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Explore African-American History and More at Trailside Nature and Science Center

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Union County residents and visitors are invited to enjoy two free educational programs at the Trailside Nature and Science Center, a talk on African-American history in February focusing on Union County, and a “photographic tour” of outer space in March.

“Trailside is a wonderful public resource that inspires us to explore the hidden corners of our world – here on Earth and beyond the stars, too,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “It’s a real pleasure to offer these unique and exciting programs for all to enjoy, free of charge.”

On Friday, February 16, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. John Prescott, History Programs Coordinator of the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, will trace the history of African-Americans going back to the Revolutionary War, in recognition and celebration of African American contributions to the Union County community.

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On Saturday March 24, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. 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 being planned by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

For more information about all programs, classes and activities at Trailside call 908-789-3670 or visit ucnj.org/trailside.

The Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. Trailside is free and open to the public seven days a week, except for holidays.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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