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Autumn Hay Rides & Family Fun around the Campfire Are Popular at Trailside Nature & Science Center

Marc Muller leads the sing-alongs as marshmallows are toasted by the fire

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Autumn evenings are a time for hay rides and family fun around the campfire at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the fun-filled evenings include hay rides, songs around a campfire led by singer Marc Muller, hot chocolate and marshmallows toasted over the fire.

Tickets for these popular outings must be purchased in advance – so don’t wait until it’s too late! Seating for the hay rides is limited. Rides begin at 6:30 p.m. on the evenings of Oct. 1, 8, 9, 15, and 29.

No tickets will be sold at the hay rides, so please register early. The cost is $5 for Union County residents and $10 for out-of-county participants.

Marc Muller is a talented New Jersey musician, producer and arranger. He has worked on PBS-TV, Food Network and Disney Channel productions, and has performed with Van Zant, Shania Twain, Dr. John, Carly Simon, Branford Marsalis, Elton John, Nickelback, and many other popular performers.

Tickets can be purchased every day from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Trailside Nature and Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside; or weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Union County Administration Building, Department of Parks & Community Renewal, 2nd Floor, Elizabethtown Plaza at Rahway Avenue in Elizabeth.

For further information, call Trailside Nature and Science Center at 908-789-3670; or the Union County Department of Parks & Community Renewal at 908-527-4900; or visit the Union County website at