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Snakes, Lizards, Birds and More: Union County Hosts Special Nature Programs over President’s Day Weekend

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites families to enjoy “February Festivities,” a nature-filled weekend of shows and activities at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside, this Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19.

February Festivities flyer

Spots are still available for Unique Creatures on Saturday, February 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The show features live animals including snakes, lizards, insects and birds.

 “Along with special programs like February Festivities, the doors of Trailside are open all year ‘round for visitors to walk through and explore the exhibits,” said Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “We are very proud to offer our residents the enriching experiences of our natural heritage in our County parks and at Trailside.”

Pre-registration and a modest fee are required for all February Festivities programs. To register, visit and follow the link to Union County’s secure online registration page. The fee per person per program is $7.00 for Union County residents and $8.00 for non-county residents.

The programs are recommended for families with children ages four and older.

In addition to Unique Creatures, a limited number of spots are available for the following February Festivities activities:

The Journey of Sap to Syrup, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19. See how real maple syrup is made and take part in a taste test to see if you can identify the real thing.

A Winter Walk Scavenger Hunt, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19. Search the woods for buck rubs, bird nests and bright red berries, and enjoy a campfire with hot chocolate and marshmallows. 

The Science of Magic, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, February 19 only, featuring mirrors, magnets and optical illusions.

For more details about February Festivities and other upcoming programs at Trailside, visit or call 908-789-3670.

Aside from special programming, Trailside welcomes visitors free of charge every day except Mondays and major holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please note that Trailside is closed on Monday, February 20, for President’s Day.

For quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities, visit the Green Connection,

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing and other support services, visit General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at

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