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Take a Virtual Trip with Trailside for Earth Day

Union County, NJ – Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center is celebrating Earth Day 2020 with a new online backyard nature walk and other nature videos, activities and programs for all ages.

“The message of Earth Day continues to ring loud and strong, and Trailside continues to provide our residents with programs that inspire, enlighten, and entertain,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Please join us online as we continue our mission of environmental education and stewardship in Union County.”

Trailside is closed to the public during the COVID-19 outbreak but continues to provide online learning in celebration of Earth Day, and beyond.

In a new video, online visitors can follow a Trailside Senior Park Naturalist on a backyard walk and spot a salamander, a trout lily, a woodpecker and more.

To see the video and find a list of Trailside-approved programs including citizen scientist campaigns, zoo cams, and activities for preschoolers, visit

Other online environmental activities available to Union County residents include:

To join a worldwide online celebration of Earth Day, visit

The Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 451 New Providence Road in Mountainside, in Union County’s Watchung Reservation. It follows the National Parks Service “trailside museum” model for fostering environmental stewardship, and was the first such nature center to be established in New Jersey, in 1941.

Union County’s environmental programming includes open space preservation, nature education, recycling, tree planting, pollinator habitats, community gardening and more. For quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities visit Please note that in-person activities are limited at this time due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for the Union County Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, visit

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at

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