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“Wild Earth Fest” and “Touch a Truck” Events at Trailside Nature & Science Center Sunday, April 26

Wild Earth Fest Union county NJMOUNTAINSIDE, NJ.—The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite families with children of all ages and adults alike to celebrate wildlife and embrace environmental conservation at an exciting daylong event at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside, New Jersey on Sunday, April 26, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine.

Wild Earth Fest is an entertaining family event where attendees can learn ways to become eco-friendly and increase awareness of wildlife conservation. Among the events taking place will be a live animal demonstration and educational displays, music, face painting, Recycling Olympics, Eco-Art, a Wildlife Photography Contest, and Environmental Hero Award Winners will be announced.

For the second year in a row, as part of the annual “Wild Earth Fest” at Trailside, the “Touch A Truck” event will take place in the Lower Loop Parking Lot, also running from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine. Youngers are invited to climb aboard dump trucks, bulldozers, police cars, HAZMAT response units and “The Bear” used by the Union County SWAT team in emergencies.

“Combining these two events has allowed Trailside to attract a whole new audience to participate in what has become a very worthwhile and educational day at Trailside,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh.

Admission to Wild Earth Fest is $4 per person. Children 6 years of age and under will be admitted free.  The admission price will allow attendees to participate in both events.

Trailside nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, New Jersey. They can be reached by phone at (908) 789-3670. Or on-line at: