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Enjoy Union County Parks in March

Union County, NJ – As winter’s chill gives way to blustery spring weather, Union County residents and visitors can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities at the Trailside Nature and Science Center, located in the Watchung Reservation.

Special programs for toddlers and preschool children continue each week throughout March, along with programs for school-age children.

“With the Watchung Reservation as a backdrop, Trailside helps raise awareness of our natural heritage through hands-on learning, exploration, and creativity,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “Generations of Union County residents have grown up with Trailside, and the Freeholder Board is proud to support this unique educational resource.”

  • For toddlers and children up to age three (with adult), Trailside offers the Toddler Time series on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings.
  • Preschool children ages three and four (with adult) are invited to join the Two of Us series on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.
  • Small Fry Days on Wednesday mornings is a drop-off series tailored for children ages four to six.

Upcoming topics for Toddler Time, Two of Us, and Small Fry Days include animal survival tricks, rainforests, owls, and more. All three programs feature hands-on exploration, crafts and other fun activities tailored for different age groups.

Older children ages 7-10 can explore life under ice, animal tracking, and winter birding activities through the new Kids Exploration series on Saturday mornings.

For complete details including hours and participation fees, visit Trailside online and view the Winter 2019 brochure.

Registration for Trailside’s summer camps begins on March 2. Register online at In-person registration is welcome at the Trailside Visitor Center on March 2 from 9:00 a.m. to – 4:00 p.m. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Out-of-county residents may register online or in person beginning Monday, March 4 at 9:00 a.m. For complete details view the Summer 2019 brochure online.

For more details and pre-registration information for all Trailside programs, visit online at, call 908-789-3670 or email

Trailside Nature and 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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