Looking for a fun and rewarding way to contribute to your community and local fisheries management? Then volunteer with the NHCFH – there’s something for everyone!
As a community-based, not-for-profit organization, the operation of our facility relies on the contributions of volunteers. We welcome the support and skills of all volunteers that are willing to assist with daily operations (caring for the fish is the fun part) as well as administrative functions like fundraising and reporting (behind-the-scenes but necessary).
If you are interested in learning more, drop by the hatchery on a Tuesday morning to speak to any of the volunteers, or call us to arrange a tour. We’d love to have you join us!
The list of individuals and businesses that support our hatchery program and fundraising efforts is too lengthy to include here (and we don’t want to miss anyone unintentionally), but we are most grateful for the support and contributions of each and every one! Thank you for your generosity!
There are some key partners that we acknowledge play a big part in ongoing hatchery operations:
- North Hastings High School – NOS and NERDS programs
- Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry
- Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association
- Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters – Community Hatchery Program
- Bancroft Area Stewardship Council
- North Hastings Community Integration Association and Duncan Wilson
- Numerous local cottage associations
One of the objectives of the hatchery from the onset has been to provide educational opportunities for students to learn about fish culture and sustainable fisheries management. This continues to be a priority for the hatchery, as we provide numerous opportunities for youth to be involved in hands-on fish rearing activities.
Students from the 2 outdoors courses at North Hastings High School (NOS and NERDS) attend the hatchery on a weekly basis to assist with fish rearing and inventory tasks. They also conduct fin clipping prior to stocking, and assist with releasing the fish into local lakes. An added bonus for the students is they also learn to tie flies and receive a fly fishing demonstration from our resident experts!
Students at 2 local elementary schools are also learning about fish production on a smaller scale in their own classrooms. Thanks to donations of tanks and equipment from the North Hastings Wildlife Association, classes at Coe Hill Public School and York River Public School are raising lake trout for stocking back into local lakes as fall fingerlings. Special thanks to these partners for participating in this ‘classroom hatchery’ program!
Kids are always welcome at the hatchery! Just contact us to book a private tour for a family or youth group – we know the kids will love it!