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Trailside Summer Camp Registration begins March 4

Mountainside, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation are pleased to announce that residents of Union County can register online at for Trailside’s popular summer camp and family programs beginning Saturday, March 4th at 9:00 a.m.

“Trailside summer programs offer adults and children a great opportunity to explore the outdoors while learning about nature,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen, “Through the variety of camp and family programs, Trailside has something for everyone this summer.”

Half-day and full-day camps are offered this summer for children pre-first through sixth grade from the end of June through August.  Each day campers spend time outdoors exploring nature through interactive and engaging activities that foster a love for the natural environment.  Parents have commented that the summer programs offer a unique combination of fun activities and educational content.  Children come home each day eager to share what they have learned at Trailside camp. 

Additionally, families can spend quality time together learning about nature.  Fridays are packed full of fun activities for the whole family; including, Bubblemania, Stream Stroll, Pond Search and more.   Enjoy evenings with your family discovering the world of bats and catching tadpoles and crayfish at Seeley’s pond.  Participate in a sing-a-long with interactive, silly skits around a campfire or try an over-night camp-out for beginners.

As of January 1, 2017, a new online registration system, designed to make access to our Parks and Recreation services easy and convenient, has been adopted.   Register online at and create a new account and password.  Please make sure all of your family members are listed in your new account with correct ages.  If you would like to register in-person, the Visitor Center will be open on March 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Cash and credit cards are accepted.  Trailside is unable to accept personal checks as of January 1, 2017. 

For additional information about summer camps and family programs, including camp descriptions and registration policies, please call 908-789-3670 or visit  Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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