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Free Guided Walks for Seniors at Trailside Nature and Science Center

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites senior residents to participate in a series of guided tours at Trailside Nature and Science Center on Wednesdays in March from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This series is free and open to participants age 55 and older. The tours highlight a different topic each week. 

“We encourage our senior residents to head over to Trailside for this series of interactive mornings with a Park Naturalist. These guided walks are a great way to combine learning about different aspects of wildlife and nature, while enjoying the peaceful surroundings of the Watchung Reservation,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

On March 11, residents will discover how maple syrup is made from the sap of a sugar maple tree, a procedure which is unique to this part of the world.  The program includes a taste test and walk to a tapped tree to see if conditions are right for sap to flow.

On March 18, seniors can learn more about seven species of backyard birds. Pete Axelrod, Education Outreach Coordinator for Wild Birds Unlimited in Scotch Plains, will identify songs, nests and fun facts about several different birds.

On March 25, participants are invited to join a tour of Trailside’s Visitor Center.  As the first nature center in New Jersey, Trailside has evolved from an old garage into a modern facility. A Park Naturalist will lead a tour of the innovative exhibits that make up the Watchung Reservation.

Registration for each walk can be completed by visiting

For more information about the guided tours for seniors and other activities for adults, families and children at Trailside, please 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.


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