Saturday, June 3.  Rain or shine.

Celebrate National Trails Day by taking a guided nature walk in the Watchung Reservation. Afterwards, volunteer on a trail work project. If you can’t make this scheduled event, visit the Watchung Stable, Trailside Nature & Science Center or hike a trail in any one of Union County’s 35 other parks at your own convenience! For more information about the Union County Park System, go to

8:15-8:30 a.m.     CHECK-IN:  Check-in at the old museum building  and enjoy a continental breakfast including bagels, muffins, juice and coffee for all pre-registered project participants.           

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8:30-10:00 a.m.    RESERVATION RAMBLE: Join a Trailside Nature & Science Center naturalist for a guided hike.  Look and listen for birds, check out the Blue Brook, and discover the diversity of plants and animals that live in this scenic 2,143-acre preserve.  For: ages 7 years and up (children must be accompanied by an adult).

10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.      TRAIL WORK PROJECT:  Our trails need your help!  We will be working to address trail erosion and to remove invasive vegetation along a hiking trail.  Have fun, give back to the trails that give you enjoyment, and learn trail building and maintenance skills! 

Email: to pre-register

Meet:  At the old museum building (building on the left) at the bottom of the hill below Trailside Nature & Science Center’s main parking lot (452 New Providence Road, Mountainside).

Wear: Sturdy boots or sneakers and clothes that can get dirty.

For information about Union County’s 13th Annual Bio-Blitz on June 16 & 17, or the Adopt-A-Park or

Adopt-A-Trail Programs, go to or