FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2013
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

February Fun at Trailside Nature & Science Center, Feb. 16-18

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal are pleased to offer special February Festivities programming at Trailside Nature & Science Center during the Presidents Day holiday weekend, February 16-18.  Pre-registration is required for most programs. Call Trailside for space availability: 908-789-3670. Walk-ins will be accommodated as space permits.

“All of the programs during February Festivities give families an opportunity to enjoy creative and interactive programs that will teach, entertain and delight children,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “Union County is committed to providing affordable family fun at our parks and facilities.”

On Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. families can learn how to build the “Perfect Campfire.” Working together, each family will collect tinder and kindling that they will use to make a decorative fire starter kit to take home. Then put your new found knowledge to work as we light our own campfire and enjoy sipping hot cocoa and toasting marshmallows.

Highlighting the festivities on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 1:30 p.m. magician Joe Fischer will astound, baffle, delight, thrill and entertain the audience with his “Fantasy, Illusion and Magic” performance. Mr. Fischer has an outstanding rapport with children. His ability to communicate on their level makes this a show of real magic! The matinee is recommended for ages 4 and older and admission is $5 per person. Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. before the matinee. No strollers in the auditorium, please.

Later on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 3:30 p.m. see how 100 percent real maple syrup is made from the sap of a sugar maple tree in “The Journey of Sap to Syrup.” Find out what equipment is needed to collect sap and take part in a taste test to see if you can identify the real thing. “Sap to Syrup” is repeated on Monday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 p.m.

Take a walk outside in search of buck rubs, animal tracks, nibbled twigs and other signs that tell us our animal neighbors have been by. Then enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows around a campfire in “Animal Clue Scavenger Hunt” on Monday, Feb. 18, at 3:00 p.m.

Programs are recommended for families with children ages 5 and older unless otherwise specified. The fee for Perfect Campfires is $6 per person for residents of Union County and $7 per person for out-of-county participants. The fee for The Journey of Sap to Syrup and Animal Clue Scavenger Hunt is $5 per person for Union County residents and $6 per person for out-of-county participants.

For additional information about programs offered at Trailside during February Festivities or any upcoming programs and special events, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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