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Summer Fun at Trailside Nature & Science Center
Mountainside, NJ – Summer Fun with Trailside! – Park naturalist Cheryl Gerrity works with campers to catch, identify and release sea robins, silver sides, hermit crabs, whelk and other ocean creatures at Sandy Hook in the Ocean Wonders camp for children entering the 5th and 6th grades. Limited space remains in camps for children entering the 3rd-4th grades, 7th -9th grades, and the Ocean Wonders camp as well as several other camps for children entering the 5th-6th grades. Please call Trailside at 908-789-3670 for space availability and fee information or visit us online at www.ucnj.org/trailside for a complete listing of camps and family programs offered this summer. 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 – Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center has space remaining in its summer camp programs for children entering the 5th and 6th grades. Pre-registration is required for all camps.
“The Watchung Reservation is the perfect location for a child to become immersed in nature,” said Freeholder Deborah Scanlon. “It’s extraordinary to watch a child’s imagination and love for nature bloom through hikes, crafts, games and other activities.”
New this year is “Kids for Conversation” where students explore the ways we depend on nature every day and find out ways for living a greener lifestyle that will keep the Earth healthy for generations to come. Through fun-filled activities and crafts, children will learn how climate changes are affecting our environment and experiment with solutions on how to clean up our waterways. Make paper, tie-dye a t-shirt, participate in a planting project, search for frogs and fish in Lake Surprise and much more! Sessions are open for the weeks of June 29 – July 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and August 10 – 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
“Backwoods Lore,” offered during July 13 – 17 and August 10 – 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., or August 3 – 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, will take students back in time to find out what it was like to live as an American pioneer. Participants in this camp will learn how to build an emergency shelter in the woods, track local mammals, identify wild plants that are safe to eat and find out how to follow a course using only a map and compass.
Children will delight to explore the mysteries of the deep in “Ocean Wonders,” offered during the weeks of July 6 – 10 and July 20 – 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Learn all about the brightly colored animals of a coral reef and investigate the creatures of the deep, dark ocean depths. The weekly sessions culminate with a Friday field trip (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) to Sandy Hook to catch, identify and release local marine mammals. Identify shells found on the beach and have fun seining in the ocean for minnows, pipe fish and more.
Participants in “Herptile Hunters” will take an in-depth look at the extraordinary world of reptiles and amphibians. Each day campers will investigate a different area of the reservation in search of local frogs, toads, turtles, salamanders and snakes. Learn how to properly catch, handle and identify these unique creatures. Throughout the week, participants will help Trailside naturalists care for the resident herptiles kept onsite at the Center. Sessions are open on June 29 – July 3 and July 13 – 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, and August 3 – 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Limited space remains in camps for children entering the 3rd and 4th grades and for children entering the 7th – 9th grades. Please call Trailside for information on specific topics, dates, times and fees for these programs.
The fee for a single session of Trailside summer camp (9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.) is $120 for residents of Union County and $150 for out-of-county participants. Morning and afternoon sessions may be combined for a full-day 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. camp which includes a one-hour supervised lunch and Trailside t-shirt. The fee for a full-day combination camp is $280 for residents of Union County and $350 for out-of-county campers.
Van field trips are a part of some camps and an additional trip fee will be added to the session rate for these camps. Please call Trailside for a list of camps that offer van field trips.
For information on trip fees or for additional information about summer camp openings or for 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.