Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 5, 2011

Unique Evening Programs at Trailside offer Dusk-to-Dark Family Fun

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal are pleased to offer two unique evening programs for families with children at the Trailside Nature and Science Center this spring.

“The Dusk to Dark Evening Family Programs are a wonderful opportunity for families to experience the beautiful Watchung Reservation while learning interesting facts about nature and wildlife,” said Freeholder Daniel P. Sullivan, liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

At the Dusk Hike on Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., families with children ages 5 and up can join a Trailside Naturalist to explore fields and forests as the sun sets behind the Watchung Mountains, using their “owl eyes” and spot tree houses, burrows, nests and other homes and hideouts of local wildlife. The fee is $6.00 per person for Union County residents and $7.00 per person for out-of-county residents, and pre-registration is required.

In Fun with Frogs on Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, families with children ages 6 and up (sorry, no younger siblings permitted) will learn how to identify these amazing amphibians which breathe through their skin and sing at night, including spring peepers, frogs and toads. The evening starts with a presentation at the Trailside Center and culminates with a carpool trip to a nearby wetland to search for frogs, tadpoles and toads using special dip nets. The fee is $7.00 per person for Union County residents and $8.00 per person for out-of-county residents. This program is rain or shine and participants should wear shoes that can get wet. Pre-registration is required.

To pre-register or get more information call 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside. Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road (at Coles Avenue) in Mountainside, in the Watchung Reservation.

Union County, NJ – Families with children can get closer to wildlife during Dusk to Dark Evening Family programs offered by Trailside Nature and Science Center. A Dusk Hike will take place on May 18 to spot the homes and hideaways of local wildlife, and Fun with Frogs on June 8 includes a search for frogs, tadpoles and toads at a nearby wetland. To register or to get information on other upcoming programs and events call 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, located at 452 New Providence Road (at Coles Avenue) in Mountainside, in the Watchung Reservation. (both photos: Union County/Trailside Nature and Science Center)

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