Although not a zoo, we have included The Pequest Trout Hatchery because it is a great learning resource for kids and adults alike in NJ.
The Pequest Trout Hatchery, located in scenic Warren County, is a state-of-the-art Natural Resource Education Center where you can learn about fish and wildlife in our great state.
Visitors will see how more than 600,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout are raised each year for stocking the public waters of New Jersey.
A self-guided tour allows visitors to see where the trout are actually raised. The exhibit hall contains live fish as well as a display of mounted New Jersey wildlife specimens. The entire facility is barrier-free.
Children (and even adults!) will find the interactive displays fun as well as educational. Learn about soil and birds of prey, eagle nesting sites and so much more. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the hiking trails, including the self-guided interpretive "Natural Resources Trail". Many opportunities exist for hunting, hiking, fishing and birding on the 4000-acre Pequest Wildlife Management Area.
In the visitor's center, you can obtain free literature, pamphlets, coloring books and more information about all of New Jersey's wildlife! Learn the facts about our black bears, deer populations, owls, badgers, turkeys, and more. Get up close and personal with a trout, learn about their entire life and how important trout are to our waters. Use the Trail Guides to learn about poison ivy, tree identification, and how to follow trails while walking in the woods.
The Trout Hatchery is open Monday through Friday 10 am - 4 pm with free admission.