CONTACT: Karen Inzillo, 908-789-3670 Ext.7911
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746


Teacher-Training Workshops Begin Jan. 31
 at Trailside Nature & Science Center

trailside workshops

Hazel England (left), Director of Education and Outreach for the Great Swamp Watershed Association, listens as Gene Harrison (right) describes his dream house to participants in a Project WILD workshop offered at Trailside Nature and Science Center in 2006. Participants in this teacher-training workshop discovered entertaining, hands-on activities to engage children in grades K-12 in environmental education. This winter, Trailside is offering three teacher-training workshops: Project Learning Tree; Healthy Water, Healthy People; and Project WET. Each workshop offers participants six NJDOE credits, a curriculum guide with activities correlated to the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards and an opportunity to have fun while learning. “You don’t have to be a great naturalist to explore the out of doors,” said Hazel England. “You just have to have an interest in nature to open the doors of learning to children.” For information on the winter teacher-training workshops, including dates, times and fees, or for information on upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Mountainside, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to offer three teacher-training workshops at the newly renovated Trailside Nature and Science Center as part of the Winter 2007 adult program series.

“Trailside’s convenient location in the 2,060-acre Watchung Reservation provides the perfect classroom to have fun while learning about the environment,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “The Center’s new state-of-the-art exhibits complement the hands-on activities offered in the workshops.”

Certified instructors teach each workshop. Participants are eligible for six NJDOE professional development credits. The curriculum guides, included in the registration fees, are correlated to New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and highlight educational tools which can be used effectively in the classroom to challenge and teach students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Each of the three workshops runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and includes morning refreshments. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the program. Pre-registration is required for each workshop because space is limited. 

The first workshop, “Project Learning Tree” or “PLT,” offered on Wednesday, Jan. 31, for a fee of $10.00 per person, is a nationally recognized activity guide that provides educators with tools for increasing student environmental awareness. PLT activities will engage students in interdisciplinary, hands-on experiences that develop skills in problem solving, evaluation and research. Participants will receive the PLT guide with more than 100 lessons included.

“Healthy Water, Healthy People,” offered for the first time on Thursday, Feb. 22 for a fee of $10 per person, encourages investigation of the connections between water quality and human health. This is an advanced workshop best suited for educators teaching grades 6-12 who have taken a Project WET workshop and who have basic water chemistry background.

The third workshop, “Project WET,” offered on Saturday, March 24, for a fee of $25 per person, will focus on water, a natural resource that is often taken for granted. This workshop will provide the necessary tools, resources and lessons for teachers to utilize in the classroom to teach our future leaders about the importance and value of water in everyday life. More than 90 interdisciplinary activities and lessons are included in the activity guide. 

“Trailside has served more than 90 participants since the Teacher Training workshops began two years ago,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Kowalski. “Teachers and environmental educators alike have been enthusiastic in their praise for these programs.”

Interested participants are encouraged to call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at for additional information on these workshops or for information about upcoming programs and special events.

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.