FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2013

Public Contact: Parks Department, 908-527-4900

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Tickets Are Available for Autumn Hay Rides & Family Fun

 Around the Campfire at Trailside Nature & Science Center


Enjoy a sing-along as marshmallows are toasted by the fire


MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Tickets are on sale for autumn hay rides and fun around the campfire at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, these fun-filled autumn activities include hay rides, folk songs around a campfire, hot chocolate and marshmallows toasted over the fire.


Hay ride tickets are available at three locations: every day from noon to 5 p.m. at Trailside Nature and Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, in Mountainside; weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Union County Administration Building, Department of Parks & Community Renewal, 2nd Floor, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza at Rahway Avenue in Elizabeth; or at the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Avenue East, in Westfield, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday.


No tickets will be sold at the hay rides. Tickets for these popular outings must be purchased in advance – so don’t wait until it’s too late! Seating for the hay rides is limited. The cost is $6 for Union County residents and $12 for out-of-county participants. Rides begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Friday evenings of Sept. 20; Oct. 4, 11, 18; and at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13.


For further information, call Trailside Nature and Science Center at 908-789-3670; or the Union County Department of Parks & Community Renewal at 908-527-4900; or visit the Union County website at


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