MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Union County residents of all ages can meet live animals, celebrate wildlife and embrace environmental conservation at a fun and educational event in honor of Earth Day at the Trailside Nature and Science Center on April 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are required and must be worn by all participants, and social distancing guidelines must be observed at this outdoor event.

Among the activities, Earth Day at Trailside features three live animal experiences:

  • In 'Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery', visitors will meet live snakes, turtles and an alligator as they learn about the characteristics of these cold-blooded creatures. This show is offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Enjoy an amazing and comical presentation featuring live mammals and birds from around the world with 'Eyes of the Wild' at 12:30 p.m.
  • Listen for the sounds of spring and have fun looking for wildflowers, young leaves, bird nests and baby animals by taking part in a guided 'Spring Nature Walk'. The walks are offered at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required and available for all programs by visiting

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A per person fee per program of $7 applies for Union County residents. The fee is $8 for non-County residents.

As part of the Earth Day Every Day, event visitors can take a self-guided stroll along Union County’s Sensory Friendly Trail and enjoy a Recycled Art Wildlife Walk. Residents will learn about the importance of recycling as they encounter colorful eco-art made from more than 4,000 recycled plastic bottles as part of this free outdoor exhibit. No pre-registration is required for this activity.

Earth Day is officially recognized worldwide each year on April 22. For more information visit

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