MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The 'Trailside Talks' lecture series, offering adults and high school students the opportunity to participate in educational lectures on a wide variety of topics while also experiencing the natural beauty of the Watchung Reservation, will continue May 4 and May 8 at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in the Watchung Reservation.

Attendance is free of charge.

NASA Solar System Ambassador Paul Cirillo will present 'From Apollo to Tomorrow -- What’s Next for Human Space Travel', on Saturday, May 4, beginning at 2 p.m. The program will celebrate the 50 years since the Apollo missions led the way for human space exploration.

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Cirillo will also share information about the human space programs planned by the United States, China, Russia and four American commercial companies. Space gateways, moon bases, a journey to Mars and even space tourism are included.  

Celebrating Union County Women’s History will be presented on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. John Prescott, History Programs Coordinator for the County of Union’s Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, will discuss inventors, writers, educators, activists, athletes and other notable women in Union County history. This program is supported in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission.

For more information about these programs, call 908-789-3670 or visit

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