The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors of all ages to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of National Trails Day at the Watchung Reservation on Saturday, June 2, with a volunteer trail restoration project in the morning followed by an afternoon of special programs and activities.

The trail restoration project will take place rain or shine from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants will be treated to a continental breakfast and learn how to repair a section of trail bed. The project also involves removing invasive plants.

“Walking the peaceful, rustic trails of the Watchung Reservation is a rare pleasure in today’s bustling world,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Our volunteers work hard to keep the trails in shape for all to enjoy, and we truly appreciate their efforts.”

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Trail work participants must be seven years of age or older and children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required by contacting bkelly@uncj.org.

In the afternoon, Union County’s Trailside Nature & Science Center will offer a full slate of activities and programs for all ages, including four guided walks. Each walk has a different theme: sensory awareness, geocaching, leading a hike through blazed trails, and basics of birding.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act, signed into law by President Johnson on October 2, 1968.

For full schedule of National Trails Day activities and other programs at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit online at ucnj.org/trailside.   

The Trailside Nature & Science Center is located in the Watchung Reservation in Mountainside, at 452 New Providence Road.

Quick links to more information about Trailside, Union County parks, and all of Union County’s environmental programs and activities are available at The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection

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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