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Get “Back to Nature” with Wintertime Family Fun at Trailside Nature and Science Center


Union County, NJ – With the winter season now fully upon us, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present Back to Nature, a new nature series for families with children of all ages. The programs take place on Saturday mornings and feature a different nature or science theme each week.

“The Back to Nature series offers a great opportunity for families to break the winter routine,  spend time together in the great outdoors and enjoy the natural scenery of the Watchung Reservation,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

Back to Nature encourages nature discovery through hikes and indoor/outdoor activities.

This winter, families will see how real maple sugar is made, discover how to identify winter birds by sight and sound, learn the stories behind legendary constellations and search for early signs of spring on a nature hike.

This program series is offered on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The series begins on February 8 and continues through March 28. There is a maximum of four participants per family. 

Please dress for the weather.

Register online at The fee is $10.00 per class/family of four for Union County residents, and $12.00 per class for non-county residents.

For detailed program descriptions and registration, visit

For more information about all upcoming programs at Trailside, visit or call 908-789-3670.  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.

Quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities are available at The Green Connection,

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