FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2008

CONTACT: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746
Seb D’Elia, 908-527-4419

 

Enjoy “February Festivities” at Trailside, Feb. 15-19

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– Audience participation required!Sean Taylor of Westfield anxiously awaits the cloth to be pulled from under his chair by “Mr. Fish” of Encore Performing Arts, while Trailside senior park naturalist Joe Filo stands by during a matinee entitled “Phenomenal Physics” hosted at Trailside Nature and Science last year. A member of Encore Performing Arts will return on Monday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 p.m. for a program entitled “The Science of Magic” as part of Trailside’s annual February Festivities. Tickets for “The Science of Magic” are $4 per person and will go on sale Monday, Feb. 18, at 1:00 p.m. Space is limited. For a complete listing of February Festivities programs 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.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Trailside Nature and Science Center is the place to go for “February Festivities” – special adult, family and children’s programs during the Presidents’ Day vacation days, February 15-19.

Kicking off this long weekend on Friday evening, Feb. 15, is a special history presentation for adults entitled “Eleanor Roosevelt – A Woman of Note.” Rene Goodwin, of the American Historical Theatre, will re-create Eleanor Roosevelt in a compelling performance which gives us a glimpse of her life which began as an ungainly and unloved young woman to the time she became the U.S. representative to the United Nations. Ms. Goodwin will tell the story of Eleanor’s emotionally difficult upbringing, her marriage to an ambitious man and her unwavering support of him during his illness. Pre-registration is required since space is limited. There will be a suggested donation posted at the door.

“This program promises to be entertaining and educational,” said Freeholder Angel G. Estrada Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. “You won’t want to miss it. I invite everyone to come on Feb. 15 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. to this special evening which is sponsored in part by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.”

“February Festivities” continues on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Trailside staff has designed a variety of entertaining and interactive programs for families to heighten your awareness of the natural world during the winter months. Space is limited and classes fill quickly, so pre-registration is required. The fee for each program is $5 per person for Union County residents and $6 per person for out-of-county participants unless otherwise noted.

“Mammal Mania” will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 16, or Monday, Feb. 18, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Participants will learn how a mammal is different from a bird, a reptile or an insect, and have the opportunity to feel deer, rabbit, skunk and bear fur, examine skulls from coyote, bobcat, bear and squirrel, and discover how to identify and track local mammals. The workshop even includes an outdoor search for footprints left by Trailside’s animal neighbors. “Mammal Mania” is recommended for families with children ages four and older.

“The Journey of Sap to Syrup” is being offered on Saturday, Feb. 16, and Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. or Monday, Feb. 18, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The program will show families how 100-percent real maple syrup is made from the sap of a sugar maple tree. Find out what equipment is needed to collect sap and take part in a taste test to try to identify the real thing. A short hike will be taken in order to see a tap in action on a live tree. This program is for families with children ages four and older.

“Winter Survival,” presented Saturday, Feb. 16, or Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. will have families discovering what it takes to survive in the wild. Advice will be offered on what to bring on winter hikes, how to create a shelter using branches and leaves, and how to build a fire.  Participants will then be able to warm up around the fire with hot chocolate and marshmallows. “Winter Survival” is recommended for families with children ages five and older and participants are encouraged to dress warmly.

On Monday, Feb. 18, from 1:30-2:15 p.m., “The Science of Magic” will be presented in Trailside’s auditorium. This super scientific circus will showcase many magic tricks based on scientific principles. Using magnetism, light, air, condensation, optical illusions and mental confusion, the audience members will learn to do magic! “The Science of Magic” is recommended for children ages 4-11. Space is limited and tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. the day of the show at the Visitor Service Desk in the Trailside’s Visitor Center. No advance ticket sales will be made. The fee is $4 per person. Strollers will not be permitted in the auditorium.

“Print Mania,” recommended for families with children ages five and older, will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Participants in this workshop will get naturally creative using different printing methods to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces to take home. Old clothing that can get dirty is recommended for all enrolled!

Two February Festivities evening classes are sure to please your family. The fee for each of these programs is $6 per person for Union County residents and $7 per person for out-of-county participants. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

“When I’m Sleepy – Talking Turtles,” presented on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., will present interesting facts about aquatic painted turtles and discover how they differ from woodland box turtles. Children will enjoy practicing how to walk like a turtle and pretend to hide from predators. Adults and children will delight to meet live turtles from Trailside’s reptile collection. This evening program is for families with children ages 4-5 years old. No younger or older siblings will be permitted to attend the program.

“Snakes of New Jersey,” will be offered on Monday, Feb. 18, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. for families with children ages 6 and older. Participants will enjoy learning all about the different snakes that inhabit New Jersey and what traits they have in common with other reptiles. Live snakes from Trailside’s collection will be featured throughout the program. Again, please note that younger siblings will not be permitted to attend the program.

For a complete listing of “February Festivities”programs and children’s workshops, or for information on upcoming events and summer camps, call Trailside Nature and Science Center at (908) 789-3670 or visit us at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.