located within Union County’s Watchung Reservation
452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ 07092

In Honor of Trailside’s 75th Anniversary Sponsored By Trailside Museum Association

Lecture with Professor and Author Douglas Tallamy – Bringing Nature Home

Saturday, May 14th; 2 – 3 PM; Free

The wild creatures we enjoy and would like to have in our lives will not be here in the future if we take away their food and the places they live,” writes Professor Douglas W. Tallamy.

Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He is the highly acclaimed author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, and the recipient of The Garden Writers Association of America Silver Medal in 2008.  This lecture will offer critically important insights into the changes we are making to the environment and how we can make positive transformative changes on the small scale of our own backyards.  Why is it important to welcome insects to our yards? What are native plants? How can we garden for insect diversity and help to support a native ecosystem?  Learn what we can do to make our landscapes living ecosystems restoring life to our backyards.

Celebrating 75 Years of Environmental Education
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Celebrating 75 Years of Environmental Education

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Trailside Nature & Science Center is Union County’s Environmental Education Center, located in the Watchung Reservation, a 2,065-acre preserve containing woodlands, fields, lakes, streams and more than 13 miles of hiking trails.

This serene setting provides the perfect classroom to have fun while learning about the natural world. Renovated in September 2006, the Center houses 4,500 square feet of interactive, state-of-the art exhibits, including a towering 34-foot American beech tree exhibit that fills the building’s atrium.

This jewel, secluded in the Watchungs, also features classrooms that look out on the Reservation, a multipurpose room, a library, children’s discovery room and a 250-seat auditorium.




Noon to 5 p.m.; Seven Days a Week

Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day, New Years Eve/Day, Fourth of July and Easter


452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ  |  908-789-3670  |  Map



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