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Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Training In November


October 7, 2015

Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Training Workshop
November 6-8, 2015
Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a free 2-day Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training for adult staff and volunteers of 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 while learning about their local waters and other natural resources while supporting positive outdoor recreation activities and life skills. The program can be tailored to fit most organizations.

Participants will be responsible for delivering the program from beginning to end over the course of 24 or more sessions. 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 training can be requested for fly tying, kayaking, diving and other activities.

There is a $50 deposit to reserve a spot for the training; those registered but not attending will have their deposit donated to the program and not refunded. To register, complete the online form linked below, print and return with your check payable to NJDFW to:

Space is limited. To register, complete the online form linked below, e-mail or print and return to:

Liz Jackson, HOFNOD Coordinator
NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife
605 Pequest Road
Oxford, NJ 07863
Attn: November 6-8
Training includes: two nights lodging, five meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks; Sunday breakfast, lunch and light snacks) and all workshop materials. Participants need to provide: sleeping bag or bedding, pillow and toiletries; water bottle and/or coffee cup; camera; clothing appropriate for the weather as some activities will go outside; and 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 e-mail will be sent.

This is a rain or shine training, however an extreme rain event will postpone. Registration is required.

Workshop Schedule

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

To learn about HOFNOD, visit the HOFNOD In New Jersey page.

Questions can be directed to Liz Jackson at 908-637-4125 x122 or by e-mail at

HOFNOD Training Registration Form (pdf, 50kb)

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