Registration open for Mercer County ‘hooked on fishing’ program for kids

The Mercer County Park Commission will hold the Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Mercer chapter at the Tulpehaking Nature Center this spring. Children can participate 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.

The youth education program was created by the Future Fisherman Foundation, which 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.  

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. Contact 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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