FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2007

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

 

Plenty of Fall Fun at Trailside Nature & Science Center

trailside fall fun
Naturalist leads trail walk
Mountainside, NJ – Trailside park naturalist Susan Day leads participants in a Toddler Time workshop, for adults with children up to three years of age, to investigate the Watchung Reservation in search of raccoons, their homes and hideouts. Toddler Time is one of many workshops offered during the fall at Trailside Nature and Science Center. Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside for a complete listing of fall programs. 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.
trailside fall fun
Naturalist shows skull

Mountainside, NJ – Trailside park naturalist Susan Day allows children in a Toddler Time workshop, for adults with children up to three years of age, to investigate a plastic raccoon skull during a hike to learn all about raccoons, their habits and habitats. Pictured (left to right) are William Mauer of Fanwood, Alex Gianakouros of Cranford, Kate Bracke of Cranford and Sierra Ciasco of Westfield. Trailside is offering a variety of workshops for families, grade school children and adults. Workshops fill quickly and pre-registration is required. Please call Trailside at
908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside for a complete listing of fall programs. 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 – Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside is offering a variety of programs for adults, families and children of all ages. Trailside’s location in the scenic Watchung Reservation provides the perfect outdoor classroom to have fun while learning about the environment and the natural world around us. Due to limited space in these popular programs, pre-registration is required for all workshops and evening programs.

Adults with children up to three years of age are invited to participate in a weekly series entitled “Toddler Time” on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children and their adults will investigate a variety of topics including grasshoppers, rainbows, spiders and turkeys. Baby carriers or slings are encouraged while strollers are not recommended. Each class will spend some time out of doors investigating nature, so please come prepared for the weather. The fee for each weekly class is $8 per family (maximum 4 people) for residents of Union County and $10 per family (max 4) for out-of-county participants.

Children ages three or four (no younger or older siblings, please) accompanied by an adult can take part in a variety of programs through the “Two of Us” workshops held each Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. or on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. These interactive programs encourage nature discovery through hikes and other indoor/outdoor activities. Owls, chipmunks, rabbits and holiday crafts are among the many topics offered this fall. Each class is $8 per child and adult for Union County residents and $10 per child and adult for out-of-county participants.

“Small Fry Days,” a drop-off program for 4-6 year-old children, fosters awareness and appreciation of the natural world through hikes, exploration and hands-on activities. Children in this series of workshops meet Tuesdays from 9:45-11:00 a.m. or on Wednesdays from 1:15-2:30 p.m. and will learn about autumn leaves, pumpkins and Native Americans.

First and second graders can register for “After School Explorations” on Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Among the many topics to explore this season are learning how to read trail blazes on a hike through the woods, investigating the lifestyles and habits of bears, foxes and turkeys, and discovering how to make paper.

“Trailside Explorers,” for third to fifth graders, is a series of workshops that take an in-depth look at plants, animals and habitats. Meeting on alternate Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45 p.m., these classes will investigate the life cycle of monarch butterflies, visit the Union County K-9 Division to learn about police dogs, and find out about the Lenape Native Americans.

The fee for each Small Fry Days, After School Explorations or Trailside Explorers workshop is $8 per child for Union County residents and $10 for out-of-county participants.

Adults and children of all ages are invited to “Outdoor Adventures” offered on Saturdays from October to December. Each week a different theme focuses on the many treasures the Union County Park System has to offer. Families are invited to investigate the Watchung Reservation for salamanders, explore the flora and fauna of Lenape Park, bring your canine companion for a guided trail walk, and learn how to survive in the wild. Call Trailside for a complete listing of dates, topics and times for the Outdoor Adventure series. Admission to Outdoor Adventures is a suggested donation of $1 per person unless otherwise specified in the brochure.

An evening family workshop series entitled “Dusk to Dark” allows visitors to explore the reservation and its inhabitants during the evening hours. “Night Hike,” for children ages 6 and up accompanied by an adult, is offered on Nov. 7 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. and will investigate the reservation’s nocturnal animal neighbors. Take a walk to search for tree houses, burrows and nests while walking through fields and forests of the Watchung Reservation. In the event of inclement weather, “Night Hike” will be rescheduled to Nov. 8 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Please call Trailside on the day of the scheduled program to see if it has been postponed.

“Discover Dinosaurs,” for children ages 4-5 years of age accompanied by an adult, is offered Nov. 28 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Participants become paleontologists for the evening and work as a team to search for and assemble “dinosaur bones.” This workshop will be held rain or shine in Trailside’s renovated Visitor Center. The fee for each “Dusk to Dark” program is $5 per person for residents of Union County and $6 per person for out-of-county participants.

For a complete fall brochure listing all children’s, family and adult workshops as well as upcoming special events, call or visit Trailside Nature and Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.