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Get “Back to Nature” This Winter with Outdoor Family Programs at Trailside Nature and Science Center

people playing in the snowCOVID-19 safety precautions will be observed at these events.

Union County, NJ — Now that winter is in full swing, the Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to present Back to Nature, an annual series of outdoor programs for families with children ages four and older.

The series is offered on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., featuring a different nature or science theme each week. Programs begin on February 20 and continue through March 20.

Pre-registration is required online at Please be advised that programs fill up quickly and are available on a first come, first served basis.

“Trailside’s Back to Nature series offers families an opportunity to spend time together in the great outdoors and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the Watchung Reservation,” said County Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

Back to Nature encourages nature discovery through hikes and outdoor activities. Topics include Maple Sugaring, Cool Camouflage, a Winter Scavenger Hunt, Winter Backyard Birds and an Early Spring Hike.

The fee per class is $5.00 for Union County residents and $6.00 for non-county residents. Programs are held rain or shine.back to nature flyer

Masks are required to be worn by all participants. Programs will be held in small groups in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Participants are advised to dress for the outdoors.

For more information about upcoming programs and activities for seniors, families and children at Trailside, please visit or call 908-789-3670.

In-person activities in Union County Parks are limited during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with statewide public health guidelines, and Trailside is closed to the public until further notice.

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located in the Watchung Reservation at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside, and is a service of the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

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

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, visit General information about COVID-19 and updates on state vaccine planning are available through the New Jersey Department of Health at

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