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Enjoy Columbus Day at Trailside Nature & Science Center with “A Touch of Nature” Matinee Program, Oct. 11

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal in conjunction with The Trailside Museum Association (TMA) are pleased to announce an exciting Matinee Program for Monday, Oct. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Trailside Nature & Science Center.  The program, “A Touch of Nature,” is recommended for children ages 4 and older and admission is $5.00 per person. TMA members are admitted free of charge. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before the show.

“This program, offered when the schools are closed for the Columbus Day holiday, is another opportunity for families to enjoy an exciting and educational show together and visit our fabulous nature center in the Watchung Reservation,” said Freeholder Vice Chairman Deborah P. Scanlon, liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

The wonders of nature are just a touch away when the audience is introduced to the world of animals. While blending excitement and surprise with care and understanding, the audience will develop an appreciation for all living things, from the ordinary to the exotic. A variety of live animals that may include birds, tarantulas, lizards, snakes and alligators will make this program truly exciting and entertaining.

The Trailside Museum Association, a sponsor of this program, is an organization dedicated to assisting Trailside staff in their ongoing efforts to educate people in all aspects of nature, science and conservation by assisting with funding, volunteering and advocacy. Their generous financial support has provided for many amenities at the facility.

“We encourage volunteerism and organizational support for all of our facilities and appreciate help from individuals and groups such as the Trailside Museum Association,” Freeholder Scanlon added. “The TMA is a dedicated group of people who put a tremendous amount of time and effort into providing support to Trailside.”

In 2006, the TMA provided $56,000 to fund the American beech tree exhibit in the two-story atrium of the newly renovated Visitor Center. They also co-sponsored the water feature in the Backyard Habitat and provided the funding for the Mosaic Column. A representative from the TMA will be available on Oct. 11 to assist anyone interested in becoming a member.

For additional information about TMA, matinee programs, or other upcoming events, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at Trailside Nature & Science Center is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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Jerry Zelenka from “A Touch of Nature” gets the attention of the children in the audience as he shows off a Python during a show last year at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. For more information about the Oct. 11 matinee program, visit us on the web at or call Trailside Nature & Science Center at 908-789-3670.