FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

Trailside Is Looking for Environmental Heroes; Nominations Are Due by April 13


Members of Mountainside Junior Girl Scout Troop 40851 were congratulated by Union County Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski and Deborah Scanlon with an Environmental Hero Award at the Wild Earth Fest at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside last year. The Troop, devoted to learning about the environment and our impact on the planet, participated in Adopt-A-Park projects to plant gardens and remove invasive plants. They also cleared more than 90 lbs. of debris from a stream at Camp Letico and cleared litter and debris at Mountainside’s Clean Community Day. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Trailside Museum Association are looking to again recognize environmental heroes in our community. People can nominate individuals or groups in their community who have taken action for environmental change. Nominations must be received or postmarked by Friday, April 13. Awards will be announced at Wild Earth Fest on Sunday, May 6. For information on the Environmental Hero Award or to get an application form, call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit 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.


MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Trailside Museum Association would like to honor the environmental heroes in our communities. From recycling and litter pick-ups to planting trees and living greener, people are taking strides and inspiring others to help the planet. These people deserve to be acknowledged for their commitment to helping the environment.

“Small steps can lead to big changes for our county and our planet. We are pleased to announce this opportunity for our residents to be commended for their efforts to protect the environment,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We encourage residents to nominate people in their community who have taken action to help the environment so they can be recognized for their efforts.”

Participants may nominate individuals or groups who have taken action for environmental change in their community. Each entry must include an essay of 750 words or less describing why the nominee is qualified to receive the award, along with contact information for the nominee and the person submitting the nomination. Photographs may accompany the essay. All nominations must be received or postmarked by Friday, April 13, 2012.

Nominations for the Environmental Hero Award can be emailed to bnovorro@ucnj.org or sent to Trailside Nature & Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ 07092. Trailside Museum Association board members will award prizes to the winners of the Environmental Hero Award at Wild Earth Fest on Sunday, May 6.

For additional information on the Environmental Hero Award or other upcoming programs or events, call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit online 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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