Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2011

Trailside is Looking for Young Environmental Heroes

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Trailside Nature & Science Center would like to recognize and honor the young environmental heroes in our community. Small steps can lead to big changes for our planet and young people are taking the initiative and inspiring children and adults alike to help the planet.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal are pleased to announce this opportunity for our young residents to be commended for their efforts in protecting the environment.

“We encourage our residents to nominate the young people in their community who have taken action to help the environment so they can be recognized for their efforts,” said Freeholder Daniel Sullivan, liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “These young people deserve to be acknowledged for their leadership in activities such as recycling, litter pick-ups, planting trees and living greener.”

Participants may nominate young individuals or groups who have taken action for environmental change in their community. Nominees must be 18 years of age or younger. Each nomination must include an essay of 250 words or less describing why the nominee is qualified to receive the award, along with contact information for the nominee and the person submitting the nomination. Photographs may accompany the essay.

Nominations for the Environmental Hero Award can be emailed to bnovorro@ucnj.org or delivered to Trailside Nature & Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ 07092. All entries must be postmarked by April 15.

Winners of the Environmental Hero Award will be acknowledged at Wild Earth Fest on Sunday, May 1, at Trailside.

For additional information on the Environmental Hero Award or other upcoming programs or events, call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit online at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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