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Fish & Wildlife Volunteers — Fish Education & Hunter Education Programs

9-year-old Sierra with the bluegill sunfish she caught on a frozen Morris County pond.
A frozen Morris County pond gave up this bluegill sunfish to smiling 9-year-old Sierra.

Volunteers Needed To Get Kids Hooked On Fishing!

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife needs volunteers at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center to teach youths about fishing.

Teaching experience is helpful—but not required—to become a fishing education instructor. However, enthusiasm, energy and the desire to teach children proper fishing techniques and ethics is a must!

Fishing classes run from April through October. Interested applicants must become a Wildlife Conservation Corps (WCC) volunteer. Download a WCC application from our website at: NJFishandWildlife.com/wcchome.htm.

Share the pleasures of fishing and pass on a conservation ethic to the next generation. Become a fishing education instructor today!

For more information on Fish and Wildlife’s fishing education programs, call Jessica Griglak at 908-637-4125 ext. 115, or e-mail Jessica.Griglak@dep.nj.gov.


Instructors Needed! Become an instructor with Fish and Wildlife’s Hunter Education Program.

Our Hunter Education Unit wants New Jersey’s best ­sportsmen and sportswomen to become ­instructors at locations where students take the test and field course after first having completed the home study portion. A minimum of six weekend days each year are required.

Call 856-629-0552

Leave your name and address to receive an application.

Or visit our website: NJFishandWildlife.com

Sedge Island Programs — Summer 2022

Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center is offering a variety of programs in the summer of 2022 for students, adults and families. Come connect with the beauty of Barnegat Bay while learning about salt marsh ecology through fishing, clamming, and discovering what's edible in the bay!

Visit NJFishandWildlife.com/sedge_summer.htm for details, date and cost or contact Karen Byrne at Karen.Byrne@dep.nj.gov.

New Jersey is Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs

The Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs program will:

  • Teach kids fishing and create opportunities to expose them to aquatic ecology, freshwater and marine careers
  • Build self-esteem and confidence
  • Develop problem-solving skills about their local environment
  • Nurture outdoor recreation skills to avoid the pitfalls of drug and alcohol use

For information e-mail hofnod@dep.nj.gov.

Visit us on the web at NJFishandWildlife.com/hofnodnj.htm.

Trout in the Classroom (TIC)

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a science-based program that teaches children the importance of coldwater conservation through a hands-on learning approach. More than 40,000 New Jersey students participate in the TIC program annually.

Schools receive trout eggs in October from our Pequest Trout Hatchery. Students hatch and raise the trout, monitor water quality, learn fish biology, anatomy and much more as part of this cross-curricular, hands-on format. At the end of the school year students release their fish into approved streams.

Trout in the Classroom is an exciting, inexpensive program enlivening year-round curricula nationwide. For more information about the TIC program, visit NJFishandWildlife.com/tic.htm.