FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 9, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

“Project WET” Teacher-Training Workshop at Trailside, October 25

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal are pleased to present “Project WET” – a teacher-training workshop for adults, ages 18 and older, on Thursday, October 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside.

“This training workshop is a great opportunity for educators to use Trailside’s resources to learn how to bring a greater awareness and understanding of our environment and natural resources to students,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Trailside is the perfect environment for teachers and scout leaders to refresh their skills in teaching education about water resources.”

In today’s society, water is often taken for granted. The workshop will provide the necessary tools, resources and lessons for teachers to utilize in the classroom to teach our future leaders about the importance of water in everyday life. Formal and informal educators are invited to join a certified Project WET facilitator for a day of interactive, educational and hands-on activities focusing on water as a valuable resource.

Participants will work cooperatively to discover the properties of water while earning six NJDOE teaching credits. Each person will receive a Project WET curriculum and activity guide with more than 90 interdisciplinary activities and lessons, teacher-tested and classroom-ready for K-12 students. Lessons are correlated to New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. New Jersey Project WET is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Watershed Management Division and the New Jersey Audubon Society.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop and space is limited. The fee is $15 per person.  Light refreshments will be served during morning registration. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

For information about the Project WET teacher-training workshop or upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit 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.

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