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Calling All K-12 Teachers & Scout Leaders

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce a Project Aquatic WILD teacher training workshop for adults ages 18 and older, at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside on Thursday, December 10 from  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All workshop registration is now available online at   The fee is $15 per person which includes a guidebook and morning refreshments.

“This workshop offers teachers a chance to learn new teaching modules that focus on aquatic plants and animals,” says Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh, “The Trailside Center, with its many exhibits and serene setting, offers the perfect location for teachers to learn while enjoying the outdoors.”    

Project Aquatic WILD is for teachers K-12 and scout leaders to learn new ideas and activities to bring back to their students.  Developed by the Council for Environmental Education, in compliance with the New Jersey Core Curriculum standards, Project Aquatic WILD, which is part of the Project WILD curriculum, emphasizes aquatic wildlife and ecosystems.   

Based on the premise that young people and educators alike have an interest in learning about our natural world, this program underscores wildlife’s intrinsic value and addresses the need for us all to be responsible stewards of our planet. Hands-on activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study for formal and non-formal educators.  Teachers will work together to investigate, observe, ask questions, collect and analyze data and draw conclusions on topics that may include fishing, pollution, wetlands, habitats, aquatic food chains and much more.  Through the many interactive teaching modules, educators will feel confident to bring activities back to their students.  Participants will receive six (6) NJDOE professional education credits.  Registrants should meet at the Trailside Visitor Center and bring their lunch.  

For more information about this program, or other activities at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit  Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.