Summer Camp

Trailside Nature & Science Center 2016 Summer Camp Program New Online Registration 

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that registration for Trailside Nature and Science Center’s popular Summer Camp and Family Programs will be available online. Registration for Union County Residents begins March 28, 2016. 

We highly recommend you create an account and password on the Union County Online Registration site, if you have not already done so, prior to Monday, March 28.  Please make sure you include all family members participating in Trailside’s summer programs.  Brochure will be available online and in print before registration begins.  Please read all general and cancellation policies before registering.


Click here to register online.

Online registration for Union County Residents Only:

In order to accommodate the large volume of registrants, the summer program registration will be made available throughout the week of March 28, 2016. 

Preschool Camps – Monday, March 28 Registration for 4-day (Monday-Thursday) Preschool camps for children ages 4 and 5 begins March 28 at 8:00 AM.

Entering 1st & 2nd Grade Camps – (Two Days) Tuesday, March 29 & Wednesday, March 30 Registration for 5-day (Monday- Friday) Half-Day and Combo Camps for children entering 1st & 2nd grade begins March 29 at 8:00 AM.

Entering 3rd & 4th Grade Camps – Thursday, March 31 Registration for 5-day (Monday- Friday) Half-Day and Combo Camps for children entering 3rd-4th grade begins March 31 at 8:00 AM.

Entering 5th-9th Grade Camps & Friday Family and Evening Programs – Friday, April 1 Registration for 5-day (Monday- Friday) Half-Day and Combo Camps for children entering 5th-9th grade camps and Friday Family and Evening Programs begins April 1st at 8:00 AM.

After Friday, April 1, online registration will continue for Union County Residents until  all programs are filled.

Out of County Registration – Wednesday, April 6th Online registration will begin for all Out of County Residents starting Wednesday, April 6 at 8 AM until all programs are filled.


General Policies

All Online Registration is final.  Please refer to the Cancellation Policies below. Program spaces are non-exchangeable and non-transferable. You may register your family members in your household only.

In developing programs, Trailside keeps in mind the abilities of different aged children.  When registering for camp and family programs, please pay attention to age guidelines. Trailside cannot allow inappropriately (younger or older than age specifications for each camp/program) aged children to attend camps or family programs.  If an inappropriately aged child attends a program, the child will be removed and no credit or refund will be issued. 


To allow more Union County residents to participate, summer camp sessions will be limited.

Limitations will be enforced.  A $35 non-refundable registration fee will be applied for each session over the limit and your child will be removed from the roster. Children in the Pre-First Grade programs for 4 & 5 year olds Limited to two (2) weeks of camp and cannot repeat the same camp session will not be permitted to take a morning and afternoon session during the same camp week. Children enrolled in the Pre-First Grade programs MUST be four (4) years of age by June 1, 2016.

Children Entering the 1st – 9th Grade Camps Limited to two (2) weeks of full-day combination camps or four (4) weeks of half-day camps Camp sessions cannot be repeated.



As camps and family programs fill, a waitlist option is available online for each program. 

Participants will be called from waitlists as cancellations occur with camps/family programs.


Cancellation Policies for Summer Camps

We are unable to process refunds for camps directly to credit cards.  Call Trailside for refund procedures at 908-789-3670.

Refunds will be given from April 11 to May 31 with a non-refundable registration fee of $35 charged for each pre-first grade program, each half-day session of camp and each family enrolled in the Family Campout for Beginners.

No refunds will be given after May 31 for any summer camp program. Credits will not be given at any time for summer camp programs.  No exceptions.


Cancellation Policies for Family Programs

Credits or refunds will not be given at any time for Friday Family, Tuesday Evening or Family Campfire programs.

Trailside credits will only be issued for evening and family programs cancelled by Trailside due to inclement weather.  Credits are valid for one year from the date of issue and can beused for any Trailside program.