FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 13, 2008

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

 

Teachers Can Check Out “Wild Sites”
during Teacher-Training Workshop at Trailside, Dec. 3

Hazel England (L), director of Education and Outreach for the Great Swamp Watershed Association, leads participants in a search for animal signs during a WILD School Sites teacher training workshop at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. “WILD School Sites” is offered on Dec. 3
Hazel England (L), director of Education and Outreach for the Great Swamp Watershed Association, leads participants in a search for animal signs during a WILD School Sites teacher training workshop at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. “WILD School Sites” is offered on Dec. 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants can earn six NJDOE credits. Pre-registration is required. The fee for the workshop is $20 per person. “You don’t have to be a great naturalist to explore the great outdoors,” said Hazel England. “You just have to have an interest in nature to open the doors of learning to children.” To register for this workshop or for information about upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at: www.ucnj.org/trailside.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to offer a teacher-training workshop about schoolyard habitat enhancement entitled “WILD School Sites” for adults, ages 18 and older, at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“This program is one of a series of teacher-training workshops that qualify participants for New Jersey Department of Education credits,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “The convenient location in the 2,060-acre Watchung Reservation, Union County’s largest park, provides the perfect classroom to have fun while learning about the environment.”

Teachers, students and wildlife benefit with habitat improvement projects. These projects can sensitize students to the needs of wildlife and enable them to make a small difference right where they live, to benefit local species. Having an outdoor classroom enables teachers to take field trips without ever leaving school. The stewardship skills that students develop for their outdoor classroom may be reflected in greater ownership and care for the entire school.

Participants in the WILD School Sites teacher-training workshop will receive six NJDOE professional development credits as well as a copy of the book “Homes for Wildlife: A Planning Guide for Habitat Enhancement on School Grounds,” the WILD School Sites booklet, grant information, landscaping information and ideas for curriculum integration for grades K-12.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Light morning refreshments will be provided, but please bring a lunch. The fee for this teacher-training workshop is $20 per person. Doors open 15 minutes before the program starts. Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather in the event that part of the class is held outside.

For additional information on this workshop or for a complete brochure of Trailside’s winter adult workshops and teacher-training programs please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on our website at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal.