Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. is inviting children, adults and families to the Essex County Environmental Center’s 12th Annual Fall Family Festival. This exciting and fun-filled event is a great way to learn about the environment as you celebrate the arrival of fall. The free day-long activities will be held as follows: Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016 Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Place: Essex County Environmental Center 621B Eagle Rock Avenue Roseland, NJ The Fall Family Festival will be held RAIN or SHINE. “The Fall Family Festival is a great opportunity to visit our state-of-the-art Environmental Center and meet our environmental partners,” DiVincenzo said. “I invite you to celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Essex County Environmental Center’s Annual Fall Family Celebration! Take a walk in our pumpkin patch, learn about a variety of grassroots groups that work to protect the environment and paddle down the Passaic River at a leisurely pace,” he added. Visitors to the Fall Family Festival can go on canoe trips on the Passaic River or nature walks in Essex County’s West Essex Park. There will be a petting zoo, gardening tips, a live beehive display, woodturning demonstrations, pumpkin carving demonstrations, nature arts and crafts, face painting, a pumpkin patch maze, display tables from a variety of eco-vendors and live music. Partnering with the Environmental Center are New Jersey Audubon, Essex County Master Gardeners, Essex County Beekeepers, 4-H Club, Essex County Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Woodturners Association and the Essex County Environmental Commission. The Fall Family Festival is sponsored by Whole Foods, Rezza Restaurant, TD Bank and Aramark. Admission throughout the day is free, but vendor items will be for sale. For more information, please call 973-228-8776. The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 22 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.