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Tickets for Autumn Hay Rides & Family Fun Around the Campfire at Trailside Nature & Science Center Available Beginning September 2

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Tickets go on sale beginning September 2 for autumn hay rides and fun around the campfire at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation, these fun-filled autumn activities include hay rides, folk songs around the campfire, hot chocolate and marshmallows toasted over the fire.

Hayrides are scheduled for Fridays, beginning September 26 and including October 3, 10, and 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and on Sunday, October 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Hay ride tickets are available at three locations: every day from noon to 5 p.m. at Trailside Nature and Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, in Mountainside; weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Union County Administration Building, Department of Parks and Recreation, 2nd Floor, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza at Rahway Avenue in Elizabeth; or at the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Avenue East, in Westfield, from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.

No tickets will be sold at the hay rides. Tickets for these popular outings must be purchased in advance – so don’t wait until it’s too late! Seating for the hay rides is limited, and group sales are limited to 15 tickets. The cost is $6 for Union County residents and $12 for out-of-county participants.

For further information, call Trailside Nature and Science Center at 908-789-3670; or the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-527-4900; or visit the Union County website at