MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Two free lectures for adults and high school students will be offered at Trailside Nature and Science Center this winter.

“Come and enjoy stimulating programs this winter at Trailside”, said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.  “It’s a great way to get together with friends for an inspiring, educational and inexpensive experience.” 

From 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb, 16,  John Prescott, History Programs Coordinator of the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, will trace the history of African-Americans, with highlighted stories in our county, going back to the Revolutionary War.  This talk recognizes and celebrates African American contributions to the Union County community.       

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From 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday March 24, NASA Solar System Ambassador Paul Cirillo will present a breathtaking photographic tour of the planets, asteroids and comets in our Solar System.   The talk will also highlight the current and future space missions that NASA and the Jet Propulsion laboratory have planned to explore these celestial wonders.  There will be ample time for questions and answers. 

For more information about these programs or other activities at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit 

Trailside Nature and Science Center, at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside, is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.