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The Art of “Flower Arranging” with Kurt Christoffers, Returns to Trailside on Nov. 10

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to celebrate the 75th season of programs at Trailside with the popular adult workshop Flower Arranging, on Thursday November 10, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.   The class is well timed to meet the challenges of dressing the holiday table with style and beauty. 

“What better way to prepare for the holidays, than with a relaxing and creative flower arranging workshop,” said  Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

Kurt Christoffers, master floral designer and owner of the innovative Christoffers Flowers of Mountainside, demonstrates how to arrange a centerpiece using nature’s best harvest.   Participants can relax as they watch Kurt gracefully design an artistic piece.  Floral material and a container will be provided for each participant.   Participants should bring their own shears or clippers if they have them.  Each student will take home their own unique arrangements.  The fee is $25 for residents of Union County and $30 for out of county residents.

Mark your calendar for Saturday November 12, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. when NASA Solar System Ambassador Paul Cirillo lectures on the fascinating,Encounter with Pluto.  The lecturer 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 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.