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Public Programs at the
Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center

The Pequest Natural Resource Education Center is now open for visitation on weekends
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. through the end of October.
Fishing and hunting licenses and permits sold 10:00 a.m.- Noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pequest will be closed Easter weekend, Friday April 18 through Sunday, April 20

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; 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.

Group programs are also available.

APRIL

Nature Nurtures
Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m.

Nature Nurture is a conservation education program for early learners ages 3 to 7. Each session incorporates a mix of story time through shared reading, a field investigation, games, and a craft and/or snack activity related to the topic.

Participation is limited and a parent or guardian must attend. Participants should dress for the weather as some sessions go outside. Separate registration is required for each session.

MAY

Nature Nurtures
Thursday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m.

Nature Nurture is a conservation education program for early learners ages 3 to 7. Each session incorporates a mix of story time through shared reading, a field investigation, games, and a craft and/or snack activity related to the topic.

Participation is limited and a parent or guardian must attend. Participants should dress for the weather as some sessions go outside. Separate registration is required for each session.

JUNE

Nature Nurtures
Thursday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Nature Nurture is a conservation education program for early learners ages 3 to 7. Each session incorporates a mix of story time through shared reading, a field investigation, games, and a craft and/or snack activity related to the topic.

Participation is limited and a parent or guardian must attend. Participants should dress for the weather as some sessions go outside. Separate registration is required for each session.

Great American Backyard Campout
Friday-Sunday, June 27-29

Join in the fun by venturing outdoors for the 9th annual Great American Backyard Campout sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. Rather than pitching your tent in your own backyard, why not join us under the stars at the Pequest Natural Resource Education Center pond as we share basic camping techniques, fishing, bird watching, an introduction to geocaching and campfire cooking skills. Once it gets dark we will explore the world of nocturnal animals, play games and much more. This is a great opportunity for creating lasting family memories.

This program is intended for families, preferably first-time campers or those new to camping. There will be a mandatory information session for registered families at 6:00 p.m. on June 20 to answer questions about the event, plan meals and to discuss what to bring. There is a $30 non-refundable registration fee payable to Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ to reserve your spot. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: registration information will be available in April.

 

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: April 7, 2014