The April 1 application deadline is rapidly approaching for the limited number of slots still available for the Coldwater Conservation School being offered by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and the NJ State Council of Trout Unlimited. The NJ School of Conservation in Sussex County will once again be the host site for the School, which will be held from June 28 – July 1.

The goal of the School is to foster a knowledge and appreciation of trout and the coldwater habitats on which they depend. Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists and instructors from Trout Unlimited will teach sessions about stream ecology, fish habitat, fish biology and identification, aquatic insect identification, fly tying, fly-casting, and stream restoration. There will be plenty of free time to test out newfound casting and fly tying skills, as well as special evening presentations.

The cost of the Coldwater Conservation School is only $200.00, which includes food, lodging and equipment for the entire 4 days and 3 nights. Applicants must be between the ages of 11 and 14 prior to July 1.  Applications are due no later than April 1, 2012. Students accepted into the School will be notified by the end of April.

Information about the Coldwater Conservation School including the official application can be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/conservation_school.htm .

Information about Trout Unlimited can be found at: http://www.njtu.org/.

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