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March 22, 2007

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Celebrate Earth Awareness Week at Trailside, April 4-9

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Earth Week - Ginger Case investigates a stream

Trailside Naturalist Ginger Case investigates inhabitants in a stream with participants during Earth Awareness Week last year. Earth Awareness Week 2007 will be offered April 4-9 with the theme “Have to Have a Habitat.” Have fun learning about the forest, meadow and wetland habitats and go outdoors to experience these natural places. Registration is required for most programs. Call Trailside at 908-789-3670 for a complete Earth Awareness Week brochure. 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.
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Earth Week – Erin White looks for mini-beasts

Trailside Naturalist Erin White helps youngsters search for earthworms, slugs and sow bugs during an Earth Awareness workshop last year. Earth Awareness Week 2007 will be April 4-9 with the theme “Have to Have a Habitat.” Trailside’s new state-of-the-art exhibits will be used in conjunction with special programs that focus on the forest, meadow and wetland habitats of the 2,060-acre Watchung Reservation. Call Trailside at 908-789-3670 for a complete Earth Awareness Week brochure. 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 – In honor of Earth Day, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering special programming with the theme “Have to Have a Habitat” during the 8th Annual Earth Awareness Week, April 4-9, at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. Throughout the week-long celebration, various family programs, drop-off workshops for children, evening explorations and nature hikes will be offered to demonstrate the importance of habitats and their inhabitants.

“A habitat is a natural environment that provides food, water, shelter and space for plants and animals,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “Trailside’s new state-of-the-art exhibits depict the unique characteristics of many habitats found in the 2,060-acre Watchung Reservation. Have fun learning about the forest, meadow and wetland habitats and head outdoors to experience these natural places.”

Highlighting the Earth Awareness Week family programs is a matinee, “Migration Sensation” performed by the Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theater, for families with children ages four and older on Friday, April 6th at 2:00 p.m. Learn about the importance of our wetland habitats through this high-energy production. The audience joins in the fun with sing-alongs, guessing games and helping a pair of migrating birds find food and water. Registration is not required and the fee is $4 per person for Union County residents and $5 per person for out-of-county participants. Tickets for the matinee will go on sale at Trailside’s Visitor Center 15 minutes prior to the program.

Preceding the matinee on April 6 from 12 noon-1:30 p.m. is “EcoArt” for families with children ages four and older. Families may drop in to use their artistic abilities and create crafts from recycled objects. Make dynamic wetland window scenes using cereal boxes and plastic baggies. Recycle paper lunch bags into cute rabbit treat bags. Use holiday wrapping paper to decorate frogs, fish, grasshoppers or beetles. Your creations may be used in the 2:00 p.m. “Migration Sensation” Matinee! Registration is not required and the fee is $4 per child for Union County residents and $5 per child for out-of-county participants.

Trailside will host two drop-off programs for students in 1st–5th grade. “Vernal Pools,” offered on Wednesday, April 4th from 1:30-3:00 pm, will allow students to discover what makes a vernal pool a unique wetland habitat and which animals depend on them. Search for salamanders and frogs, their eggs and more! “Magic in the Meadow,” offered on Monday, April 9th from 1:30-3:00 p.m., will visit Trailside’s new meadow habitat exhibit to learn about its inhabitants. Discover a new way to plant seeds and make seed balls that will attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Plant some seeds in our meadow and take some home for your own garden. Registration is required for each drop-off program and the fee is $8 per person for Union County residents and $10 per person for out-of-county participants.

Pick an evening to visit Trailside and learn about “The Forest at Night” for families with children ages four and older on Wednesday, April 4th or Monday, April 9th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sharpen your night observation skills as we play “Freeze” and the “Listening Game.”  Hike by the light of the waning full moon. Enjoy the spring sights, sounds and scents while we search for the creatures of the night. Registration is required and the fee is $5 per person for Union County residents and $6 per person for out-of-county participants.

For a complete listing of Earth Awareness Week workshops or for information on upcoming spring programs and special events, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside. 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.