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Encounter with Pluto – Trailside Lecture on Nov. 12

evThe Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to celebrate the 75th season of programs at Trailside with an astronomy lecture for adults, “Encounter with Pluto”, which  will take place on Saturday November 12, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  

“Astronomy is a subject of endless fascination and amazement and this lecture will not disappoint the listener,” notes Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.  

The popular lecturer and NASA Solar System Ambassador Paul Cirillo, returns to Trailside for a talk on this intriguing subject.  Cirillo’s lecture explains how each of our solar system’s planets was discovered, highlighting Pluto, a place never before visited.  The lecturer offers an engaging presentation about New Horizons, NASA’s mission to the far reaches of our solar system.  The audience will be treated to amazing photos and will learn of surprising discoveries made about this dwarf planet.  This lecture is free. High School Students are welcomed.

The final program of the season is Project WILD, a teacher training workshop offered on Thursday, December 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The workshop offers a multitude of interdisciplinary hands-on and educational activities, teacher tested and classroom ready for K-12 students. It can assist the teacher in preparing lessons on math, science, social studies, literary and art for  any grade level.   The lessons are correlated to NJ Core Curriculum Content

Standards.  Participants receive six (6) NJDOE credits.  Morning refreshments are served.  Bring lunch.   The fee is $20.  The curriculum guide is included in the cost of the program.

Registration is available online for these programs and other activities at Trailside by visiting, and click the online registration tab.  Registration is also available in person from 12:00-4:45 PM daily.  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.  For more information please call Trailside at 908-789-3670.