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Programs and Events at the Pequest Trout Hatchery


Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m.

Licenses and permits are available for purchase. We accept credit card, debit card, check or money order. Make checks or money orders payable to NJ Fish and Wildlife.

Programs and Events at the Pequest Trout Hatchery

Behind the Scenes at the Pequest Hatchery (Facebook LIVE, 10/11/17)

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. All registration is done online.
  • 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, at a license agent, or online at

Pequest is hosting a few small programs that require registration as we head towards reopening. For updates, subscribe to the Education E-mail List.


Nature Nurtures

We Are Bears
June 8 @ 10:00 am

Join us for story and craft time! Each month, Pequest staff will read a nature-based book. After the story is done, we will create a craft with you to take home.

For ages 3-6 years. To register, go to

Let’s Go Fishing!*

An Intro to Fishing for Adults
June 15 @ 6:30 pm and June 22 @ 6:30 pm
Must attend both nights

Does a child in your life want to fish, but you’ve never learned how? Mom’s, Dad’s, caregivers please join us as we teach the basics of angling. Spend two evenings at Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford, NJ learning about equipment, techniques and tactics. At the end of this experience, you will know fishing basics and more importantly you will be prepared to teach children how to fish safely.

We provide the learning equipment, expertise and a trout stocked pond for this adventure.

Class size is limited 20 adults, 18 years and older.

*Must attend both nights.

To register, go to

Nature Explorers

June 20 @ 10:00 am

Join Fish and Wildlife staff to explore the wonders of nature through an outdoor activity. After being outdoors, come inside and make a craft to take home.

For ages 7-10 years. To register, please go to

Family Fishing Basics

June 21 @ 10:00 am

Bring your family to Pequest and learn to fish! We will discuss safety and ethics, equipment and its use. After the lesson, we will practice casting before heading to the Education Pond to try our hand at fishing.

All equipment will be supplied.

Children under 10 will need an adult to work with them.

To register, please go to

Intro to Fishing for Women

June 29 @ 10:00 am

Join Pequest staff as we learn the basics of fishing. We will discuss safety, ethics and equipment. Following the discussion, we will try our hand at casting and then put what we learned to use down on our Education Pond.

To register, please go to

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:

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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