FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 29, 2007

CONTACT: Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746
Karen Inzillo, (908) 789-3670

 

Summer Camp Fun Still Available at
Trailside Nature & Science Center

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Trailside Nature and Science Center’s park naturalist Ginger Case identifies fish, aquatic insects, tadpoles and crayfish found during a pond search for participants in the “Have to Have a Habitat” summer camp for children entering the 1st and 2nd grades. Limited space remains in this program as well as in the “Mythical Creatures of Field and Forest” camps for children entering the 1st and 2nd grade and the new “Naturalist in Training” program for children entering 7th through 9th grade. Pre-registration is required. Call Trailside at 908-789-3670 for more information about these camps including dates, times and fees. 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 – Looking for summer fun? Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center has limited space remaining in camps for children entering the 1st and 2nd grades and for children entering the 7th – 9th grades. Pre-registration is required. The fee for these camps is $112 per child for residents of Union County and $140 for out-of-county participants.

Due to its popularity, an additional session of “Mythical Creatures of Field and Forest” has been added to the schedule for children entering the 1st and 2nd grades. This camp is new to the 2007 summer season. Using their imagination to explore the woods and fields as fairies, elves or gnomes might, participants will enjoy a world of make-believe set within the natural world.  Art projects, music, stories and daily hikes make this a camp your child will not want to miss! Register now for August 6-10 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Participants in “Have to Have a Habitat,” also for children entering the 1st and 2nd grades, will investigate the different habitats of the Watchung Reservation. Children will find out the importance of food, water, shelter and space and how each of these components is critical for animals to survive in the wild. Collect natural items such as leaves, rocks and twigs to create a wildlife diorama, play the habit relay game, make camouflage critters and work in Trailside’s Backyard Wildlife Habitat to benefit local wildlife. “Have to Have a Habitat” is offered August 13-17 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Parents with older children will be interested in Trailside’s new “Naturalist in Training” for nature enthusiasts entering the 7th through 9th grades. Participants will experience the engaging and challenging career of an environmental educator through age-appropriate hands-on activities designed to pique the interest of a young naturalist. Participants will explore wetland and forest habitats, learn how plants and animals interact to create a balanced ecosystem, and get a behind the scenes look at the care and maintenance involved with the new state-of-the-art exhibits in Trailside’s newly-renovated Visitor Center. “Naturalist in Training” is offered from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon, July 16-20 or August 6-10.

For additional information on summer camp openings, Wednesday Matinee performances or for other upcoming events at Trailside, 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.