Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
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Nature Hour

Family Nature Hour

Join Environmental Educators and nature enthusiast at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery to explore and connect with the natural world around us. Fun and educational for the entire family! Join us on the third Tuesday of each month at the hatchery from 5-6:00 pm CST. Each meeting offers a nature themed activity, crafts, games and a snack. These monthly programs are sponsored by the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and are offered FREE of charge for all ages! Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about the Nature Hour or any of our programs, please contact the Environmental Education/Outreach Specialists, Moria Painter or Ashley Buffington at (270) 343-3797.

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Recognized via Regional and National Awards

  • Wolf Creek was well represented at the first TOURSEKY “Experience the Bloom” Awards Program held at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky on May 24th, 2012. The awards program included 12 different categories. The hatchery was selected as the “Outstanding Visitor Attraction,” competing against ten other different attractions. Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist Amanda Patrick was selected as the “Outstanding Hospitality Personality” from a group of distinguished nominees. Project Leader James Gray was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award as well. For more information on TOURSEKY, visit tourseky.com.

  • In July, Wolf Creek NFH Project Leader James Gray was named 2011 Federal Land Manager of the Year by Take Pride in America. James traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept the honor. See the news release on our Southeast Regional homepage to learn more!

  • Also in July, Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist Amanda Patrick was awarded the 2011 Leopold Education Project (LEP) Facilitator of the Year.


Wolf Creek NFH Featured on "Kentucky Afield"

Biotech Chris Murphy isn’t normally as comfortable in front of a camera as he is behind the wheel of a stocking truck. But he’s been at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery for 18 years, and has a thing or two to share about trout stocking in Kentucky.

In fact, every trout stocked into public waters in that state has been through Murphy’s net.

Murphy helped to demonstrate the hatchery’s efforts to keep Kentucky streams filled with healthy trout on a recent episode of “Kentucky Afield,” the country’s longest-running outdoors television series.

Also featured was Wolf Creek NFH volunteer Ralph Parrish, along with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and other conservation partners and volunteers.

To view “Backpack Trout Stocking in Kentucky” on YouTube, please click HERE (opens in new window).


Interested in Volunteering?

A visit to the hatchery may inspire you to learn more about volunteering with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Volunteer inside the visitor center or help with fish production, one day per week, month, or become a full-time workcamper.

For those living on one of the campsites, hours are estimated at 20 to 24 per person, per week.  For all others, any and all time is greatly appreciated!  In exchange for service, volunteers receive a free campsite with water, electric and sewer hookup along with wireless internet access and laundry facilities.  Propane hookup available during the winter months. 

For more information, contact: Moria Painter, Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist, at 270-343-3797 or via email: moria_painter@fws.gov

Become a member of the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc. To learn more, visit the Friends Group.


Visit Wolf Creek to Obtain Your America the Beautiful (ATB) Pass!

Don't forget too that the hatchery is a participating site for the America the Beautiful pass program! Senior and Access passes can be obtained at the front desk during normal Visitor/Environmental Education Center operating hours. For more information, including eligibility requirements for each pass, click HERE to learn more.



James Gray stands on a stage holding an award with presenters
Project Leader James Gray (center right) receiving the 2011 Federal Land Manager of the Year Award by Take Pride in America. Photo: USFWS.

Amanda stands on the far right with three other people on a stage
Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist Amanda Patrick (far right) receiving the 2011 TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky "Experience the Bloom" award for "Outstanding Attraction." Photo: USFWS.

A man in USFWS gear hefts a net full of fish into a cooler
Biotech Chris Murphy and Biotech Alan Kimbler loading trout onto a hatchery truck for stocking. Photo: USFWS.
Last updated: January 25, 2017