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Hooked on Fishing, not on Drugs – Spring Session
April 10 @ 3:30 pm - June 14 @ 5:00 pm
Sign-ups for Ridge & Valley Conservancy’s spring session of “Hooked on Fishing, not on Drugs” (HOFNOD) community youth fishing program, took place on Tuesday, March 13th.
The spring session will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 – 5:30 pm, April 10th – June 14th at White Lake Natural Resource Area on Stillwater Road in Hardwick, NJ and is offered to middle school students, ages 12 – 15.
If you missed sign-ups for the spring session, be sure to check out information on the summer session here.
What is HOFNOD?
Aimed at supporting positive outdoor recreation activities and life skills, HOFNOD introduces young teens to fishing, while learning about their local water and natural resources. Adult-led lessons provide students with hands-on, real life nature experiences and incorporate peer teaching and mentoring in the process. HOFNOD translates directly to the importance of taking care of your own bodies by engaging in healthy activities and consuming healthy foods. The core message of the program is that a person doesn’t need to the use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs to have fun.
RVC’s preserve managers have undergone the required peer leader training to lead HOFNOD. Guest experts will be invited to teach supplemental sessions like fly tying and casting, kayaking and boating safety, the importance of local food and food preparation. RVC will partner with the Foodshed Alliance to add programs that involve learning about the preparation of fresh local food, and attaining life skills such as cooking a catch.
The program is funded by Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction (DEDR) Funds and coordinated by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which provide the curriculum, equipment and leader training. Equipment is provided by corporate sponsors.