Hiking here is a golden opportunity for teaching children about natural resources and proving to them that corn doesn’t come from a can but is grown in row after row of open fields. After the hike visit the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, where approximately 600,000 brown, rainbow, and brook trout are raised annually as stock for the state’s waterways.
A self-guided tour leads to the nursery building and an observation deck overlooking concrete raceways, where trout are kept until they’re large enough to be released. Inside the center, try your skill at the hands-on exhibits. If you bring a fishing rod, keep in mind that between late May and early October only artificial lures and flies are allowed along the special trout conservation stretch. A fishing license and trout stamp are required for those over fourteen years of age, except during the annual “Free Fishing Days” in June.
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