Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 25, 2011

Teachers Can Learn about the Importance of Water at “Project WET” Workshop at Trailside, Nov. 3

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present “Project WET” – a teacher-training workshop for adults ages 18 and older at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“This teacher-training workshop is a great opportunity for educators to use Trailside’s resources to learn how to bring a greater awareness and understanding of our environment and natural resources to students,” said Freeholder Chairman Deborah Scanlon.

In today’s society, water is often taken for granted. The Project WET workshop will provide the necessary tools, resources and lessons for educators to utilize in the classroom to teach about the importance of water in everyday life. Formal and informal educators are invited to join a certified Project WET facilitator for a day of interactive, educational hands-on activities focusing on water as a valuable resource.

Participants in the Project WET workshop will work together to discover the properties of water while earning six NJDOE teaching credits. Each participant will receive the Project WET curriculum and activity guide with more than 90 interdisciplinary activities and lessons, teacher-tested and classroom-ready for K-12 students. Lessons in the guide are correlated to New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. New Jersey Project WET is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Watershed Management Division and the New Jersey Audubon Society.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop and space is limited. The fee is $20 per person and includes the Project WET curriculum and activity guide. Light refreshments will be served during morning registration. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

For information on the Project WET teacher-training workshop or for upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit the website: www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road (at Coles Ave.) in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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