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February Festivities Winter fun for all ages returns to Trailside – County of Union, New Jersey on February 19-20


Union County, NJ – January 14, 2022 – Union County residents looking for family-friendly outdoor fun during President’s Day weekend are invited to visit Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center for a dedicated series of outdoor nature programs. Trailside is on the Watchung Reservation at 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside. Sufficient free parking spaces are available on the premises.

The programs are recommended for families with children aged four and over.

“The Trailside February festivities feature a variety of programs designed to entertain and delight visitors of all ages, and all are set in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Watchung Reservation,” said Commissioner Board Chair Rebecca Williams.

Depending on the weather, three programs will be offered daily on Saturday, February 19 and Monday, February 21.

A Wildlife Winter Walk is offered from 10:00 to 10:45. Participants learn how animals get used to long, cold days and go on a hike to look for shelters and hiding spots, looking for animal tracks, nibbled twigs, and other tell-tale signs of visiting animal neighbors.

The journey from juice to syrup takes place from 11.30 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. See how 100% real maple syrup is made from the sap of a sugar maple tree. Find out what equipment is needed to collect juice and take a taste test to see if you can identify the real thing.

A winter hike scavenger hunt takes place from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Enjoy a scavenger hunt through the reserve to see how many items you can find.

All participants are invited to end their outdoor experience around a warm campfire with hot chocolate.

Advance booking is required for all February celebration programs. To sign up, visit and follow the link to Union County’s secure online registration page.

The fee per person per class is US $ 5.00 for Union County residents and US $ 6.00 for non-county residents.

Face covering is recommended. Participants are advised to dress for outdoor use.

For more information on the February celebrations and other upcoming programs at Trailside, visit or call 908-789-3670.

The Trailside Nature and Science Center is a service provided by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. Quick links to all of the Commission’s environmental programs and activities can be found at The Green Connection,

For more information and updates on all Union County’s services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccinations, free tests, emergency food supplies, and other support services, please visit ucnj.orgcovid19. General information about COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at

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For all of Union County’s programs and services, visit, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email [email protected], or use the online contact form.

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