. to about 4:00 p.m.

To learn more 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, 105kb)

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