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Hooked on Fishing...Not on Drugs

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.

Target Audience(s)
Students in grades K-12

Additional Information
Division of Fish and Wildlife
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Pequest Natural Resource Education Center
605 Pequest Road
Oxford NJ 07863
Phone: 908-637-4125
Fax: 908-637-6735
HOFNOD Brochure pdf.

Upcoming HOFNOD Training Sessions!

November 6-8, 2015 at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education
7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, New Jersey 08758

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a free 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training for teachers, staff and volunteers of schools, 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 water 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 of this training will be responsible for delivering the program to youth from beginning to end. Organizations that participate in the program are eligible to receive: additional professional development in conservation education and angling skills, in-kind support for program materials and supplies including subsidized educational field trips. Supplemental experiences can be requested for content like lure-making, fly tying, and kayak fishing.

There is a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot. To register, complete the online form linked below, print and return with your check payable to NJDFW to:
Liz Jackson, HOFNOD Coordinator
NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife
605 Pequest Road
Oxford, NJ 07863
Attn: Nov 6-8

Your participation includes: two nights lodging, five meals (Saturday: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks; Sunday: breakfast, lunch and light snacks) and all workshop materials. Bring: sleeping bag, pillow and toiletries; water bottle and/or coffee cup; camera; dress for the weather as some activities will go outside; any necessary medications; muck shoes or old sneakers that you don't mind getting wet and two 2-liter soda bottles.

Once your registration is received, a confirmation email will be sent to you. This is a rain or shine training, however an extreme rain event will postpone. Registration is required.

Arrive Friday evening: November 6th check-in 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Dinner is on your own)
Course: Saturday, November 7th 9:00 a.m. to about 8:00 p.m.
Course: Sunday, November 8th 9:00 a.m. to about 4:00 p.m.

To learn more about HOFNOD, visit If you have questions, contact Liz Jackson at (908) 637-4125 x122 or by e-mail at

HOFNOD Training Registration Form (docx)