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Sign up now for youth fishing program at nature center

Post Date:02/21/2019 2:11 PM
TRENTON—The Mercer County Park Commission will continue to hold the Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) Mercer chapter at the Tulpehaking Nature Center this spring after a successful fall session. Children participated in an assortment of activities including catching and identifying macro-invertebrates, creating unique gyotaku fish art, and going on a kayak adventure. Each class meeting concluded with fishing in a lake or reservoir.

HOFNOD is a youth education program created by the Future Fisherman Foundation that works in partnership with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. The goal of this free program is to encourage children ages 8-14 to avoid tobacco, drug, and alcohol use by providing alternative activities while having fun. Participants can learn to fish, discover aquatic and environmental resources, and develop positive life skills.

“Today’s kids need an avenue into the outdoors,” Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said. “This program provides a safe environment where kids can learn beneficial new skills.”

This program will take place on Saturdays from April 13 through June 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. and is limited to 15 children. Those interested can register today by contacting the nature center at (609) 888-3218. The deadline to register is March 23.

The Tulpehaking Nature Center is located at 157 Westcott Ave. in Hamilton. It is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The nature center is temporarily closed Sundays until further notice.

The nature center provides programs and exhibits that encourage visitors to explore and discover the many cultural, historic and natural resources of the Abbott Marshlands. It is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission.

For more information about the HOFNOD Mercer program, nature center programs and schedule of events, go to www.mercercountyparks.org or call (609) 888-3218 or email naturecenter@mercercounty.org.
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