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Trailside Offers Three Spring Dusk Walks at the Deserted Village, June 6-13-20

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that three dusk walks will be conducted in June at the Deserted Village of Feltville as part of the Spring Adult Programs at Trailside Nature and Science Center. The walks, for adults ages 18 and older, will take place on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The fee for each hike is $10 for Union County residents and $12 for out-of-county participants. The walks begin at the Deserted Village parking lot on Cataract Hollow Road, off Glenside Avenue.

“This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the season on a guided walk in the scenic Watchung Reservation with a Park Naturalist from Trailside Nature and Science Center,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “And while you’re at it, you’ll learn about the early inhabitants of Union County and the environment in which they lived.”

The twilight hikes begin on Thursday, June 6, when walkers will enjoy a PowerPoint presentation in the comfort of the recently renovated Masker’s Barn to discover the History of the Deserted Village of Feltville. Find out about the early inhabitants of the area and how it became deserted. Then take a walking tour of this local treasure.

On June 13, take pleasure in a Late Spring Stroll and learn about the sights and sounds of the natural world around us. Find out how to identify late blooming flowers, common trees and local wildlife signs on a walk through the village.

On June 20, you’ll explore the topic of the Lenape Native Americans. Discover who the Lenape Native Americans were and how they lived off the land. Search outdoors for plants, trees and animals used by the Lenape to survive. Refreshments will be served at Masker’s Barn while participants enjoy a brief PowerPoint presentation and see some Native American artifacts.

Pre-registration is recommended, but walk-ins will be accommodated as space permits. Appropriate outdoor attire is recommended. For more information about these programs or upcoming programs and events at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit  Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.