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Explore the World of Rocks, Minerals, Fossils & Gems at Trailside Nature & Science Center, November 1 & 2

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite you to explore the fascinating world of rocks, minerals, fossils and gems at Trailside Nature and Science Center on Saturday, Nov. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 2 from noon to 5 p.m. on both days. Admission to the event on both days is free.

“This annual event, open to the public, brings the world of rocks and gems to life with many exhibits and displays,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “Geologists young and old will be mesmerized by the variety of specimens on display.”

The Rock, Gem & Mineral Show, sponsored jointly with the New Jersey Mineralogical Society, will host more than 20 vendors selling minerals, rocks, gemstones, jewelry, sea shells and fossils from around the world. There will be something for everyone at this unique event.  Children can purchase geodes, arrowheads and fluorescent minerals while adults may enjoy the jewelry, fine gems and collector-grade pieces. Free children’s activities will be offered both days with face painting on Sunday.

For more information about the Rock, Mineral & Gem Show, or upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit  Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road (at Coles Avenue) in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.