March 16, 2007

CONTACT: Karen Inzillo, 908-789-3670 Ext.7911
Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419



Mountainside, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces the next “Project WET” (Water Education for Teachers) workshop will be held at Trailside Nature and Science Center on Saturday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

“Project WET” offers teachers tools, resources and lessons that can be used in the classroom to help students better understand the importance and value of water in everyday life. The workshop includes more than 90 teacher-tested interdisciplinary activities and lessons.

“We are proud to offer such an innovative and fun program to help our teachers help our children,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “They will also get to work with Trailside’s talented naturalists while taking advantage of the scenic Watchung Reservation.”

The day-long program offers teachers an opportunity to learn creative teaching modules while earning six NJDOE professional development credits. Lessons in the guide are correlated to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Trailside naturalists Ruth Yablonsky and Joe Filo recently earned their state certification to teach “Project WET” workshops to teachers in grades K-12 and will participate in the program on March 24.

The fee for this program is $25 per person and includes the “Project WET” curriculum and activity guide. Light refreshments will be served during morning registration and participants are asked to bring a lunch.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For registration and more information about “Project WET” please call 908-789-3670 or visit

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.