UNION, NJ - If you like the outdoors, Union Public Library (UPL) is (virtually) the place to be. As part of their Summer Reading Kick-Off, UPL will celebrate with two outdoor programs in June and more to come in July and August.  These programs are free and open to the public and can be accessed by registering at http://bit.ly/UPLlive at least one hour in advance.   Programs for June:

Square Foot Gardening – Grow Your Own Food

The first program on Mon., June 22, from 11:00 a.m. – noon, is for those interested in food, and or gardening – and who isn’t! Althea Llewellyn, an Environmental Educator, speaker and master gardener will show you how to create a Square Foot Gardening Program and grow your own food. This method makes gardening accessible to everyone, from the beginner to the seasoned and weary gardener. She promises that it’s easy and economical.  This innovative gardening method created by Mel Bartholomew allows everyone to develop a green thumb. The session will also include plenty of time for people to ask questions about their own gardens.

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Hiking LIVE @ Watchung Reservation 

If you’ve always wanted to hike in New Jersey but didn’t know where to start, why not participate in a live ZOOM (virtual) hike with Bill Reynolds of the Tri-State Ramblers Hiking Club, on Wed. June 24, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Bill will actually be on a hike as he shares hiking tips, paths, and adventures as he hikes. Other hikers will add insight and observations on this fun and safe activity for people of all ages.