Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 23, 2013

Enjoy a Nature Hike on Horseback, June 2

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Trailside Nature and Science Center are pleased to offer an evening nature trail ride on horseback for adults, ages 18 and older, on Thursday, June 2, at Watchung Stable in Mountainside at 6 p.m. Rides are approximately 45 minutes in length and are suitable for beginner riders.

“This evening trail ride offers adults a unique opportunity to see part of the Union County park system from a different perspective – on horseback,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Deborah Scanlon. “Participants will learn about local plants and animals while enjoying a leisurely trail ride through the scenic 2,060-acre Watchung Reservation.”

Riders are encouraged to arrive at Watchung Stable approximately 15 minutes prior to their scheduled ride for a brief orientation followed by the horse assignments. After mounting their horse, riders will enjoy a meandering trail ride through the woods and fields on their way to Lake Surprise. A park naturalist from the Trailside Nature and Science Center will interpret sights and sounds and identify interesting trees, plants and wildlife along the way.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. This program fills quickly, so register early. The fee is $35 per person for Union County residents and $45 for out-of-county riders. Participants are requested to wear sturdy shoes with a heel and a helmet if they have one. Riding experience is not necessary.

In the event of inclement weather, call Watchung Stable at 908-789-3665 on June 2 to find out if the program has been cancelled. Trailside is located at 452 New Providence Road (at Coles Ave.) in Mountainside. Watchung Stable is located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. Trailside Nature and Science Center and Watchung Stable are services of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For additional information about the Nature Trail Ride or for information on upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or check us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Adults, ages 18 and older, enjoy horseback riding while learning about the local flora and fauna on a scenic tour through the Watchung Reservation offered by Trailside Nature and Science Center and Watchung Stable. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For information about this program or for a complete listing of adult, family or children’s workshops please call Trailside at 908-789-3670. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. Watchung Stable is located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. Trailside and Watchung Stable are services of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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