Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs is an interdisciplinary, hands-on supplemental program for youth in grades K-12. This program provides youngsters with more than a "Just Say NO!" response to the temptations of alcohol and drug abuse.
Through the sport of fishing and active learning about the aquatic environment, both classroom and drug prevention objectives are met. The free program is adaptable to a variety of instructional settings and geographic locations.
"Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs" was developed by the non-profit Future Fisherman Foundation, an arm of the American Sportfishing Association.
"Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs" motivates students, stimulates learning, strengthens family and peer relations and engages students in a challenging activity in an outdoor setting.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife sponsors and serves as a support agency for the program in New Jersey and provides literature, films and videos, field trip destinations, fishing equipment, technical advice and trained facilitators.
Students in grades K-12
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Pequest Natural Resource Education Center
605 Pequest Road
Oxford NJ 07863
HOFNOD Brochure pdf.
Upcoming HOFNOD Training Sessions!
Thursday/Friday, April 3 & 4: This workshop will take place in Hudson County. The registration fee is $30 to offset costs. This 2-day non-overnight seminar is a "crash course" in the reformed program for individuals interested in starting a club and have a strong handle on fishing/angling techniques. This session will focus on the conservation education content designed to help meet the legislative mandate of "…sustained engagement and learning about fishing, aquatic and other natural resources…".
Friday-Sunday, May 16-18: This workshop will take place at the Princeton-Blairstown Center, Hardwick NJ. The registration fee is $60 and includes meals, lodging and helps offset costs. This 2-day overnight training is designed for individuals who meet the above criteria BUT: need/want to work on their angling skills; want to learn fly fishing, kayaking, and experience of teaching the basics of conservation education at a relaxed pace in an awesome setting!! Space is limited.