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Union County Freeholders Announce July Nature Retreat for Young Adults with Special Needs

Union County, NJ – Young adults with special needs, ages 18-21, are welcome to attend a three-day sensory friendly nature retreat from July 1-3 at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center in the Watchung Reservation, Mountainside.

 “One outstanding feature of Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center is its sensory trail,” said Bette Jane Kowalski, Chair of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. ‘The Freeholder Board is proud that Union County provides this nature retreat as a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our natural surroundings.”

Campers will enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities designed for people with special needs. The sensory trail is the most extensive in the nation, designed to stimulate cognitive, physical and social needs through vision, touch, smell and sound.

Camp slots are limited.  To register, visit  For questions and additional information, call (908) 527-4807 or 527-4781.

Union County’s Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs is part of the county’s Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Individual and Family Support Services. For information about all DHS services for individuals and families, visit


For all Union County programs and services visit, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email or use the online Contact Form.

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