June 29, 2007

CONTACT: Patricia Bertsch, 908-789-3670 ext.7910
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“The Great Reptiles” Kicks Off Trailside’s
Summer Wednesday Matinee Series, July 11

This box turtle, commonly found in the Watchung Reservation in Union County, is one of the reptiles you can meet while visiting Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. On July 11, great reptiles like this one will be the focus of the Center’s first Summer Wednesday Matinee. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. For more information about Trailside Nature and Science Center, call 908-789-3670 or visit the web site at Trailside is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Mountainside, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the popular Summer Wednesday Matinee series will be returning to Trailside Nature and Science Center this summer. Kicking off the series will be a live animal presentation given by Bill Boesenberg from Snakes-n-Scales and Turtle Tales on Wednesday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Families with children ages four and older are invited to explore the strange world of reptiles with Bill Boesenberg, a recognized expert in the field of reptile care whose life’s goal is to educate people about these misunderstood creatures. Snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians are the four most common types of reptiles. The July 11 program will provide an in-depth look into the lives of these scaly creatures – from the ones that live under your porch to those from far-off continents.

“While Trailside Nature & Science Center was under construction last year, we had to put the Wednesday matinee series on hiatus,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. “The series is back this summer full-force in the newly-renovated, air conditioned auditorium. The first matinee is informative, educational and fun. After enjoying Bill Boesenberg and his reptilian friends, we hope everyone will stay and walk through the new hands-on exhibits that are part of the center’s renovation.”

Tickets for the matinee will go on sale 15 minutes before the show. The fee is $4 per person and the program is recommended for ages 4 and older. No infants or babies in strollers are allowed in the auditorium. Please call Trailside for information regarding group rates.

For a complete listing of Trailside’s Summer Wednesday Matinee Series and for information on upcoming programs, 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.