The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation are pleased to announce the free lectures for adults 18 years and older and high school students, in the fall season at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. 

“Trailside offers engaging and diverse lecture topics at its popular Visitor Center.  The 2,060 acre reservation is a great destination in fall,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.                  

On Tuesday, October 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., The American Historical Theatre offers a compelling theatrical re-enactment, made possible in part by the New Jersey Council for the HumanitiesTheodore Roosevelt: American in the Arena recreates the time when President McKinley was assassinated in 1901, and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt bounded into Washington, D. C as the youngest President in history.   His vigorous persona helped catapult the U.S. into the new century.  His accomplishments were plentiful and diverse: War hero to Nobel Peace Prize winner, naturalist to imperialist. 

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On Saturday, October 21 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  NASA Solar Ambassador Paul Cirillo will speak on What’s Next For Human Space Travel.  Cirillo, a popular lecturer at Trailside,   will present a fascinating lecture about the future for human space programs planned in the United States, China and Russia.  The lecture also includes the project of the four U.S. commercial companies, Space X, Boeing, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic.  Space tourism, space stations, moon bases and a journey to Mars are the inspiring and thrilling topics discussed.  Learn about these exciting projects and others as we prepare for these upcoming new voyages.   

For more information about these programs or other activities at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside.    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.

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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