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New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo
The New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo is a free event designed for visitors to discover ways to appreciate and enjoy the outdoors.
The New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo is the maturation of the Wildlife Heritage Festival, which the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has hosted since 2002 at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center in Oxford, NJ.
The Wildlife Heritage Festival was held on the last Saturday in September to recognize and celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day and to increase awareness and a sense of stewardship in participants toward New Jersey’s fish and wildlife resources. The attending public had the opportunity to: try their hand at shooting sports, practice spin casting techniques and learn about New Jersey’s natural history along with a host of other environmentally relevant content.
In an effort to broaden the scope of the Wildlife Heritage Festival to include non-consumptive activities and a larger diversity of outdoor recreation instruction, the Department’s Division of Fish and Wildlife partnered with the Division of Parks and Forestry and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey to hold the first New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo in September 2010.
This larger Expo event still coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day and is held in a centrally located part of the state, at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, in order to be accessible to residents throughout New Jersey.
The New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo is an exciting way to feature the state’s hunting, fishing and wildlife watching heritage. The event aims to educate participants about meaningful conservation and outdoor safety practices while fostering environmental stewardship and ethics in an effort to get more children, families and other groups into the great outdoors.
The Expo seeks to help people connect with the natural world by providing a unique blend of conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills and activities. Visitors can learn about and try a wide array of activities including fishing, hiking, shooting sports, kayaking, rock climbing, camping, wildlife watching and much more.
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