The Division of Fish and Wildlife offers a year-round line of programming for schools and organized groups at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center. All programs are designed to support most major subject areas in grades pre-K - 12 while teaching about wildlife and the environment, and can be used to meet state standards for core course proficiencies as well as scout badge requirements.
Hikes focusing on wildlife habitat and natural resources, sessions on river ecology, fishing, biology and many other programs are offered.
All programs are geared to be fun, hands-on learning experiences that participants are sure to enjoy.
For program details, see the descriptions below.
Guidelines for Booking a Program
Programs must be:
- Booked at least one month in advance
- Scheduled between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- For groups between 10 - 25 students; requests for groups of up to 50 are welcome for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.
- If requesting multiple program dates, please complete one form for each date.
On the Day of Your Program
- A non-refundable program deposit of $50 is required for each date you are scheduled for, and must be received within one month after receiving confirmation of the program date.
Groups Are Expected To:
- Programs are taught outside; dress for the weather.
- You may have lunch at our outdoor picnic areas, but you must take your garbage with you.
- Wear long pants, appropriate footwear, hats and sunglasses to protect you from the elements.
- Group leaders and chaperones are expected to assist students with activities.
- Notify us in advance of any special needs or considerations for your group.
- Arrive on time. Lateness will not be tolerated. Please contact us if delayed while en route.
- Arrive with at least the minimum number of students, but no more than the number scheduled for.
- Behave. Group leaders are responsible for maintaining discipline.
- Treat our equipment respectfully, as though it is your own.
- Cancel with a minimum of 48 hours notice if you need to do so.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. How far in advance can I schedule my group program?
A. Program scheduling begins on January 2 of the year in which you wish to bring a group.
Q. Can I schedule a program for my Scouts?
A. Any organized group can schedule a program as long as they meet the program requirements listed above.
Q. Do you accommodate special needs groups, or individuals with a disability in a group?
A. Yes, provided you notify us at the time a program is scheduled so we can provide the best possible experience for your group.
Q. Can I schedule my group for multiple days?
A. Groups are welcome to visit the facility no more than twice a year.
Q. If I schedule my group for multiple dates, do I need multiple deposits?
A. No, but the deposit amount must reflect the number of dates you are scheduled to visit the hatchery. If you repeatedly fail to meet the rules and guidelines expected of your group, you might not be allowed to return for future programs and the deposit will not be refunded.
Q. Can I pay with a credit card?
A. No. We are only able to take checks.
Q. Can I send a personal check?
A. Personal checks are welcome, as long as you realize that the check will be kept.
Q. Can you come to our site for a program?
A. Programs are provided at the Pequest site only.
SCHEDULE A PROGRAM
To schedule a trip for your group use the Pequest Group Program Registration Form.
Questions? E-mail the program coordinator with any questions.
|Trout Habitat Exploration
||Hike along the Pequest River looking at the river ecology and explore what makes the river a good home for trout. We will take a hands-on look at shelter, oxygen, water temperature, food and space in the river.
||5 - 12
||April - October
||Learn the basics of fishing – equipment set-up, knot tying, casting and more. This hands-on session will give you all the basics that you need to go fishing on your own. Presentation will be followed by an actual fishing experience at the Education Pond.
||3 - 12
||April - October
||Take a tour of the Pequest Trout Hatchery where more than 700,000 trout are raised each year! The program includes a session on identification and biology, a 15-minute video showing behind-the- scenes operations at the facility and will end with a guided tour of the hatchery grounds.
||K - 12
|Fish Fun Games
||Learn about the habits of fish through a variety of hands-on games that will educate you about fish, their biology, their habits and some of the challenges that they face in rivers and ponds.
||K - 12
||A hands-on introduction to the wildlife of New Jersey. Learn about these amazing animals and how to identify them through their skulls, hides, tracks and some of their vocalizations.
||K - 12
||Hydrology is the study of water – its distribution and water cycle. Understanding the science of hydrology will give us a better insight into trout habitat and how humans can affect waterways. We’ll look at watersheds, water cycles and human impacts on our waters.
||K - 12
||Children have an innate interest in wildlife and the natural world around them. This reading program jump-starts their imagination about diverse animals and habitats using stories, songs and hands-on craft activities. Students will observe the natural world in a short walk at Pequest and learn about a specific wildlife species.
||3 – 5 years
||Students will visit three distinct habitats on the Pequest Wildlife Management Area. In this Session students will distinguish between three distinct habitats (upland field, forest and wetland), recognize that wildlife is dependent on the vegetation and define concepts such as succession, biodiversity, carrying capacity and species richness.
||4 – 12
||2 - 3 hours
Public programs are also offered at Pequest.