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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 or online at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com.

JUNE

Pequest Open House and Sportsmen's Flea Market
Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Every year the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center opens its doors to the public for the annual Open House, which usually takes place the weekend before Trout Season opens; in 2018 it has been postponed to June 2 & 3 due to snow cover and adverse ground conditions. The Open House is free of charge and is held rain or shine.

This event is great for people of all ages and there are so many things to see and do throughout the day. The Open House allows the Division to show off the trout we raise at the state-of-the-art Pequest Trout Hatchery and it serves as a reminder that spring has just arrived.

Each year, thousands of people come to the hatchery to experience this event for themselves. And each year, the Division strives to make this a bigger event than the year before. This year we will be inviting many different outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists to join us in our celebrations. There will be numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, historical reenactors, wildlife artists, carvers and taxidermists with goods and services to sell.

Activities include fishing for kids between the ages of 4 and 16, archery ranges for those aged 10 years and above, hunter education (pre-registration required), and more. A sportsmen's flea market will be open so you can purchase what you need to get started or to stock up for the upcoming fishing and hunting seasons.

Food vendors will also participate or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy our picnic groves. Please leave pets at home - only service dogs are permitted on site.

The Open House is a great way for people of all ages to celebrate spring's arrival. Families, friends, scout troops, church groups, fishing clubs and anyone else who enjoys the outdoors are encouraged to spend a day at this event!

Please note that the rear entrance is closed during Open House. There is no bus parking available.

JULY

Family Fishing Basics
Monday, July 9
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 July 17
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.

Pequest WMA 3rd Annual Twilight Creature Crawl & Bat Hike!
Friday, July 20
7:30 p.m.

Take a Friday night twilight hike at Pequest Trout Hatchery! Come on a guided walk with a NJ Woodland Steward on the trails as we look for the creatures of the twilight: moths, lightning bugs and bats! Learn about natural bat habitat and why bats are in serious decline. A short informal presentation will precede the hike.

Hike will be limited to 25 participants ages 8 and up. Wear comfortable shoes. Distance is between 2-3 miles over easy to moderate terrain. Preregistration is required. Bug spray is recommended for ticks but PLEASE apply before arriving at the hatchery.

Family Fishing Basics
Thursday, 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
Friday, August 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.

Family Fishing Basics
Thursday, August 16
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 21
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 27
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 13, 2018