FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419
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Celebrate National Trails Day with a Hike and Trail Work
in the Watchung Reservation, June 6

Participants in a previous National Trails Day leave a trail in the Watchung Reservation after completing their volunteer work

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Participants in a previous National Trails Day leave a trail in the Watchung Reservation after completing their volunteer work. To volunteer for trail work on National Trails Day, June 6, please call 908-789-3683.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – With miles of hiking and bridle trails crisscrossing the Watchung Reservation, maintenance and repair is an important, on-going task. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has the perfect opportunity for trail users who want to “give something back” to the trails they enjoy.

“If you love the great outdoors, then you’ll love to hike or ride horses in the Watchung Reservation,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “The 2,060-acre forest preserve is Union County’s largest park and it offers a variety of trails and scenery for all ages to enjoy.”

You can celebrate our local trails on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6, by signing up to
take a guided hike and/or participate in a trail work project in the Watchung Reservation. National Trails Day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and continues with a hike from 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. A Trailside Nature & Science Center naturalist will take participants along a trail in search of wildlife sights and sounds and interesting plant life along the way. Listen and look for migratory birds that use the Reservation as a rest stop along their trip north.

A trail work project from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will offer volunteers the chance to repair the trail bed and remove invasive plants along a section of hiking trail. Volunteers will learn new skills, meet other trail users and have fun while working in the out-of-doors. Interested participants should call 908-789-3683 to register.

The first 30 registered trail work volunteers will receive a free National Trails Day t-shirt. Participants should dress to get dirty and/or wet. Meet at Trailside Nature & Science Center’s Visitor Center, located at 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside 07092. Telephone:
908-789-3670 or go to http://www.ucnj.org/parks/directionstrailside.html for directions.

Bring gloves, a shovel, loppers, pruning shears and/or pick axe if you have them. Some tools will be provided. The event will be held rain or shine. Trail work participants must be seven years of age or older and children must be accompanied by an adult.