Press Release

For Immediate Release: February 18, 2011

Children with Disabilities Can Discover the Plants and Animals of the Watchung Reservation at Trailside Nature & Science Center

MOUNTAINSIDES, NJ – Young people living with disabilities have the opportunity to discover the wonders of nature in the Watchung Reservation in a new series of weekly classes being offered at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the six-week series will begin on March 15 at 3:45 p.m.

“The classes at Trailside are a perfect after-school activity for young people ages 7 to 13 who are living with disabilities,” said Freeholder Daniel Sullivan, liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “We’re happy to offer this program along with the many other fine classes and activities that the County of Union offers for people with disabilities.”
Participants will join Trailside naturalists for a sensory-based exploration of the plants, animals and habitats that make up the Watchung Reservation, Union County’s largest park. The children will participate in guided hikes and hands-on activities to learn about the natural world.

Classes will be held indoors and outdoors on Tuesdays, March 15, 22 and 29; plus April 5, 12 and 19, from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Participants are asked to wear sneakers.

The fee for the six-week series is $12 and pre-registration is required. Parents or mentors are welcome at no extra charge. Register either at Trailside Nature and Science Center, 452 New Providence Road (at Coles Ave.), Mountainside, every day from noon to 5 p.m.; or at the Union County Administration Building, Department of Parks and Community Renewal, 2nd floor, Elizabethtown Plaza at Rahway Ave. in Elizabeth, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

For additional information about this program or other Union County-sponsored programs for people with disabilities, please call Margaret Heisey at 908-527-4806. Trailside Nature and Science Center is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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