An essential part of the hatchery’s success has been a consistent and enthusiastic community involvement, without which many of the programs, facilities, and on-site structures would not have been possible. Two non-profit volunteer organizations directly support and organize the community’s efforts to keep the hatchery’s operations viable and far reaching for future generations to enjoy.

Friends of Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery (FCBFH):

Since its inception in 1994, the Friends have undertaken a number of projects to enhance staff development, increase educational and recreational opportunities for hatchery visitors, and improve fish rearing capabilities. Some of their many accomplishments include the Brookside Picnic Shelter, purchase of 75 acres of land for the Hatchery, construction of the Time Out To Fish Pond, installation of a disabled access playground, and installation of a backup generator for Hatchery systems.


  • Provide a constituency and voice for Hatchery programs.
  • Provide for physical improvements to the Hatchery.
  • Directly support new and existing programs at the Hatchery such as Public Fishing Access and Land Acquisition.
  • Guarantee the continuation of one of Central New York’s proudest traditions – the Opening Day of Trout Season – for future generations.

Volunteer Opportunities

Enjoy the benefits people get from being with other people, staying active, and above all having a sense of value in society that may not be as clear in other areas of life. Consider becoming a member of this community organization and have fun volunteering with others that enjoy what we have to offer here! For more information visit www.onondagacountyparks.com and don’t forget to stop by the office to talk with the dedicated staff of the Hatchery. Look here for ideas.

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